Restoring Ecological Function in Temperate Grassy Woodlands: Manipulating Soil Nutrients, Exotic Annuals and Native Perennial Grasses through Carbon Supplements and Spring Burns

Prober, S.M., K.R. Thiele, I.D. Lunt and T.B. Koen

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Ecological restoration can be viewed as targeted intervention in species–environment interactions, whereby ecological conditions are manipulated to enhance establishment or vigour of key species, and these species in turn help restore ecological processes that favour the target species composition. In grassy ecosystems re-establishing a perennial sward of appropriate native tussock grasses may be critical for restoring pre-disturbance nitrogen cycles and improving resistance to invasion by exotic annuals. Carbon supplements and spring burns facilitate this process through complementary mechanisms.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Applied Ecology