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Robert J. Smith, Scott R. Abella and Lloyd R. Stark Post-fire recovery of desert bryophyte communities: effects of fires and propagule soil banks Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 31 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12094

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Many North American deserts are increasingly prone to uncharacteristic wildfires, with potential consequences for native plants. Among post-fire bryophyte communities, we found high importance of temporal storage (in propagule soil-banks) relative to short-term immigration or vegetative persistence. We also documented negative effects of recent and severe wildfires on soil-banks, suggesting that perturbations to disturbance regimes could impact future community recovery.

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