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Fire and Plant Interactions

Joann Fites-Kaufman, Anne F. Bradley and Amy G. Merrill

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0006
Fire and Plant Interactions

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This chapter addresses first the plant structures that resist fire and second the persistence of vascular plants. It describes nonvascular plants (mosses and lichens) and microbes (bacteria and fungi). It explores how different plant structures contribute to a plant’s response to fire. A number of species have enhanced seedling survival in conditions created by fire. Some general patterns emerge among the fire response characteristics of species in different bioregions throughout California. The ways that fire affects microorganisms and nonvascular plants are introduced. The chapter also reviews the general patterns of responses of populations of species with different adaptive syndromes to individual fire regime attributes. The community characteristics and landscape distribution of community types that change with fire are explained. Next, the chapter elaborates the relationship of plant composition and fire, fire and community structure, and indirect environment and climate effects on fire and community interactions.

Keywords: vascular plants; plant structures; mosses; lichens; bacteria; fungi; fire; California; climate; community structure

Chapter.  17146 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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