Journal article

Independent effects of drought and shade on growth, biomass allocation and leaf morphology of a flammable perennial grass Tetrarrhena juncea R.Br

Geofe O Cadiz, Jane G Cawson, Thomas J Duff, Trent D Penman, Alan York, Claire Farrell

PLANT ECOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2021


Knowing the abundance of different plant species provides insights into the properties of vegetation communities, such as flammability. Therefore, a fundamental goal in ecology is identifying environmental conditions affecting the abundance of plant species across landscapes. Water and light are important environmental moderators of plant growth, and by extension, abundance. In the context of understanding forest flammability, the abundance of a flammable plant species in terms of its cover or biomass can shape the flammability of the whole vegetation community. We conducted a glasshouse experiment to determine the impact of drought and shade on growth, biomass allocation and leaf morphology..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was received through a Melbourne International Research Scholarship and the research project "Managing bushfire in Tall Mist Forests-fuel hazard and moisture relationships.'' This project was managed within the integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program, a research program conducted by the University of Melbourne and funded by the Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Additional funding was also obtained from Research Higher Degree (RHD) Student Research Accelerator Fund of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.