Varying fire-response strategies and co-occurring traits

Varying fire-response strategies and co-occurring traits

Varying fire-response strategies and co-occurring traits

Plants have different strategies to survive in fire-prone environments, including post-fire seed recruitment and resprouting ability; however, each strategy can have trade-offs, which may be reflected in other co-occurring traits. Vivian and Cary find that relationships between fire-response strategies and leaf traits in shrubs of a mountainous region, in south-eastern Australia, differ from those previously identified in many Mediterranean climates. These results suggest there are limits to trait co-occurrences across different climates and fire regimes.