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Dominant species’ resprout biomass dynamics after cutting in the Sudanian savanna-woodlands of West Africa: long term effects of annual early fire and grazing

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Dayamba, S. D., Savadogo, P., Sawadogo, L., Zida, D., Tiveau, D., & Oden, P. C. 2011. Dominant species’ resprout biomass dynamics after cutting in the Sudanian savanna-woodlands of West Africa: long term effects of annual early fire and grazing. Annals of forest science, vol. 68 no. 3, pp. 555-564.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:


  • Regional Office for West Africa 06, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) BP 9478 Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
  • Département Productions Forestières, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, INERA, 03 BP 7047 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso
  • Tropical Silviculture and Seed Laboratory, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences PO Box 49, SE-230 53 Alnarp, Sweden


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Species Info

  • Crossopteryx febrifuga
  • Detarium microcarpum
  • Acacia macrostachya
  • Entada africana
  • Combretum ghazalense
  • Combretum glutinosum


  • This study examined the potential for forest regeneration after harvest in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
  • The study area is a tropical dry forest of tree-shrub dominated by trees of Combretaceae and Mimosaceae (Fabeaceae). The area is part of the Sudanian savanna ecoregion, stretching across Africa , and receives approximately 700-1200 mm of rain, interspersed by a 6-7 month dry season. Firewood is the major source of home energy. It is estimated that 25-50% of the forest area naturally burns each year, and all areas burn every 2-3 years. Cattle browsing is also common in the region, especially on the grass that sprouts after burns.
  • Researchers recorded the shoot survival of tees in grazed and non-grazed areas, with fire and without. Species monitored were Crossopteryx febrifuga, Detarium microcarpum, Acacia macrostachya, Entada africana, Combretum ghazalense and Combretum glutinosum.
  • Differences in bark thickness produced differences in the fire resistance. Burning regimes did not affect mortality of A. macrostachya and C. glutinosum, and burning promoted survival of E. africana and C. febrifuga.
  • Grazing increased the mortality of D. microcarpum and E. africana.
  • Burning increased the basal area in C. glutinosum but reduced that of A. macrostachya, C. febrifuga, and D. microcarpum. Grazing did not significantly reduce growth of any species, and actually increased growth of C. ghasalense and E. africana.
  • Authors conclude that livestock grazing could be integrated into forest management practice, while greater attention should be paid to burning practices.

Geographical Region

  • West Africa
  • Country

  • Burkina Faso
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