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Title: Response of Resprouting Shrubs to Repeated Fires in the Dry Sclerophyll Forest of Gilbraltar Range National Park
Contributor(s): Knox, Kirsten Janet (author); Clarke, Peter John (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2894
Abstract: Fire regimes affect survival and reproduction of shrub species in fire-prone vegetation such as occurs in Gibraltar Range National Park. The influence of fire regimes on resprouting shrubs is known for a range of species in coastal regions of Australia but is poorly known in montane sclerophyll communities. The fire responses of three Proteaceae shrubs ('Banksia spinulosa', 'Hakea laevipes', 'Petrophile canescens') and a grasstree ('Xanthorrhoea johnsonii') were measured after the wildfire of 2002 to determine whether: 1) storage organ size was related to post-fire growth and flowering response, 2) fire frequency influences postfire mortality and if survival was related to the size of plant; 3) fire frequency influences the resprouting ability of plants, and 4) fire frequency affects pyrogenic flowering in the post-fire environment. We found the size of storage organs was positively related to post-fire sprouting in the three shrubs and to flowering in the grasstree. However, high fire frequency only affected the survival of Banksia spinulosa and decreased flowering in 'Xanthorrhoea johnsonii'. Survival in all species ranged between 83 and 99% and it appears that the intervals between fires (7-22 years) had been sufficient for most adult plants to regain the ability to resprout. The ability of juvenile plants to develop the ability to resprout needs to be tested on seedlings that established after recent fires.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, v.127, p. 49-56
Publisher: Linnean Society of New South Wales
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0370-047X
Field of Research (FOR): 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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