Plant recolonization after severe degradation: A case study in the Negev highlands of Israel

M. Agami, A. Eshel, Y. Waisel

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Abstract

Desert plant communities that have been destroyed have recuperated within approximately 30 years. The swift recovery of plant cover is enabled, in part, by the inherent fast rate of re-establishment and turn-over of perennial plants of such communities, selected for those traits during thousands of years of intensive human interference. Such acquired traits are characteristic of several dessert shrub communities, e.g. Serphidium sieberi and Zygophyllum dumosum associations. These shrub associations are stable, though the turn, over rate of their constituent species is very rapid, i:e. 3-5 years for the various species of Helianthemum and Reaumuria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1998

Keywords

  • Desert shrubs
  • Helianthemum
  • Reaumuria
  • Recolonization
  • Succession

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