Researchers redefine drylands

Researchers redefine drylands

DRYLANDS often evoke images of desolate, scorched, uninhabitable deserts, but arid and semi-arid lands are complex ecosystems made up of grasses, shrubs, agricultural fields and urban-dwelling plants and animals.

Globally, researchers say drylands are becoming mosaics that need fresh perspectives and explanations for ecosystem processes — views that go beyond traditional paradigms of grassland-to-shrubland conversion.


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