Is Phytophthora cinnamomi a biological bulldozer for bird communities in south-west Western Australia?
Craig, M., Stokes, V., Davis, R., Valentine, L., Hardy, G. and Hobbs, R. (2013) Is Phytophthora cinnamomi a biological bulldozer for bird communities in south-west Western Australia? In: XII Annual Conference of the Dieback Information Group (DIG), 28 June, Perth, Western Australia.
Phytophthora cinnamomi can fundamentally affect habitat structure and floristics and, therefore, potentially has significant indirect effects on faunal communities. We examined the effects of P. cinnamomi infestation on bird communities in infested and uninfested sites in the jarrah forest and Banksia woodland and found that infested and uninfested sites had different bird communities, as well as differences in the abundances of some species, in both habitats. The significant differences between bird communities in infested and uninfested sites occurred although the infested sites were small and surrounded by extensive uninfested areas and we discuss the management implications of our findings.
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School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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