Determinants of variation in functional traits in mountainous plant communities

Fire is widespread across the Australian landscape. Plant species have a variety of traits to survive under different fire regimes. The most striking contrast in the response of plants to fire is between species killed by fire, and species which resprout after fire. Species also vary in their ability to regenerate from seed post-fire. The composition of plant communities, in terms of the proportion of species which have these different traits, varies considerably.

This project will investigate the major factors influencing the composition of plant communities in Australia’s high country.

Understanding the relative roles of the fire regime, climate and productivity in influencing where particular types of species occur will contribute substantially to managing vegetation communities sustainably.

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