Impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangelands

Firn, Jennifer and Buckley, Yvonne M. (2010) Impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangelands. Rangelands, 32 1: 48-51. doi:10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-09-00003.1

Author Firn, Jennifer
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Title Impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangelands
Journal name Rangelands   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-0528
Publication date 2010-02-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-09-00003.1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 48
End page 51
Total pages 4
Place of publication Wheat Ridge, CO, United States
Publisher Society for Range Management
Language eng
Subject C1
050103 Invasive Species Ecology
960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales
Abstract Researchers Jennifer Firn and Yvonne M. Buckley focus on impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangeland biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Many of the exotic invasive species within rangelands were intentionally introduced for pasture improvement, soil stabilization, and ornamental purposes. When compared to pastures dominated by native perennial grasses, Gamba grass has been found to use three times the amount of water and to reduce the amount of water available through the soil profile. Dominance by non-native plant species is altering the natural fire regimens of Australian rangelands. Fire is a key driver of species diversity, nutrient cycling, and vegetation dynamics within Australian landscapes. Many species are adapted to fire, relying on heat, and smoke as cues for germination. There is an urgent need for restoration efforts to be re-focused on the present and the future. Invasive species are abundant and widely distributed in the rangelands. © Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keyword Ecosystem function
Fire behavior
Invasive species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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