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Effects of the fire retardant Phos-Chek on vegetation in eastern Australian heathlands

Tina Bell, Kevin Tolhurst, Michael Wouters

International Journal of Wildland Fire | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2005

Abstract

The effects of the fire retardant Phos-Chek D75R on species composition, survival and growth of eastern Australian heathland vegetation are described. Two sites in Victoria were selected, Victoria Valley in the Grampian Ranges and Marlo in East Gippsland. Both areas supported heathland vegetation that was long, unburnt and relatively undisturbed. Plots were subjected to single applications of increasing concentrations of retardant (0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 L fire retardant m−2) or no additional fire retardant (‘Control’ and ‘Water only’ treatments). A single application of Phos-Chek did not appear to significantly change species composition or projected foliage cover of the major life forms of nativ..

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