Monday, October 09, 2006
Newly published HOORC research: biodiversity of the Okavango Delta
"Species Diversity of the Okavango Delta", by HOORC researchers and associates Lars Ramberg, Peter Hancock, Markus Lindholm, Thoralf Meyer, Susan Ringrose, Jan Sliva, Jo Van As and Cornelis Vander Post was published in the journal Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries Online First on 5 October 2006. The article points out that species diversity of the Okavango Delta is a consequence of its unique environment, with dynamic shifts in flooding patterns that in turn force constant changes in patterns of plant succession and dependent animals. Temporal variations in flooding also cause accumulation and sudden mobilization of nutrients which are readily used by well adapted plant species. As a consequence, locally high biological productivity occurs, which in turn results in high numbers of grazing mammals.
Photo: Researchers in the Delta, AQUARAP 2000