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Woody overstorey impact on herbaceous understorey in Eucalyptus spp. communities in central Queensland

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Scanlan, J. C. and Burrows, W.H. (1990) Woody overstorey impact on herbaceous understorey in Eucalyptus spp. communities in central Queensland. Australian Journal of Ecology, 15 (2). pp. 191-197. ISSN 0307-692X

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1990.tb01527.x


Native pasture yield and species composition within naturally occurring Eucalyptus communities of central Queensland were studied. Within a site, herbaceous yield decreased as tree basal area increased with the greatest relative decrease at sites with low pasture production potential. Mitscherlich regressions between herbaceous yield and tree basal area Y = A + B*e−kx) accounted for >80% of the observed variation at all sites. The absolute value of ‘k’ was greatest for those sites that had the lowest yield in the absence of trees.

Pasture composition in treeless plots varied widely among sites. However, the direction of species compositional change was similar for all sites except one subject to short-term inundation on a heavy clay soil. Grass tribes differed in their occurrence in areas of high tree basal area. Andropogoneae had lower actual yield and percentage composition (by dry weight) at high tree basal area, while Paniceae showed the reverse trend. Non-grass herbaceous plants made a greater contribution to pasture composition at higher tree basal area although actual dry matter yield remained relatively constant over a wide range of basal areas.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Forestry > Forest meteorology. Forest microclimatology
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