Spatial variability in subterranean termite assemblage on grazing lands in semi-arid Nakasongola, Uganda

Surges in termite activity and the associated destructive behavior have resulted into enormous deterioration of grazing lands in semi-arid Nakasongola in the drylands of central Uganda. Termites frequently attack and severely damage grasses and legumes in pasture swards. Understanding the nature and the variability in termite assemblage structure across varying ecosystem conditions is pertinent in elucidating the ecological drivers of termite behavior, as well as in developing ecologically sustainable termite management interventions. The study is therefore establishing the spatial variability in termite assemblage across vegetation types on grazing lands in semi-arid Nakasongola. The study is investigating the structure of assemblages and their spatial variability.
Les mouvements dans l’activité des termites et le comportement associé destructrices ont résulté en une détérioration considérable de terres de pâturage dans Nakasongola, dans les zones arides du centre de l’Ouganda. Les termites attaquent fréquemment et les herbes nuisent gravement à la légumineuse dans les pelouses de pâturages. Comprendre la nature et la variabilité de la structure des peuplements de termites dans l’état des écosystèmes variables est pertinente dans la compréhension du comportement des conducteurs écologiques de termites, ainsi que dans le développement écologiquement durable de gestion des interventions contre les termites. L’étude est donc de démontrer la variabilité spatiale dans l’assemblage de termites dans les types de végétation sur les terres de pâturage dans les zones semi-arides de Nakasongola. L’étude fait l’enquête de la structure des assemblages et de leur variabilité spatiale.
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