Navigation Links
Experts question aspects of prescribed burning
Date:2/18/2011

From The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The University of Western Australia, and the, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the scientists argue that deliberately increasing the frequency of fires may lead to ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity.

In a paper published this month in Trends in Plant Science they acknowledge that as climate change increases the combustibility of vegetation, human lives and property are more at risk.

However, they suggest that prescribed burning a key practice by most environmental managers may cause more problems because, they say, there is actually little evidence that Mediterranean-climate plants such as those found in Australia are fire-adapted.

Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and UWA graduate Professor Stephen Hopper said: "Dealing with fire management is a complex business, especially when the dual aims of protection of life and property and of biodiversity conservation coincide.

"Our analysis reveals that it is naive on present evidence to assume that Australian plants are adapted to fire, and that prescribed burning regimes are not only good for the bush but can be applied in any fashion and frequency with impunity. Rather, we should be cautious in prescribed burning practices if biodiversity conservation is an aim, ensuring that good scientific design and adaptive management are applied to local situations, so that we learn as we go.

"Our paper is a plea for better science and closer working relationships between fire managers and scientists to achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity conservation where that is a priority."

The paper's authors argue that the role of fire in engendering adaptive traits in Mediterranean plants has never been tested.

Traits traditionally regarded as evidence of adaption to fire, including smoke-induced germination, co-occur in ecosystems which are not fire-prone and also stimulate germination in plants suc
'/>"/>

Contact: Bryony Phillips
pr@kew.org
44-208-332-5607
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. UC Davis energy experts to help US Navy get greener
2. International experts to converge in Singapore for second Keystone Symposia Conference on Biofuels
3. Death in the bat caves: UC Davis experts call for action against fast-moving disease
4. Experts converge at Arizona State University for first preventive cancer vaccine conference
5. Experts will meet to discuss how diet affects behavioral development of children
6. Pharmaceutical sciences experts present cutting-edge research at international meeting
7. Seafood stewardship questionable: UBC-Scripps experts
8. 1,500 worldwide experts debate the latest advances in breast pathologies treatments in Valencia
9. Experts identify biological control to contain fungus killer in Kenyas maize supply
10. Beyond polar bears? Experts look for a new vision of climate change to combat skepticism
11. Meeting of ICES/CIEM experts in Bilbao on state of demersal fish populations
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/10/2014)... cities in New Mexico, nearly every public golf course ... precious potable water supplies. Across the U.S. Southwest as ... receive treated effluent. Reusing the effluent increases the sustainability ... homeowners alike fertilize their lawns during the growing season. ... Mexico State University turfgrass expert has a new vision ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 2014  The American Academy of Forensic Sciences ... and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice ... forensic science expert members to the Forensic Science ... of the NIST,s Organization of Scientific Area Committees ... appointments made to the new FSSB that has ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... NEW YORK , June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... against Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Provectus" or the "Company")(NYSE-MKT: ... action, filed in United States District Court, Middle ... Division, is on behalf of a class consisting ... otherwise acquired Provectus securities between December 17, 2013 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 3SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Certain Officers - PVCT 2SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Certain Officers - PVCT 3
... taken a significant step in controlling chemical reactions mechanically, ... Zocchi and colleagues report. Chemical reactions ... protein molecules that speed up reactions. Each protein catalyzes ... collide and exchange atoms; the enzyme is the third ...
... international scientists will meet at a conference in ... of plant membranes, an understanding of which is crucial to ... "Agriculture today is tough. According to a recent UN ... next 50 years than we have in the last 10,000, ...
... September 16, 2010 Menachem Shoham, PhD, associate professor ... Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has identified ... Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) harmless by preventing the ... of MRSA are a growing public health problem causing ...
Cached Biology News:UCLA physicists control chemical reactions mechanically 2UCLA physicists control chemical reactions mechanically 3World conference on biology behind food security 2Case Western Reserve researcher discovers new 'anti-pathogenic' drugs to treat MRSA 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... 15, 2014 -- According to the International Atomic ... security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of ... a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also ... have involved gram-level quantities, which can be challenging ... to a new study appearing this week in ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely ... increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. Now ... Cell Press journal Cell Stem Cell describe ... genetic risks interact with other risk factors or environmental ... Their research pinpoints a genetic variant that may predispose ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter ... devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving ... obsolete with the introduction of new holography technology ... doctoral students Yuval Yifat, Michal Eitan, and Zeev ... nanoantennas that could be used for security as ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... the device," Nobel laureate Herbert Kroemer famously observed, ... at the junctures where layers of different materials ... interfaces between layers of metal oxides are becoming ... as spintronics, high-temperature superconductors, ferroelectrics and multiferroics. Realizing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking 2New strategy could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses 2Projecting a 3-dimensional future 2Projecting a 3-dimensional future 3A deeper look at interfaces 2
... Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH ; SIX: ... introduced two new consulting service programs designed to ... the delivery of orthopaedic care.  Offered through Zimmer,s ... Advantage and Practice Advantage programs are designed to ...
... N.J., Feb. 16, 2011 Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ... from the ongoing Phase 2 extension study of its ... be presented at the Lysosomal Disease Network WORLD Symposium ... the Company announced that it will present encouraging data ...
... Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOR ) today ... to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index effective after the close ... "Our inclusion in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index ... our visibility within the investment community as we continue our ...
Cached Biology Technology:Zimmer Helps Physicians and Hospitals Negotiate Emerging Health Care Business Challenges Through New Consulting Programs 2Zimmer Helps Physicians and Hospitals Negotiate Emerging Health Care Business Challenges Through New Consulting Programs 3Zimmer Helps Physicians and Hospitals Negotiate Emerging Health Care Business Challenges Through New Consulting Programs 4Amicus Therapeutics Provides Positive Data Update from Phase 2 Long-Term Extension Study of Amigal™ for Fabry Disease 2Amicus Therapeutics Provides Positive Data Update from Phase 2 Long-Term Extension Study of Amigal™ for Fabry Disease 3Amicus Therapeutics Provides Positive Data Update from Phase 2 Long-Term Extension Study of Amigal™ for Fabry Disease 4Amicus Therapeutics Provides Positive Data Update from Phase 2 Long-Term Extension Study of Amigal™ for Fabry Disease 5Amicus Therapeutics Provides Positive Data Update from Phase 2 Long-Term Extension Study of Amigal™ for Fabry Disease 6Questcor Pharmaceuticals to Be Added to S&P SmallCap 600 Index 2
Bovine Serum Albumin Heat Shock Diagnostic Grade Powder...
MpV17 transgene, murine homolog, glomerulosclerosis...
... the premium quality siRNAs you need for ... be readily ordered online by providing either ... providing the sense and antisense siRNA sequences. ... Silencer Pre-designed siRNAs, which are already designed ...
Human SDNSF/MCFD2 Biotinylated Affinity Purified PAb...
Biology Products: