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Rapid collapse of a sub-Antarctic alpine ecosystem: the role of climate and pathogens

Bergstrom, Dana M; Bricher, Phillippa K; Raymond, Ben; Terauds, Aleks; Doley, David; McGeoch, Melodie A.; Whinam, Jennie; Glen, Morag; Yuan, Ziqing; Kiefer, Kate; Shaw, Justine D.; Ball, Marilyn

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Ecosystem change is predicted to become more prevalent with climate change. Widespread dieback of cushion plants and bryophytes in alpine fellfield on Macquarie Island may represent such change. Loss of the keystone endemic cushion plant, Azorella macquariensis, was so severe that it has been declared critically endangered. We document the dieback and its extent. Due to the rapidity of the event, we sought to infer causes by testing two mechanistic hypotheses: (i) that extensive dieback was due...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/59375
Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12436

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