Does stand structure influence susceptibility of eucalypt floodplain forests to dieback?
Shaun C Cunningham, JR Thomson, J Read, PJ Baker, R Mac Nally
AUSTRAL ECOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010
Forest dieback is a worldwide problem that is likely to increase with climate change and increasing human demands for resources. Eucalyptus camaldulensis forests are an acute example of forest dieback, with 70% of the Victorian Murray River floodplain in some state of dieback. If we are to halt dieback in these floodplain forests, we need to understand what makes stands susceptible to dieback. Forest diebacks are often related to stand structure, with dieback more severe in senescent or high-density stands. We determined whether certain stand structures make these forests more susceptible to dieback. We undertook an extensive survey of 176 stands across 100 000 ha of forest, covering the ran..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
This research was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (LP0560518), which was partially funded by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and four Catchment Management Authorities (Mallee CMA, North Central CMA, Goulburn-Broken CMA and North East CMA). We thank Rachael Nolan for assistance with fieldwork. This is publication No. 177 from the Australian Centre for Biodiversity, Monash University.