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Substantial long-term effects of carcass addition on soil and plants in a grassy eucalypt woodland

Barton, Philip S.; McIntyre, Sue; Evans, Maldwyn John; Bump, Joseph K.; Cunningham, Saul; Manning, Adrian D.


The decomposition of large vertebrate carcasses generates small-scale disturbances characterized by changes in soil chemistry and new opportunities for plant establishment. Yet few studies have examined whether this effect is still evident several years after death, or has consequences for landscapescale heterogeneity. We examined soil chemistry and plant species richness and composition at 12 kangaroo carcasses (~30 kg initial mass) five years after their initial placement. Each carcass...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecosphere
DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1537


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