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Impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangelands

Firn, Jennifer & Buckley, Yvonne (2010) Impacts of invasive plants on Australian rangelands. Rangelands, 32(1), pp. 48-51.

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Abstract

In Australia, the spread and dominance of non-native plant species has been identified as a serious threat to rangeland biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Rangelands extend over 70% of Australia’s land mass or more than 6 million km2. These rangelands consist of a diverse set of ecosystems including grasslands, shrub-lands, and woodlands spanning numerous climatic zones, ranging from arid to mesic. Because of the high economic, social, and environmental values, sustainable management of these vast landscapes is critical for Australia’s future. More than 2 million people live in these areas and major industries are ranching, mining, and tourism. In terms of biodiversity values, 53 of 85 of Australia’s biogeographical regions and 5 of 15 identified biodiversity hotspots are found in rangelands.

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ID Code: 53675
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Non-native species, Introduced Species, Rangelands, Environmental Impacts, Biodiversity
DOI: 10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-09-00003.1
ISSN: 0190-0528
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2012 01:54
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 01:54

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