|Title||An ecosystem services perspective on brush management: research priorities for competing land-use objectives|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Archer SR, Predick KI|
|Journal||Journal of Ecology|
|Keywords||bush clearing, drylands, ecosystem services, shrub encroachment, state change, vegetation change, woody plant encroachment, woody weeds|
1. The vegetation of semi-arid and arid landscapes is often comprised of mixtures of herbaceous and woody vegetation. Since the early 1900s, shifts from herbaceous to woody plant dominance, termed woody plant encroachment and widely regarded as a state change, have occurred world-wide. This shift presents challenges to the conservation of grassland and savanna ecosystems and to animal production in commercial ranching systems and pastoral societies.