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Feral pig (Sus scrofa) rooting in a monsoon forest-wetland transition, Northern Australia


Bowman, DMJS and McDonough, L, Feral pig (Sus scrofa) rooting in a monsoon forest-wetland transition, Northern Australia, Wildlife Research, 18, (6) pp. 761-765. ISSN 0007-9103 (1991) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/wr9910761


A grid of 447 cells (each 50x50 m) was set up in a wet monsoon rain forest on a gradual slope above the Adelaide River floodplain in the Australian Northern Territory. Surveys of pig (Sus scrofa) rooting were carried out at approximately 3-month intervals from November 1988 to September 1989. The pigs had only limited effects on the forest in both the wet and dry seasons. The seasonally flooded swamp communities (Melaleuca forest and sedgeland) were primarily exploited in the dry season; dryland communities ([Eucalyptus] and Lophostemon forests) were exploited during the wet season. Rainfall during the previous wet season may have influenced the pattern of rooting in the dryland forests. Rooting and ground cover were weakly positively related in 3 out of the 4 surveys.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:69119
Year Published:1991
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2011-06-07

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