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dc.contributor.authorWyse, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorPerry, G. L. W.en
dc.contributor.authorOConnell, Deanen
dc.contributor.authorHolland, Phillipen
dc.contributor.authorWright, M. J.en
dc.contributor.authorHosted, C. L.en
dc.contributor.authorWhitelock, S. L.en
dc.contributor.authorGeary, I. J.en
dc.contributor.authorMaurin, K. J. L.en
dc.contributor.authorCurran, Timothy J.en
dc.identifier.citationWyse Sarah V., Perry George L. W., O’Connell Dean M., Holland Phillip S., Wright Monique J., Hosted Catherine L., Whitelock Samuel L., Geary Ian J., Maurin Kévin J. L., Curran Timothy J. (2016) A quantitative assessment of shoot flammability for 60 tree and shrub species supports rankings based on expert opinion. International Journal of Wildland Fire,
dc.description.abstractFire is an important ecological disturbance in vegetated ecosystems across the globe, and also has considerable impacts on human infrastructure. Vegetation flammability is a key bottom-up control on fire regimes, and on the nature of individual fires. Although New Zealand (NZ) historically had low fire frequencies, anthropogenic fires have considerably impacted indigenous vegetation as humans used fire extensively to clear forests. Few studies of vegetation flammability have been undertaken in NZ, and only one has compared the flammability of indigenous plants; this was a qualitative assessment derived from expert opinion. We addressed this knowledge gap by measuring the flammability of terminal shoots from a range of trees and shrubs found in NZ. We quantified shoot flammability of 60 indigenous and exotic species, and compared our experimentally derived ranking with expert opinion. The most flammable species was the invasive exotic shrub Ulex europaeus, followed by Eucalyptus viminalis, Pomaderris kumeraho, Dacrydium cupressinum, and Lophozonia menziesii. Our experimentally derived ranking was strongly correlated with expert opinion, lending support to both methods. Our results are useful to ecologists seeking to understand how fires have and will influence NZ’s ecosystems, and for fire managers identifying high-risk landscapes, and low flammability species for ‘green firebreaks’.en
dc.format.extent466-477 (12)en
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - CSIRO Publishing - -
dc.rightsCopyright © IAWF 2016en
dc.subjectvegetation flammabilityen
dc.subjectecological disturbanceen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.titleA quantitative assessment of shoot flammability for 60 tree and shrub species supports rankings based on expert opinionen
dc.typeJournal Article
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Pest Management and Conservationen
lu.contributor.unitBio-Protection Research Centreen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Environment, Society and Designen
lu.contributor.unit/LU/Research Management Office/QE18en
dc.subject.anzsrc0705 Forestry Sciencesen
dc.subject.anzsrc0502 Environmental Science and Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc0602 Ecologyen
dc.relation.isPartOfInternational Journal of Wildland Fireen
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