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Climate adaption and post-fire restoration of a foundational perennial in cold desert: Insights from intraspecific variation in response to weather

Posted date: July 15, 2016
Publication Year: 
2017
Authors: Brabec, Martha M.; Germino, Matthew J.; Richardson, Bryce A.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Journal of Applied Ecology. 54: 293-302.

Abstract

The loss of foundational but fire-intolerant perennials such as sagebrush due to increases in fire size and frequency in semi-arid regions has motivated efforts to restore them, often with mixed or even no success. Seeds of sagebrush Artemisia tridentata and related species must be moved considerable distances from seed source to planting sites, but such transfers have not been guided by an understanding of local climate adaptation. Initial seedling establishment and its response to weather are a key demographic bottleneck that likely varies among subspecies and populations of sagebrush.

Citation

Brabec, Martha M.; Germino, Matthew J.; Richardson, Bryce A. 2017. Climate adaption and post-fire restoration of a foundational perennial in cold desert: Insights from intraspecific variation in response to weather. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54: 293-302.