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Management of Savannas for Livestock Production in North-East Australia: Contrasts Across the Tree-Grass Continuum

W. H. Burrows, J. O. Carter, J. C. Scanlan and E. R. Anderson
Journal of Biogeography
Vol. 17, No. 4/5, Savanna Ecology and Management: Australian Perspectives and Intercontinental Comparisons (Jul. - Sep., 1990), pp. 503-512
Published by: Wiley
DOI: 10.2307/2845383
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2845383
Page Count: 10
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Management of Savannas for Livestock Production in North-East Australia: Contrasts Across the Tree-Grass Continuum
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Abstract

Three distinctive savannas of north-east Australia, originally dominated by unpalatable Eucalyptus L'Herit spp., the valuable fodder Acacia aneura F. Muell. and Astrebla F. Muell. ex Benth. spp. grasslands are described. In each case an imbalance of woody and herbaceous plants now poses a threat to successful pastoralism. Tree/shrub-grass relationships and the impact of fire are examined for each community. Utilization of these areas for beef and wool production is discussed and some approaches to predictive modelling of the systems are outlined.

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