The influence of local elevation on the effects of secondary salinity in remnant eucalypt woodlands: Changes in understorey communities

Viki Cramer, Richard Hobbs, L. Atkins

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    Increasing land salinization in Australia is predicted to lead to severe declines in species diversity in affectedareas, and perhaps significant numbers of species extinctions. Much of the diversity that will be lost consists ofunderstorey and mid-storey species, yet the overwhelming majority of research has focussed on salinity tolerancein tree species. We investigated how the presence of a shallow, saline water table affected the understorey speciescomposition, species richness and species diversity in two remnant Eucalyptus wandoo Blakely woodlands inthe Western Australian wheatbelt. Species richness and species diversity were significantly lower in areas with ashallow water table at elevations
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-266
    JournalPlant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relatiionships
    Issue number39845
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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