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Fire incidence, but not fire size, affects macropod densities


Styger, JK and Kirkpatrick, JB and Marsden-Smedley, JON and Leonard, SWJ, Fire incidence, but not fire size, affects macropod densities, Austral Ecology, 36, (6) pp. 679-686. ISSN 1442-9985 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02203.x


The regeneration of plants post-fire has widely been shown to be attractive to vertebrate herbivores. However, there are few data relevant to the effect of fire size on herbivore densities. In dry eucalypt forest in one region and hummock sedgeland in another region, we used timed scat counts to test the effect of fire and fire size onTasmanian macropod densities 6 months after burning.We also tested whether soil characteristics and the nature of ground cover related to the degree of attractiveness of post-burn regeneration. Soil nutrients and higher covers of grasses and herbs in ground layer vegetation were associated with higher macropod densities. In dry eucalypt forest, fire incidence and fire size did not affect macropod density, while in hummock sedgeland, fire had a positive effect on macropod density, but fire size had no effect.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, fertility, fire size, grazing, macropod, Tasmania
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Styger, JK (Ms Jennifer Styger)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:Marsden-Smedley, JON (Dr Jonathan Marsden-Smedley)
UTAS Author:Leonard, SWJ (Dr Steven Leonard)
ID Code:73071
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-09-09
Last Modified:2018-10-30

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