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Ecological effects of harvester ant Messor capensis nest-mounds on Karoo plants

W. R. J. Dean
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 14, No 1 | a601 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v14i1.601 | © 1995 W. R. J. Dean | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 July 1995 | Published: 10 July 1995

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W. R. J. Dean,, South Africa

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The influence of harvester ant Messor capensis nest-mounds on plants in arid shrubland was investigated at Tierberg, Prince Albert, Cape Province, during 1991. Nest-mound soils contained significantly more phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and organic matter than surrounding soils. Nest-mound soils also contained more viable seeds than the soil of inter-mound spaces, and more seedlings germinated on nest-mounds than in inter-mound spaces.


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