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Plant Ecology - Virtual Issues

We are very pleased to inform you that the first Virtual Issue of Plant Ecology: FIRE ECOLOGY is available as a special service for you.

Our Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief Neal J. Enright and focus on specific hot topics. They present key articles which have been published in the journal over the course of the last years.

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Soil seed bank, fire season, and temporal patterns of germination in a seeder-dominated Mediterranean shrubland 

March 2012, Volume 213, Issue 3, pp 383-393

Blanca Céspedes, Iván Torres, Belén Luna, Beatriz Pérez, José M. Moreno

Effect of fire on recruitment of two dominant perennial grasses with different palatability from semi-arid grasslands of NW Patagonia (Argentina) 

March 2012, Volume 213, Issue 3, pp 471-481

Jorgelina Franzese, Luciana Ghermandi

Fire interval effects on persistence of resprouter species in Mediterranean-type shrublands 

December 2011, Volume 212, Issue 12, pp 2071-2083

N. J. Enright, J. B. Fontaine, V. C. Westcott, J. C. Lade, B. P. Miller

Bark thickness determines fire resistance of selected tree species from fire-prone tropical savanna in north Australia 

December 2011, Volume 212, Issue 12, pp 2057-2069

Michael J. Lawes, Anna Richards, Josefine Dathe, Jeremy J. Midgley

Understory response to varying fire frequencies after 20 years of prescribed burning in an upland oak forest 

September 2011, Volume 212, Issue 9, pp 1513-1525

Jesse A. Burton, Stephen W. Hallgren, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, David M. Leslie Jr.

Fire tolerance of a resprouting Artemisia (Asteraceae) shrub 

December 2011, Volume 212, Issue 12, pp 2085-2094

Stephen L. Winter, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Carla L. Goad,
Craig A. Davis, Karen R. Hickman, David M. Leslie Jr.

Chaparral shrub recovery after fuel reduction: a comparison of prescribed fire and mastication techniques 

October 2010, Volume 210, Issue 2, pp 303-315

Jennifer B. Potts, Eva Marino, Scott L. Stephens

Old-field secondary succession in SE Spain: can fire divert it? 

December 2010, Volume 211, Issue 2, pp 337-349

Victor M. Santana, M. Jaime Baeza, Rob H. Marrs, V. Ramón Vallejo

Vegetation dynamics and exotic plant invasion following high severity crown fire in a southern California conifer forest 

April 2010, Volume 207, Issue 2, pp 281-295

Janet Franklin

Using population viability analysis to predict the effect of fire on the extinction risk of an endangered shrub Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis in a fragmented landscape 

December 2010, Volume 211, Issue 2, pp 305-319

Colin J. Yates, Philip G. Ladd

Germination behaviour of 14 Mediterranean species in relation to fire factors: smoke and heat 

May 2009, Volume 202, Issue 1, pp 113-121

O. Reyes, L. Trabaud

The effects of fire frequency and grazing on tallgrass prairie productivity and plant composition are mediated through bud bank demography 

April 2009, Volume 201, Issue 2, pp 411-420

Harmony J. Dalgleish, David C. Hartnett

Effects of fire on the vegetation of a lowland heathland in North-western Italy 

April 2009, Volume 201, Issue 2, pp 723-731

Luca Borghesio

Response of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.) recruitment to fire severity and post-fire management in a coastal burned area in Galicia (NW Spain) 

February 2010, Volume 206, Issue 2, pp 297-308

José A. Vega, Cristina Fernández, Pedro Pérez-Gorostiaga,
Teresa Fonturbel

Fire frequency and tree canopy structure influence plant species diversity in a forest-grassland ecotone 

January 2008, Volume 194, Issue 1, pp 5-16

David W. Peterson, Peter B. Reich

Post-fire natural regeneration of a Pinus pinaster forest in NW Spain 

July 2008, Volume 197, Issue 1, pp 81-90

Leonor Calvo, Sara Santalla, Luz Valbuena, Elena Marcos,
Reyes Tárrega, Estanislao Luis-Calabuig

Editorial: Neal J. Enright (Editor-in-Chief) 

The effects of fire on plant populations and communities, and on ecosystem structure, function and properties, continues to attract wide scientific attention, particularly in relation to on-going climate change and its projected impacts on vegetation through the interaction with fire. Recent studies report an increased frequency of large and high severity fires in many regions globally (e.g. western North America, southern Europe, southern Australia), with management of the intersection of fire and people in areas of high human habitation of growing concern. This special issue comprises 16 papers published in Plant Ecology during the period 2008 to 2012 which variously focus on the effects of fire on plants and plant communities, and their management, and which have been cited at rates above the journal average. Geographically, they reflect a strong research focus on fire in Mediterranean-type ecosystems (8 of the 16 papers), but cover also studies ranging from tropical savanna to temperate grasslands.
Many of the world’s terrestrial ecosystems are projected to experience more frequent fires as climate warms through the current century, with extreme weather conditions increasingly driving fire behaviour relative to the role played by other factors such as fuel loads (Westerling et al. 2011). More frequent fire means shorter intervals between successive fires, increasing the probability of species losses from immaturity risk for fire-killed perennial plant species (Ne’eman et al. 1999), while warmer and drier climate will also likely reduce rates of growth and reproduction (Redmond et al. 2012). Ecosystem state changes are also possible as fire frequency increases, including loss (or decline in density and size) of major structural components of vegetation such as trees, decreased carbon stores (Raymond & McKenzie 2012), and invasion by shorter life cycle species, including invasives (Keeley & Brennan 2012). As well as these ecological impacts on the natural vegetation estate, changing fire regimes are of growing concern in relation to management of risk to human life and property as human population and infrastructure continues to grow in fire-prone regions. This special virtual issue presents a range of previously published papers relevant to these on-going areas of active investigation in the field of fire ecology and management.


Keeley JE & Brennan TJ (2012) Fire-driven alien invasion in a fire-adapted ecosystem. Oecologia 169:1043-1052.
Ne'eman G, Fotheringham CJ, & Keeley JE (1999) Patch to landscape patterns in post fire recruitment of a serotinous conifer. Plant Ecology 145:235-242.
Raymond CL, McKenzie D. (2012) Carbon dynamics of forests in Washington, U.S.A.: 21st century projections based on climate-driven changes in fire regimes. Ecol Appl; 22: 1589-611.
Redmond M, Forcella F, & Barger N (2012) Declines in pinyon pine cone production associated with regional warming. Ecosphere 3 (12): 120.
Westerling AL, Turner MG, Smithwick EAH, Romme WH, & Ryan MG (2011) Continued warming could transform Greater Yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(32):13165-13170.