Feature Papers from Grasses Editorial Board Members

A special issue of Grasses (ISSN 2813-3463).

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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a Special Issue in Grasses, entitled “Feature Papers from Grasses Editorial Board Members”. This Special Issue aims to highlight the various research findings in the field represented by EBMs, as well as the outstanding questions. We believe that it is a good opportunity for other scholars in related fields to increase their knowledge of and select our journal. All EBMs are invited to contribute original research articles or reviews matching the aim and scope of the Journal, which will all be peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication.

Prof. Dr. Fabio Gresta
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Influence of Environmental Factors on Species Richness and Diversity in a Semi-Arid Environment, South Africa
by Nthabeliseni Munyai, Abel Ramoelo, Samuel Adelabu, Hugo Bezuidenhout and Hassan Sadiq
Grasses 2023, 2(4), 218-229; https://doi.org/10.3390/grasses2040017 - 23 Oct 2023
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The Nama Karoo biome is one of the least well-studied biomes in the semi-arid region of South Africa, and essential baseline biodiversity data for this region are lacking. The aim of the present study was to examine the influence of environmental factors on [...] Read more.
The Nama Karoo biome is one of the least well-studied biomes in the semi-arid region of South Africa, and essential baseline biodiversity data for this region are lacking. The aim of the present study was to examine the influence of environmental factors on the species diversity and richness of Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa, which includes this vital biome. Vegetation data were obtained using the step-point method. Both species richness and diversity were unaffected by slope, aspect, coarse fragments, and soil texture. Multiple linear regression analyses indicated that a combination of four variables (nitrogen, clay, and sand contents, and longitude) should be included in the optimal model for species richness, and the optimal model for species diversity also revealed four influencing variables: soil organic carbon, clay and sand contents, and longitude. Overall, both species richness and diversity could be predicted by a combination of climatic, topographic, and soil properties. The findings of this study can be used as a reference for the effects of environmental factors on plant species richness and diversity in semi-arid environments. Full article
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