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Activity and short-term impacts of dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) foraging on perennial coastal sand dune vegetation
Year:
2016
Source of publication :
Journal of Arid Environments
Authors :
Henkin, Zalmen
;
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Volume :
133
Co-Authors:
Katz, O., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Kam, M., Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Carmi, A., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Degen, A.A., Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Henkin, Z., Beef Cattle Section, Newe-Ya'ar Research Center, Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, Israel
Bar Kutiel, P., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Facilitators :
From page:
47
To page:
53
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Total pages:
7
)
Abstract:
Previous studies have demonstrated the camels' (1) dietary preference for perennial plants, (2) low selectivity among perennial species, and (3) ability to remove large amounts of perennial biomass, thus causing irreversible damage on the landscape. We studied the activity and feeding behaviour of camels on coastal sand dunes dominated by the dwarf shrub Artemisia monosperma, as well as the short-term impacts of camel foraging on perennial vegetation. The herd foraged on four semi-stabilised dunes during summer, when the available biomass was composed almost entirely of perennials. We recorded the activity and feeding selectivity of the camels, as well as the consumption and recovery of the common perennial plant species. The camels were selective foragers and spent relatively little time feeding when the more palatable perennial species became scarcer. Most of the more palatable (herbaceous) species were consumed, and these plant species recovered faster and more abundantly than the less palatable (both woody and herbaceous) species, which were hardly consumed. A. monosperma was practically avoided despite its dominance, even when more palatable species were nearly absent. In conclusion, results suggest that camels are selective feeders, and will not cause irreversible damage to the local vegetation. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
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Related Files :
Artemisia monosperma
Behaviour
camel
Dune stabilisation
Feeding selectivity
Mediterranean
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DOI :
10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.05.004
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Database:
Scopus
Publication Type:
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Language:
English
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ID:
29016
Last updated date:
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Activity and short-term impacts of dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) foraging on perennial coastal sand dune vegetation
133
Katz, O., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Kam, M., Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Carmi, A., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Degen, A.A., Desert Animal Adaptations and Husbandry, Wyler Department of Dryland Agriculture, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Henkin, Z., Beef Cattle Section, Newe-Ya'ar Research Center, Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, Israel
Bar Kutiel, P., Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er-Sheva, Israel
Activity and short-term impacts of dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) foraging on perennial coastal sand dune vegetation
Previous studies have demonstrated the camels' (1) dietary preference for perennial plants, (2) low selectivity among perennial species, and (3) ability to remove large amounts of perennial biomass, thus causing irreversible damage on the landscape. We studied the activity and feeding behaviour of camels on coastal sand dunes dominated by the dwarf shrub Artemisia monosperma, as well as the short-term impacts of camel foraging on perennial vegetation. The herd foraged on four semi-stabilised dunes during summer, when the available biomass was composed almost entirely of perennials. We recorded the activity and feeding selectivity of the camels, as well as the consumption and recovery of the common perennial plant species. The camels were selective foragers and spent relatively little time feeding when the more palatable perennial species became scarcer. Most of the more palatable (herbaceous) species were consumed, and these plant species recovered faster and more abundantly than the less palatable (both woody and herbaceous) species, which were hardly consumed. A. monosperma was practically avoided despite its dominance, even when more palatable species were nearly absent. In conclusion, results suggest that camels are selective feeders, and will not cause irreversible damage to the local vegetation. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
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