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Smoke and heat accelerate and increase germination in fire-prone temperate grassy ecosystems

Hodges, Joshua; Price, Jodi N.; Nicotra, Adrienne; Neeman, Teresa; Guja, Lydia K.


Fire increases seedling recruitment by reducing competition for space and resources. As such, many species in fire-prone ecosystems germinate in response to fire cues such as smoke and heat. A notable exception is fire-prone temperate grassy ecosystems, where >20 yr of research has found that fire-cued germination is rare. We tested the hypothesis that fire cues promote germination in temperate grassy ecosystems of south-eastern Australia. We treated seeds of 55 common species with smoke, heat,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecosphere
DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.3851
Access Rights: Open Access


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