How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires

Frew, Adam and Le Brocque, Andy and Nimmo, Dale and Egidi, Eleonora and Price, Jodi and Greenwood, Leanne (2020) How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires. The Conversation, 20 March 2020. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

The unprecedented bushfires that struck the east coast of Australia this summer killed an estimated one billion animals across millions of hectares.

Scorched landscapes and animal corpses brought into sharp relief what climate-driven changes to wildfire mean for Australia’s plants and animals.

Yet the effects of fire go much deeper, quite literally, to a vast and complex underground world that we know stunningly little about, including organisms that might be just as vulnerable to fire, and vital to Australia’s ecological recovery: the fungi.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Crop Health (24 Mar 2014 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 23:35
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi; bushfires; ecological recovery; Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050303 Soil Biology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4106 Soil sciences > 410603 Soil biology
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410407 Wildlife and habitat management
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310703 Microbial ecology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961406 Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Soils
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961403 Forest and Woodlands Soils
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39114

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