Length of burning rotation and community composition in high-level Calluna-Eriophorum bog in N England

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Abstract

Studies on a long-term experiment on Calluna-Eriophorum bog indicate that the length of time between management fires affects the post-fire development. A short rotation (every 10 years) results in increased dominance by Eriophorum spp. while a long rotation (every 20 years) results in greater abundance of Calluna vulgaris after fire. Variations in post-fires species abundances are related to pre-fire stand composition coupled with the patchy distribution of regeneration centers of rhizomatous species. The usefulness of burning this vegetation type in management for herbivore grazing is questioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalVegetatio
Volume57
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1984
Externally publishedYes

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