Three decades of monitoring the woody layer of tropical eucalypt woodlands of northern Queensland

Neldner, Victor, and Addicott, Eda (2022) Three decades of monitoring the woody layer of tropical eucalypt woodlands of northern Queensland. Cunninghamia, 22. pp. 71-87.

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Abstract

Thirty years of vegetation monitoring data in the eastern savannas of Australia provides some insights into the temporal dynamics of woodlands at these sites, and supplements long-term savanna studies in the Northern Territory. Across four sites in four ecosystems, there was an increase in native shrub species abundance consequent with a decrease of canopy species abundance in the low tree and canopy layers. Even though some individuals from a variety of species persisted through at least six fires, with three developing to be low subcanopy trees, there were no individuals that survived to become canopy trees. The loss of canopy trees with no replacement and recent increase in the non-native shrub Stylosanthes scabra may indicate an ecosystem under stress leading to long-term changes in structure and species composition at these sites

Item ID: 77483
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2200-405X
Keywords: species turnover, floristic diversity, vegetation, savannas, sampling, woodlands
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Copyright Information: © State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) 2022. Unless otherwise stated, all Department material available on this website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 06:49
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180601 Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems @ 70%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 30%
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