Small-scale fuel variation alters fire intensity and shrub abundance in a pine savanna.

@article{Thaxton2006SmallscaleFV,
  title={Small-scale fuel variation alters fire intensity and shrub abundance in a pine savanna.},
  author={Jarrod M. Thaxton and William J. Platt},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={87 5},
  pages={
          1331-7
        }
}
Small-scale variation in fire intensity and effects may be an important source of environmental heterogeneity in frequently burned plant communities. We hypothesized that variation in fire intensity resulting from local differences in fuel loads produces heterogeneity in pine savanna ground cover by altering shrub abundance. To test this hypothesis, we experimentally manipulated prefire fuel loads to mimic naturally occurring fuel-load heterogeneity associated with branch falls, needle fall… 
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