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Title: Tussock and sod tussock grasslands of the New England Tablelands Bioregion of eastern Australia
Contributor(s): Hunter, John T  (author); Hunter, Vanessa H (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1071/pc15037
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Abstract: We surveyed temperate montane natural grasslands across the New England Tablelands Bioregion (NETB) and assessed the phytosociology, occurrence and threats to these assemblages. In total, 123 full floristic survey plots were placed within natural grasslands across the NETB. Mapping was undertaken within a subset of the NETB using ADS40 imagery. Analysis of the floristic data was performed using the Kulzynski association measure and UPGMA fusion strategy. Canonical correspondence analysis was performed with species data in association with 42 environmental variables. An estimated 25 000 ha of native tussock and sod tussock grasslands within six floristic assemblages were found within the NETB. The maximum extent of predicted high-quality stands may only be 2500 ha with most occurrences degraded and threatened by agricultural practices, exotic species and changes in above- and below-ground water resources. Native taxa were significantly associated with altitude, rock type and differential temperature tolerances. Altitude, eastness (longitude) and radiation of the wettest period were significant drivers of exotic species occurrence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(1), p. 12-19
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Clayton, Australia
ISSN: 1038-2097
Field of Research (FOR): 060204 Freshwater Ecology
050104 Landscape Ecology
069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960509 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mountain and High Country Environments
960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
960810 Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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