Deforestation Strongly Affects Soil Seed Banks in Eucalypt Forests: Generalisations in Functional Traits and Implications for Restoration

Meers, T.L., N.J. Enright, T.L. Bell and S. Kasel

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We examined the potential role of the soil seed bank in restoration of an open eucalypt forest community following land-use change involving clearing of native eucalypt forest for grazing and subsequent abandonment, and for establishment of Pinus radiata plantation. We used plant functional traits responsive to disturbance and other traits associated with the capacity to re-colonise and form persistent seed banks as a means of assessing the effects of land-use change on soil seed banks.

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Forest Ecology and Management