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Bryophyte relationships with environmental and structural variables in Tasmanian old-growth mixed eucalypt forest

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Turner, PAM and Kirkpatrick, JB and Pharo, EJ, Bryophyte relationships with environmental and structural variables in Tasmanian old-growth mixed eucalypt forest, Australian Journal of Botany, 54, (3) pp. 239-247. ISSN 0067-1924 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/BT04138

Abstract

The species richness and species composition of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) was recorded at 33 sites in Tasmanian old growth mixed eucalypt forest. A total of 202 bryophyte taxa were recorded, consisting of 115 liverworts and 87 mosses. This constitutes approximately one third of the total bryophyte flora for Tasmania. Mean liverwort species richness per site was higher than moss species richness. Latitude was found to be a positive predictor in all multiple regression models of bryophyte, moss and liverwort species richness. Mean annual temperature and rainfall of the driest month were positive predictors for bryophyte and liverwort species richness. Basal area of the treefern Dicksonia antarctica Labill. was a negative predictor of liverwort species richness. Latitude, variables relating to moisture, mean annual temperature, rainfall of the driest month and basal area of Dicksonia antarctica were the most significant components in predicting variation in bryophyte, moss and liverwort species composition. There were few relationships between the variables of canopy cover and soil nutrients and bryophyte species richness and composition. Substrate variables were found to be important components in predicting variation in moss and bryophyte species composition. © CSIRO 2006.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary Biology
Research Field:Biogeography and Phylogeography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Author:Turner, PAM (Dr Perpetua Turner)
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
Author:Pharo, EJ (Dr Emma Pharo)
ID Code:40363
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-21
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