Comparison of ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin and Western Australia
Pignatti, E., Pignatti, S. and Ladd, P.G. (2002) Comparison of ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin and Western Australia. Plant Ecology, 163 (2). pp. 177-186.
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A comparison between fire-prone ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin and Western Australia shows convergent adaptations in structure, life forms and flora evolution. Both areas have in common summer drought and winter rainfall. Reproductive biology is mainly correlated with fire ecology; the different length of human impact and history seem to be responsible for floristic divergency in both areas. The ecological significance of pollination by insects, birds and mammals and problems of the seed banks are discussed.
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