Behavior of pyrophite shrubs in mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems (i): Population and reproductive model

Math Biosci. 2018 Mar;297:58-77. doi: 10.1016/j.mbs.2018.01.005. Epub 2018 Jan 31.


The mathematical submodel ULEX is used to study the dynamic behavior of the green, floral and woody biomass of the main pyrophite shrub species, the gorse (Ulex parviflorus Pourret), and its relationship with other shrub species, typical of a Mediterranean ecosystem. The focus are the ecological conditions of post-fire stage growth, and its efficacy as a protective cover against erosion processes in the short, medium and long term, both in normal conditions and at the limits of desertification conditions. The model sets a target to observe the behavior and to anticipate and consequently intervene with adequate protection, restoration and management measures.

Keywords: Biomass; Desertification; Flow equations; Flowers; Fruits; Population; Pyrophite plants; State equations.

MeSH terms

  • Biomass*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Spain
  • Ulex*
  • Wildfires*