Tropical Land Use and Its Effects on Stream Communities

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Tropical, Nigeria, Benthic, Invertebrates, Land Use
Authors:
  • Umar, Harding D.M
Journal: Journal of Environmental Sciences and Policy Evaluation Volume: 4
Number: 2 Pages: 165-196
Month: December
Abstract:
Globally, stream invertebrate communities have been shown to respond to habitat degradation as a result of land use changes. The effects of land use changes on stream communities have been well documented in temperate regions, however, their effects in the tropics are relatively unknown, particularly where land use activities can differ markedly (e.g., tea, maize and Eucalyptus plantations). To understand how land use affects tropical highland Nigerian stream communities, we reviewed stream benthic ecology of the tropics.