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The first evidence showing important landscape differences in the flammability of plant leaves, as fuels available for bushfires, indicates that gully plant communities are likely to be at increased risk under climate change and increasing bushfire frequency and intensity.
Research from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) shows that plant communities in gullies are much more flammable than plant communities on ridge-tops.
Ecologist - Investigator - Study - Dr - Brad
Ecologist, and lead investigator of the study, Dr. Brad Murray says that the results of the research into plant flammability are of serious concern, because "all sorts of animals have normally used gullies as refuges during bushfires."
How environmentally selected variation in leaf traits, such as leaf area (LA) and leaf mass per area (LMA), drives variation in leaf flammability at landscape scales has remained largely unknown until now. The study compares leaf traits and flammability characteristics between species of sheltered forest vegetation (low light, moist habitat) and plant species of exposed woodland vegetation (high light, dry habitat) in a fire-prone landscape of south-eastern Australia.
Researchers - Leaves - Species - Ignitibility
The researchers found that leaves of sheltered forest species were significantly more flammable due to both higher ignitibility and...
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