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Is this little animal losing its home?

Wentzel, K., Craig, M., Barber, P., Hardy, G. and Fleming, T. (2011) Is this little animal losing its home? Research Findings 2011: Bulletin No. 1 .

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    Abstract

    Environmental changes such as reduced vegetation cover and altered plant species composition can have serious consequences for ecosystems, and can lead to the extinction of animal species.

    Tree declines are justifiably causing alarm worldwide. Not only are we losing tree species, but also animal species dependant on these trees. The loss of trees and associated fauna result in the loss or compromise of essential ecosystem processes. Fundamental processes that may be influenced include altered food web dynamics and the nitrogen cycle and pollinati on processes.

    The tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) decline in Western Australia is a great concern. This once dominant and iconic tree species is suffering significant decline and has disappeared from most of the Swan Coastal Plain. Researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Climate Change, Woodland & Forest Health have been researching the possible consequences of tuart decline for fauna. Not only will this research provide us with greater understanding of the implications of tuart decline, but it may also enable nature conservationists and land managers to proactively put management strategies in place to safeguard animal species that may be threatened by tuart decline.

    Publication Type: Others
    Murdoch Affiliation: Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Forest and Woodland Health
    Publisher: Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Forest and Woodland Health
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8247
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