Experimental seed sowing reveals seedling recruitment vulnerability to unseasonal fire

Russell Miller, Joseph Fontaine, David Merritt, Ben Miller & Neal Enright
Unseasonal fire occurrence is increasing globally, driven by climate change and other human activity. Changed timing of fire can inhibit post-fire seedling recruitment through interactions with plant phenology (the timing of key processes, e.g., flower initiation, seed production, dispersal, germination), and therefore threaten the persistence of many plant species. While empirical evidence from winter-rainfall ecosystems shows that optimal seedling recruitment is expected following summer and autumn (dry season) fires, we sought experimental evidence isolating the...
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