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Animals as Agents in Fire Regimes

Foster, Claire; Banks, Sam C.; Cary, Geoffrey J.; Johnson, Christopher N.; Lindenmayer, David B.; Valentine, Leonie E.


Fire is a powerful ecological and evolutionary force. Animals that modify drivers of fire behaviour could therefore have far-reaching effects on ecosystems. Yet, with a few notable exceptions, effects of animals on fire have been often overlooked. We show how animals can affect fire behaviour by modifying the amount, structure, or condition of fuel or, more rarely, by altering other controls on fire such as wind speed or ignition patterns. Some effects are readily observed and quantified....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-03-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.01.002
Access Rights: Open Access


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