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Phosphorus limits Eucalyptus grandis seedling growth in an unburnt rain forest soil


Tng, YP and Janos, DP and Jordan, GJ and Weber, E and Bowman, DMJS, Phosphorus limits Eucalyptus grandis seedling growth in an unburnt rain forest soil, Frontiers in Plant Science, 5 Article 527. ISSN 1664-462X (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpls.2014.00527


Although rain forest is characterized as pyrophobic, pyrophilic giant eucalypts grow as rain forest emergents in both temperate and tropical Australia. In temperate Australia, such eucalypts depend on extensive, infrequent fires to produce conditions suitable for seedling growth. Little is known, however, about constraints on seedlings of tropical giant eucalypts. We tested whether seedlings of Eucalyptus grandis experience edaphic constraints similar to their temperate counterparts. We hypothesized that phosphorous addition would alleviate edaphic constraints. We grew seedlings in a factorial experiment combining fumigation (to simulate nutrient release and soil pasteurization by fire), soil type (E. grandis forest versus rain forest soil) and phosphorus addition as factors. We found that phosphorus was the principal factor limiting E. grandis seedling survival and growth in rain forest soil, and that fumigation enhanced survival of seedlings in both E. grandis forest and rain forest soil. We conclude that similar to edaphic constraints on temperate giant eucalypts, mineral nutrient and biotic attributes of a tropical rain forest soil may hamper E. grandis seedling establishment. In rain forest soil, E. grandis seedlings benefited from conditions akin to a fire-generated ashbed (i.e., an "ashbed effect").

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ashbed effect, Eucalyptus grandis, fire ecology, giant eucalypts, phosphorus limitation, seedling growth
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tng, YP (Dr David Tng)
UTAS Author:Jordan, GJ (Professor Greg Jordan)
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:98397
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-02-13
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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