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Herbivores

Allan Sebata

National University of Science and Technology

Prof Dr. Allan Sebata received his Ph.D. degree in rangeland ecology from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. He is an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management. In recent years, his research has focused on herbivory, restoration ecology, and management of rangelands for both livestock and wild ungulates. Prof. Allan is s researcher with over seventeen years of publishing experience in reputable international journals.

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Foraging Behaviour Ecological Engineers Habitat Manipulation Savanna Ecosystems Habitat Selection Anti-predator Behaviour Population Dynamics Dietary Choices Crop Damage Pest Control Integrated Pest Management Biological Control

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Herbivores are organisms that mostly feed on plants to meet their energy requirements. They have specialized digestive systems that enable them to digest a wide variety of plant types including grasses. Herbivores range in size from tiny insects such as aphids to large elephants. They play important ecological roles through their different foraging mechanisms as grazers, browsers, detritivores, folivores, frugivores, and granivores. For instance, herbivores can influence savanna structure through seed and seedling herbivory as well as seed dispersal.

This book will examine the role of vertebrate and invertebrate herbivores in shaping ecosystems such as the savanna. In addition, the role of herbivores in ecosystems that are increasingly affected by anthropogenic factors and climate change will be explored. Large herbivores are being lost in and around protected areas affecting the functioning of these ecosystems. For example, the replacement of multiple herbivore feeding guilds by grazers alone alters tree seedling recruitment patterns.

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Date completed: April 19th 2022

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Expected publication date: December 3rd 2022

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Allan Sebata

National University of Science and Technology

Prof Dr. Allan Sebata is an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. He received his PhD degree in rangeland ecology from the same university. Allan earned his BSc Honours in agriculture (animal science) and MSc in animal science from the University of Zimbabwe. He teaches undergraduate level courses in mammalogy, wildlife nutrition, rangeland ecology and management, animal anatomy & physiology, and vertebrate population dynamics, and postgraduate courses in animal taxonomy and behavioral ecology of mammals, in addition to supervising research projects. In recent years, his research has focused on herbivory, restoration ecology and management of rangelands for both livestock and wild ungulates. Allan has published papers in internationally recognized journals, while also being actively involved in peer review of manuscripts.

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