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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wildland Fire: Fire Dependant Ecosystems

Wildland Fire: Fire Dependant Ecosystems: "Several reproductive-oriented adaptations allow plants to take advantage of, or even require, wildland fire. Fire has been shown to trigger and/or increase seed release in some species, such as lodgepole and jack pines, and to stimulate flowering and fruiting in some shrubs and herbs. Some seeds remain dormant until the seedcoat is scarified, or cracked, which can result from intense heat or fire. Some pines have serotinous cones, in which the seeds are sealed in the cone by a waxy pitch that requires fire to remove the seals and free the seeds for germination."

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