Change in ant community composition between pine plantation remnat grassland and cultural
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Forestry with rapid growing species is an expanding practice especially at Entabeni. Habitat transformation and disturbance are important threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function and can strongly affect ant communities. We studied the effects of invasive pine plantations on savanna ants. We sampled ants using pitfall traps in three sites (cultural landscape, Fragment grassland and pine plantations). We sampled 10 replicates per site. We measured and analyzed ant abundance, species richness and diversity. Through our results we show that ants are highly sensitive to pine plantations,(selonopsis spp) ant abundance is low within the pine plantations but high in other sites. The cultural landscape which consists of high species richness of ants, because of the indigenous plants that are occurring there. This area needs to be conserved.