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Do mixed fire regimes shape plant flammability and post-fire recovery strategies?


Poulos, HM and Barton, AM and Slingsby, JA and Bowman, DMJS, Do mixed fire regimes shape plant flammability and post-fire recovery strategies?, Fire, 1, (3) Article 39. ISSN 2571-6255 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/fire1030039


The development of frameworks for better-understanding ecological syndromes and putative evolutionary strategies of plant adaptation to fire has recently received a flurry of attention, including a new model hypothesizing that plants have diverged into three different plant flammability strategies due to natural selection. We provide three case studies of pyromes/taxa (Pinus, the Proteaceae of the Cape Floristic Region, and Eucalyptus) that, contrary to model assumptions, reveal that plant species often exhibit traits of more than one of these flammability and post-fire recovery strategies. We propose that such multiple-strategy adaptations have been favoured as bet-hedging strategies in response to selective pressure from mixed-fire regimes experienced by these species over evolutionary time.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fire severity, fire adaptation, fire regimes, plant flammability, plant flammability strategies, fire-adapted traits, fire risk, fire-prone ecosystems, mixed-severity fire regimes, plant flammability, plant flammability strategies
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, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:129090
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2018-11-08
Last Modified:2019-03-27
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