Journal article

Role of plant functional traits in determining vegetation composition of abandoned grazing land in north-eastern Victoria, Australia

Trevor L Meers, Tina L Bell, Neal J Enright, Sabine Kasel

JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Question: In the Northern Hemisphere, species with dispersal limitations are typically absent from secondary forests. In Australia, little is known about dispersal mechanisms and other traits that drive species composition within post-agricultural, secondary forest. We asked whether mode of seed dispersal, nutrient uptake strategy, fire response, and life form in extant vegetation differ according to land-use history. We also asked whether functional traits of Australian species that confer tolerance to grazing and re-colonisation potential differ from those in the Northern Hemisphere. Location: Delatite Peninsula, NE Victoria, Australia. Methods: The vegetation of primary and secondary fore..

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