Post-wildfire seedling colonisation patterns in a Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) windthrow site at Snowy River National Park, Victoria
2008 (English)In: Australian Forestry, ISSN 0004-9158, Vol. 71, no 1, 48-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During June 1998, a severe windstorm caused significant damage to a sub-alpine stand of Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) at the Snowy River National Park. In 2002, about 4.5 y after the windstorm, a study documented the effects on E. delegatensis and early understorey succession. In February 2003, wildfire burnt across the windthrow site and we examined the seedling recruitment patterns at windthrow-burn and burn-only sites. Our aim was to document the regeneration of the canopy-dominant E. delegatensis and to confirm that Acacia dealbata is a pioneer species that potentially interferes with or prevents regeneration of E. delegatensis. Permanent transects were established within the windthrow-burn and burn-only sites. The data suggest that the heavily disturbed (mounded) soil at the windthrow site had a strong positive influence on regeneration of both species. By providing favourable growing conditions, the disturbed soil appears to have assisted seedling survival and subsequent growth of the E. delegatensis, despite competition from dense, concurrently established A. dealbata.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 71, no 1, 48-53 p.
windthrow; fire; seedbeds; regeneration; survival; mortality; topography; Acacia dealbata; Eucalyptus delegatensis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43091DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2008.10676270Local ID: 71500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43091DiVA: diva2:263949