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dc.contributor.authorBradley, Melanieen_US
dc.contributor.authorHouse, Alanen_US
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorWild, Clydeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:48:45Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:48:45Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-03-23T05:44:35Z
dc.identifier.issn14427001en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00528.xen_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/37586
dc.description.abstractBroadscale land-clearing in the Queensland Brigalow Belt has resulted in widespread decline in ecological values including biodiversity loss and impairment of ecosystem processes and functions. More than 90% of brigalow ecological communities, i.e. those that have Acacia harpophylla, F. Muell. ex Benth (Brigalow) as a dominant and co-dominant, have been entirely cleared or severely degraded in recent decades. In spite of this wide-ranging disturbance, partial ecological recovery may be possible in the Queensland Brigalow Belt through the retention of regrowth brigalow stands. Few studies, however, have quantitatively examined brigalow vegetation succession, particularly in the context of cost-effective ecological restoration. This study used a chronosequence approach to examine how species richness, abundance and structure change in brigalow woodlands with years since clearing. Floristic and structural characteristics were surveyed in 18 brigalow stands, of varying years since clearing, in the southern Queensland Brigalow Belt. Linear models were fitted for years since clearing versus total number of woody species, tree cover, shrub cover, herbaceous cover and litter cover. Regrowth brigalow communities were found to follow the inhibition model of succession, with Acacia harpophylla assuming dominance. The linear models suggested that at least 90 years of recovery would be required post-clearing, before regrowth woodlands regained 90% of the species richness and structural characteristics of mature woodlands. Management practices such as thinning the dominant species and allowing for the accumulation of logs and litter may be necessary for promoting recovery of vegetation diversity and structural heterogeneity.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asiaen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom113en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto118en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEcological Management & Restorationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Science and Management not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050299en_US
dc.titleVegetation succession and recovery of ecological values in the southern Queensland Brigalow Belten_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorWild, Clyde H.


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