Plant Responses

Fire maintains an Acacia aneura shrubland-Triodia grassland mosaic in central Australia

This study showed that the dynamism of boundaries between Acacia aneura shrubland and Trioida grassland is associated with burning. Large and sustained changes to fire regimes might lead to the landscape-wide dominance of Triodia grasslands. (Bowman et al., 2008)

Relationships between soil temperatures and properties of fire in feathertop spinifex (Triodia schinzii (Henrard) Lazarides) sandridge desert in central Australia

This study found that fuel parameters, soil moisture and temporal factors all influence soil temperatures during burning. This can to affect plant assemblage composition due to the impacts on seed banks and vegetative regeneration. (Wright and Clarke, 2008)

Resprouting responses of Acacia shrubs in the Western Desert of Australia – fire severity, interval and season influence survival

This study examined resprouting ability of adults and juveniles of four widespread Acacia species (A. aneura, A. kempeana, A. maitlandii, A. melleodora). It predicts that they are highly resiliant to a range of fire regimes. (Wright and Clarke, 2007)

Post-fire Plant Regereration in Montane Heath of the Wet Tropics, North-Eastern Queensland

This paper documents post-fire plant regeneration within a montane heath community of the Wet Tropics. It showed that while fire can promote seed germination and species richness, fire at intervals of more than eight years are required to allow the maturation of shrubs. (Williams et al., 2005)

How do drought and fire influence the patterns of resprouting in Australian deserts?

This study tested the effects of rainfall and fire on species' resprouting response. They found that a resprouting response was significantly greater in grassland habitat as well as at the high end of the rainfall-fire gradient. (Nano and Clarke, 2011)

Bark thickness determines fire resistance of selected tree species from fire-prone tropical savanna in north Australia

This study investigated the fire resistance conferred by bark in common north Australian tropical savanna trees. It concluded that both the thermal properties of bark and the mechanism of bud protection are important. (Lawes et al. 2011)