Primary Production in the Savanna

Isichei, Augustine O. (1982)

Selected Papers from the Man and Biosphere State-of-Knowledge Workshop Sponsored by the Nigerian National Man and Biosphere Committee, U.N.E.S.C.O. and the Kainji Lake Research Institute held at Kainji Lake Research Institute. April 20th - 24th 1980.


It is emphasized that there is a dearth of information on primary production in the savanna in spite of savanna occupying nearly 80% of the West African land surface. Known values from the literature of annual primary production are presented. Values range from 150 to 1800g m-2. This range is not totally encompassing as primary production is strongly influenced by local conditions. The methods in use for measuring primary production are reviewed and their applicability to the savanna examined. The factors that affect primary production in the savanna are enumerated and discussed.