Impact of fire on plant-species persistence in post-mine restored and natural shrubland communities in southwestern Australia

  • Published source details Herath D.N., Lamont B.B., Enright N.J. & Miller B.P. (2009) Impact of fire on plant-species persistence in post-mine restored and natural shrubland communities in southwestern Australia. Biological Conservation, 142, 2175-2180.


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Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants

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  1. Use prescribed fire: effect on understory plants

    A replicated, before-and-after study in 2005-2009 in Mediterranean type shrubland in Western Australia (Herath et al. 2009) found that prescribed fire increased plant species richness in natural sites, but decreased species richness in restored mine-sites. Plant species richness increased in natural areas after fire (pre-fire: 99; post-fire: 116) and decreased after fire in restored areas (pre-fire: 118; post-fire: 80). The percentage of species that persisted after fire was lower in restored (50%) than in natural areas (91%). Prescribed fire was applied in 2005-2007 to a 40 Ă— 40 m plot at each of three restored mine-sites (8-24 years before the experiment) and five natural sites. Data were collected before (2005) and two years after fire.

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