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Classification of post-fire responses of woody plants to include pyrophobic communities


Prior, LD and Bowman, DMJS, Classification of post-fire responses of woody plants to include pyrophobic communities, Fire, 3, (2) Article 15. ISSN 2571-6255 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/fire3020015


Developing standardised classification of post-fire responses is essential for globally consistent comparisons of woody vegetation communities. Existing classification systems are based on responses of species growing in fire-prone environments. To accommodate species that occur in rarely burnt environments, we have suggested some important points of clarification to earlier schemes categorizing post-fire responses. We have illustrated this approach using several Australasian conifer species as examples of pyrophobic species. In particular, we suggest using the term "obligate seeder" for the general category of plants that rely on seed to reproduce, and qualifying this to "post-fire obligate seeder" for the narrower category of species with populations that recover from canopy fire only by seeding; the species are typically fire-cued, with large aerial or soil seed banks that germinate profusely following a fire, and grow and reproduce rapidly in order to renew the seed bank before the next fire.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Athrotaxis, Australian conifers, Callitris, canopy fire, obligate seeder, resprouting, high-severity fire
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Prior, LD (Dr Lynda Prior)
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:141091
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2020-09-24
Last Modified:2020-10-21
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