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Woody plant responses to various clearing strategies imposed on a poplar box (Eucalyptus populnea) community at Dingo in central Queensland

Playford, C. and Burrows, W.H. and Anderson, E.R. and Back, P.V. (2009) Woody plant responses to various clearing strategies imposed on a poplar box (Eucalyptus populnea) community at Dingo in central Queensland. Tropical Grasslands, 43 (1). pp. 37-52.

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Abstract

The efficacy of individual tree treatment (stem-injection), aerially applied root-absorbed herbicide and mechanical felling (with and without subsequent fire) in controlling woody plants was compared in a poplar box (Eucalyptus populnea) woodland community in central Queensland, Australia. All treatments reduced woody plant populations and basal area relative to the untreated control. Chemical control and 'mechanical felling plus fire' treatments were equally effective in reducing woody plant basal area 7 years after the treatments were imposed. However, mechanical felling alone was less effective. There was a clear tendency for the scattered tree (80% thinning) treatment to recover woody plant basal area towards pre-treatment levels faster than other clearing strategies, although this response was not significantly different from 20% clump retention and mechanical felling (without burning) treatments.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science , QPIF
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:© Tropical Grassland Society of Australia, Inc.
Keywords:Basal area; chemical control; clear felling; felling; herbicides; plant communities; thinning; weed control; woody plants; Eucalyptus populnea; Queensland.
Subjects:Science > Botany
Forestry
Deposited On:01 Apr 2010 05:48
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 23:58

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