How resilient are poplar box (E. populnea) woodlands in production landscapes?

Fritz, Lisa and Le Brocque, Andrew F. and Maron, Martine (2010) How resilient are poplar box (E. populnea) woodlands in production landscapes? In: Ecological Society of Australia 2010 Annual Conference: Sustaining Biodiversity - the next 50 Years (ESA 2010), 6-10 Dec 2010, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

As little as 10% of the original poplar box (Eucalyptus populnea) woodlands remain in the agriculturally productive landscapes of southern inland Queensland, with most remnants significantly affected by surrounding land use practices. These woodlands have shown signs of dysfunction in the form of dieback and reduced recruitment. Little is known of the resilience of these remaining ecosystems in the face of disturbance from agriculture and other activities. Woodland ecosystems occurring in agricultural landscapes are often subject to clearing, fragmentation and grazing effects. These processes may result in altered recruitment patterns, floristic composition, and condition, changes to stand structure, soil processes, and disruption to overall ecosystem function. The decline in resilience of these systems decreases the likelihood of long term persistence and future provision of broader ecosystem functions. We summarize existing knowledge of poplar box ecosystems and develop a conceptual model of multi-scale drivers of resilience of these woodlands. We describe the field-based research underpinned by this model to test the role and strength of key potential drivers. This study will contribute to developing informed resource management actions needed to maintain and enhance the biodiversity and resilience of poplar box woodlands in these production landscapes.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unrefereed paper, and is not available.
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Le Brocque
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 00:03
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 06:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: poplar box; woodlands; productive landscapes; Queensland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology(excl. Invasive Species Ecology)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18348

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