Evidence for bark thickness as a fire-resistance trait from desert to savanna in fire-prone inland Australia

@article{Schubert2016EvidenceFB,
  title={Evidence for bark thickness as a fire-resistance trait from desert to savanna in fire-prone inland Australia},
  author={Andr{\'a}s Schubert and Catherine E. M. Nano and Peter J. Clarke and Michael J Lawes},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={217},
  pages={683-696}
}
Although bark thickness and fire-activity are correlated in many ecosystems worldwide, substantial data-gaps remain, especially for dryland biomes, preventing generalisation of this relationship at the global scale. We examined bark thickness trends in trees and shrubs across a large-scale fire-rainfall gradient from desert to dry savanna in northern Australia. Bark thickness increased with local fire activity but was unrelated to mean annual rainfall or the mean normalised difference… CONTINUE READING