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Leaf nutrient concentrations and timber productivity in the dry sclerophyll forests of south-east Queensland, Australia: Implications for arboreal marsupials

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Wormington, KR and Lamb, D and McCallum, HI and Moloney, DJ (2007) Leaf nutrient concentrations and timber productivity in the dry sclerophyll forests of south-east Queensland, Australia: Implications for arboreal marsupials. Forest Science, 53 (6). pp. 627-634. ISSN 0015-749X

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Abstract

The species richness and abundance of arboreal marsupials are positively related to the proportion of total stand basal area occupied by Corymbiacitriodorassp. variegata and tree height in South-East Queensland and have been related to nutrient availability and productivity in other parts of Australia. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationships of stand basal area occupied by C. citriodora and tree height. and the available nutrients and productivity in the dry sclerophyll forests of South-East Queensland. Leaf nutrient analysis of seven species of trees in South-East Queensland showed that the percentage by weight of phosphorus in leaves increased with the proportion of the total stand basal area of C. citriodora.This rate of increase was greater for C. citriodorathanother species, indicating that C. citriodoramay be more competitive on soils with greater available phosphorus. C. citriodora leaves also contained higher concentrations of nitrogen and potassium than the other tree species on multispecies sites. Timber productivity was greater at the sites where trees were taller, and tree height was positively correlated to the proportion of total stand basal area of C. citriodora and rainfall but was negatively correlated to the slope. These findings indicate that the most used habitat by arboreal marsupials in the dry sclerophyll forests of South-East Queensland (i.e., taller forests with a high proportion of the stand basal area occupied by C. citriodora)had higher concentrations of foliar nutrients and were more productive than less used habitats.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: arboreal marsupials, phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, timber production, habitat quality, Eucalyptus, Corymbia
Journal or Publication Title: Forest Science
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Page Range: pp. 627-634
ISSN: 0015-749X
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:42
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:36
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