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Factors influencing initial vascular plant seedling composition following either aggregated retention harvesting and regeneration burning or burning of unharvested forest

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Baker, SC and Garandel, M and Deltombe, M and Neyland, MG, Factors influencing initial vascular plant seedling composition following either aggregated retention harvesting and regeneration burning or burning of unharvested forest, Forest Ecology and Management, 306 pp. 192-201. ISSN 0378-1127 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.06.027

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the factors that influence the species composition of vascular plant regeneration 1 year after either harvesting and burning, or burning of unharvested forest. The study was conducted in six aggregated retention sites where the post-harvest regeneration fire also burnt a proportion of unharvested forest. At each site, we established ten plots of each of four types: burnt unharvested forest and in paired plots in nearby harvested areas, as well as in undisturbed forest and in paired plots in nearby harvested areas. Although the regeneration was less speciose and dominated by wet sclerophyll species, we found a strong relationship between the floristic composition of the regeneration in harvested areas and that of nearby undisturbed forest. We found no significant difference in the floristic composition of the regeneration between the harvested areas adjacent to either burnt unharvested forest or undisturbed forest. This suggests that the undisturbed forest in aggregates and coupe edges was not a significant seed source for the initial regeneration. There was a slight difference between the floristics of regeneration in the burnt unharvested forest and the harvested areas, with reduced species richness in harvested treatments at three of six sites.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Forest influence, Succession, Regeneration, Variable retention, Retention forestry, Edge effects
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native Forests
Author:Baker, SC (Dr Sue Baker)
Author:Neyland, MG (Dr Mark Neyland)
ID Code:88561
Year Published:2013
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP1010050)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2014-02-06
Last Modified:2014-05-16
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