Arid Ecosystems

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 251–259 | Cite as

The effect of grazing intensity on the transformation of arid-steppe ecosystems in the Manych Valley

  • N. V. Lebedeva
  • L. P. Ilyina
  • A. V. Ponomarev
  • R. M. Savitsky
Applied Problems of Arid Lands Development

Abstract

The influence of grazing intensity on the state of soils, vegetation, composition of arachnids, and land-nesting birds in arid-steppe ecosystems of the Manych Valley is discussed. It is shown that, with an increase in grazing intensity, the height of plants, projective cover, land phytomass, humus content, and soil humidity decrease, whereas the soil density increases in the surface layer, which entails a change in the structure of arachnid and bird communities.

Keywords

grazing intensity arid-steppe ecosystem soil vegetation arachnid fauna avifauna Kuma-Manych Depression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. V. Lebedeva
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. P. Ilyina
    • 1
  • A. V. Ponomarev
    • 1
  • R. M. Savitsky
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Arid Zones, Southern Scientific CenterRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Azov Branch, Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Kola Scientific CenterRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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