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Successional patterns of terrestial bryophytes along a wildfire chronosequence in the wet eucalypt forests of southern Tasmania

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Pharo, EJ and Hodge, DA and Turner, PAM and Dalton, PJ, Successional patterns of terrestial bryophytes along a wildfire chronosequence in the wet eucalypt forests of southern Tasmania, Tasforests, 18 pp. 67-75. ISSN 1033-8306 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Terrestrial bryophytes are a major component of wet eucalypt forests and can oen outnumber vascular species in terms of diversity. This study compared ten sites along a wildfire chronosequence in southern Tasmania to determine whether bryophyte total cover and species richness were correlated with forest age (time since fire). Five different age-classes were selected, each defined by the number of years since a stand-replacing fire event: last burnt before 1896 (>110 years), and last burnt in 1898 (108 years), 1934 (72 years), 1967 (39 years) and 2005 (1 year). Forest age was significantly correlated with species richness of terrestrial bryophytes, and species composition was significantly different between the different forest age-classes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Author:Pharo, EJ (Dr Emma Pharo)
Author:Hodge, DA (Mr Daniel Hodge)
Author:Turner, PAM (Dr Perpetua Turner)
Author:Dalton, PJ (Mr Patrick Dalton)
ID Code:61936
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-03-09
Last Modified:2014-12-17
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