Mohammed ArmaniKwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology | KNUST · Department of Wildlife and Range Management
Lecturer at KNUST
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Due to its vast landmass and unique ecosystems, Africa has the potential to contribute significantly to land-based mitigation and adaptation interventions, offering an estimated 21% of global potential for increased carbon storage on land. Unfortunately, in the rush to use natural assets to fight climate change by sequestering carbon, large-scale i...
What climate actions are proposed for land-based mitigation and adaptation in Africa? What evidence supports or refutes these actions in Africa? This technical report provide answers to these questions. In this report, we reviewed several case studies to evaluate available evidence for all the major land-based climate actions. Case studies are sele...
Insect herbivory in natural forests is of critical importance in forest regeneration and dynamics. Some hypotheses that have been proposed to explain variation in leaf consumption by herbivores focus on biotic interactions, while others emphasize the role of the abiotic environment. Here, we evaluated the relative importance of both biotic and abio...
Given that the rate of resource capture constrains plant growth and defence, understanding the linkage between the leaf economic spectrum (LES) and defence and how it contributes to growth is central to predicting species performance. In spite of the prevalence of spiny plants in many plant communities, little is known about how the LES relates to...
Background and aims: Herbivory by large mammals imposes a critical recruitment bottleneck on plants in many systems. Spines defend plants against large herbivores and how early they emerge in saplings may be one of the strongest predictors of sapling survival in herbivore-rich environments. Yet little effort has been directed at understanding the...
Spines defend plants against large herbivores and how early they emerge in saplings may have significant on species’ ecological performance. Yet little effort has been directed at understanding the variability in early spine emergence and how it affects sapling growth. We present a common garden multi-species study examining 1) what factors account...
Background: Forest and savanna vegetation in the zone of transition (ZOT) contain distinct woody species due to fire, drought and herbivory barriers that constrain forest species from invading adjacent savannas and vice-versa. Little is known if these barriers cause divergence in species composition between the overstorey and understorey strata in...
Our project aims to understand how tropical landscapes composed of multiple biomes are responding to recent Climate Change-Land Use Change (CC-LUC) interactions. Focusing on the unique coastal savanna of Ghana (CSG), we will 1) explore changes that have already occurred and the trajectories of change across dry forest, thicket, savanna, and grasslands, and 2) identify the main CC-LUC mechanisms driving these trajectories.
Plant defence against large mammalian herbivores trade-off into ‘architectural’ and ‘low nutrient’ defence strategies. Architectural defence strategy encompasses the possession of spinescence (i.e. spines, thorns and prickles) and ‘cagey’ branching patterns that limit feeding rates. Low nutrient (cruddy) strategy includes traits such as leaf toughness, poor leaf nutrition and deployment of quantitative and qualitative secondary metabolites. In this project, we aim to explore the trait syndromes associated with each of these strategy and whether these underpins the divergent distribution of these strategies across resource gradients