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Factors influencing the integrity of remnant bushland in subhumid Tasmania


Gilfedder, LA and Kirkpatrick, JB, Factors influencing the integrity of remnant bushland in subhumid Tasmania, Biological Conservation, 84, (1) pp. 89-96. ISSN 0006-3207 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0006-3207(97)00087-6


The relationships between remnant integrity and size, age, shape, environment and disturbance are not well-established. One hundred of the remnants in relatively good condition ranging in size from 5 to 200 ha in the drier parts of Tasmania were sampled and the relationships between independent variables and the dependent variables of remnant native species richness, remnant exotic species richness, the ratio between the two, native species cover, exotic species over, and the ratio of exotic/native cover were investigated. Age, shape and proximity of remnants had few or no effects on the dependent variables. Size appeared to affect the condition variables only through habitat heterogeneity. The nature of the surrounding vegetation and fire and grazing management were the critical independent variables. However, the different aspects of integrity had different relationships with these variables.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gilfedder, LA (Ms Louise Gilfedder)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:13810
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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