Ecological Effects of Fire in South African Ecosystems

  • Peter V. de Booysen
  • Neil M. Tainton
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. B. J. Huntley
    Pages 1-17
  3. F. J. Kruger, R. C. Bigalke
    Pages 67-114
  4. N. M. Tainton, M. T. Mentis
    Pages 115-147
  5. W. S. W. Trollope
    Pages 149-175
  6. J. E. Granger
    Pages 177-197
  7. W. S. W. Trollope
    Pages 199-217
  8. M. T. Mentis, N. M. Tainton
    Pages 245-254
  9. R. C. Bigalke, K. Willan
    Pages 255-271
  10. A. Cass, M. J. Savage, F. M. Wallis
    Pages 311-325
  11. J. M. Bosch, R. E. Schulze, F. J. Kruger
    Pages 327-348
  12. P. J. Edwards
    Pages 349-362
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 367-428

About these proceedings


This is a stimulating tale of the interplay of observation, experimentation, working hypotheses, tentative conclusions, niggling and weightier doubts and great aspirations, on the part of some score of students, on varied ecological and other aspects of the regime and role of fire in relevant biomes and ecosystem- mainly in South Africa - and on other pertinent features of fire ecology. The impressive contents is a tribute to conveners and authors alike. One can expect a profound range and depth ofinvestigation and interpretation, a closeknit fabric of knowledge, delicately interwoven with wisdom, an exposition and quintessence of information. Admipable is the collective vision responsible for selecting appropriate topics: the wide sweeps of the brush picturing the nature of the biomes; ably describing the fire regimes - whether in grassland, savanna, fynbos or forest; skillfully defining the effects of such regimes - according to ecosystem - upon aerial and edaphic factors of the habitat, upon constituent biota, individually, specifically and as a biotic community; elucidating the basic implications in the structure and dynamics of the plant aspect of that community ... and unravelling to some degree the tangled knot of the conservation and dissipation of moisture and nutrients. Moreover, gratitude is owed for efforts exerted to understand the interplay of fire and faunal behaviour and dynamics as well as composition, together with the principle of adaptive responses of organisms of diverse kinds.


Feuer Landschaftsökologie Savanna biotic community ecology ecosystem environment environmental contamination fauna forest landscape ecology soil vegetation water Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter V. de Booysen
    • 1
  • Neil M. Tainton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Grassland ScienceUniversity of NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69807-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69805-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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