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A reintroduced ecosystem engineer provides a germination niche for native plant species

Ross, Catherine; McIntyre, Sue; Barton, Philip; Evans, Maldwyn; Cunningham, Saul; Manning, Adrian

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Grasslands and grassy woodlands worldwide have experienced declines in extent and condition, with substantial changes to their ground-layer biodiversity. In Australia, this decline has coincided with the extinction of many digging mammals that may have once created regeneration niches for native ground layer plants. These digging mammals are widely recognised as ‘ecosystem engineers’, due to their infuence on biopedturbation and resultant soil functions. Yet there is uncertainty as to the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/223273
Source: Biodiversity and Conservation
DOI: 10.1007/s10531-019-01911-8

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