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Succession after fire in alpine vegetation on Mount Wellington, Tasmania

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Kirkpatrick, JB and Bridle, K and Wild, A (2002) Succession after fire in alpine vegetation on Mount Wellington, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany, 50. pp. 145-154. ISSN 0067-1924

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Abstract

The vegetation on either side of fire boundaries in the alpine zone of Mount Wellington, Tasmania, was surveyed in 1978 and 1998. This combination of spatial and temporal sampling gave data for 16, 31, 36 and 51 years since burning. These data were used to test for convergence in vegetation characteristics through time between the areas burned in 1947 and those burned in 1962 and to determine whether lifeform is a reasonable predictor of the successional dynamics of species. While convergence largely prevailed, some lifeforms and species diverged and lifeform was generally a poor predictor of species responses. For example, size class analyses of the larger shrub species indicated a wide variety of successional responses to fire. The tall shrubs on Mt Wellington have higher percentages of tolerators and species relying on the soil seed store for postfire regeneration than physiognomically similar vegetation in more fire-prone environments. Fifty-one years after fire, there is evidence of continuing floristic and structural change in the alpine vegetation that may be partly related to recent climatic warming

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Botany
Page Range: pp. 145-154
ISSN: 0067-1924
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1071/BT00081
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2007 00:29
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2264
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