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The severe and disturbing decline of an iconic Mediterranean ecosystem endemic to Western Australia

Barber, P., Ruthrof, K., Archibald, R., Behn, G., Bougher, N., Bowen, B., Cai, Y-F, Calver, M., Colquhoun, I., Dell, B., Drake, P., Edwards, B., Eslick, H., Fleming, T., Froend, R., Harris, J., Haswell, D., Henson, J., Hewison, A., Long, N., Malcolm, A., McCaw, L., Scott, P., Stone, C., Taylor, K., Wentzel, K. and Hardy, G. (2007) The severe and disturbing decline of an iconic Mediterranean ecosystem endemic to Western Australia. In: International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, MedEcos XI, 2 - 5 September, Perth, Western Australia.

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    Abstract

    Eucalyptus gomphocephala (Tuart) is an iconic woodland canopy tree, endemic to the Swan Coastal Plain of Western Australia, and one of few eucalypts able to dominate calcareous soils. Unfortunately, less than one third of the original E. gomphocephala woodland ecosystem remains today (Government of Western Australia 2003), largely as a result of clearing for urbanisation, agriculture and industry. Equally disturbing is a decline of complex and unknown cause(s) within Yalgorup region, south of Mandurah, 50 km south of the capital city of Perth. The decline and death of mature trees has been occurring within Yalgorup for approximately 15 years with the majority of the region affected and up to 100% mortality of E. gomphocephala in some locations.

    Publication Type: Conference Item
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4525
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