Does pyrogenicity protect burning plants?

  title={Does pyrogenicity protect burning plants?},
  author={Paul R. Gagnon and Heather A. Passmore and William J. Platt and Jonathan A Myers and C. E. Timothy Paine and Kyle E. Harms},
  volume={91 12},
  pages={3481-6; discussion 3503-14}
Pyrogenic plants dominate many fire-prone ecosystems. Their prevalence suggests some advantage to their enhanced flammability, but researchers have had difficulty tying pyrogenicity to individual-level advantages. Based on our review, we propose that enhanced flammability in fire-prone ecosystems should protect the belowground organs and nearby propagules of certain individual plants during fires. We base this hypothesis on five points: (1) organs and propagules by which many fire-adapted… CONTINUE READING

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