Disturbance and Plant Succession in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in the American Southwest
Disturbances such as fire, land clearing, and road building remove vegetation and can have major influences on public health through effects on air quality, aesthetics, recreational opportunities, natural resource availability, and economics. Plant recovery and succession following disturbance are poorly understood in arid lands relative to more temperate regions. This study quantitatively reviewed vegetation reestablishment following a variety of disturbances in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of southwestern North America. A total of 47 studies met inclusion criteria for the review.
Abella, S.R. 2010. Disturbance and plant succession in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in the American Southwest. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 7(4):1248-1284.