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Fire-driven loss of obligate seeder forests in the Alps


Bowman, D and Prior, L, Fire-driven loss of obligate seeder forests in the Alps, Hot Topics in Ecology (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/aec.12602


  • Since 2003, multiple high-severity wildfires in short succession have locally eliminated obligate-seeding alpine ash forests in parts of the Australian Alps.
  • Aerial seeding of burnt areas can re-establish alpine ash in the winter following fire, but it is costly and depends on harvested seed stores: seed supplies are probably negatively affected by climate change.
  • Regenerating forests are vulnerable to wildfire, made more likely under climate change.
  • Protecting surviving mature forests must be a management priority.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Eucalyptus delegatensis, high severity fire, montane forest
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bowman, D (Professor David Bowman)
UTAS Author:Prior, L (Dr Lynda Prior)
ID Code:129082
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2018-11-08
Last Modified:2018-11-30

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