Termites are resistant to the effects of fire at multiple spatial scales

Sarah C Avitabile, Dale G Nimmo, Andrew F Bennett, Michael F Clarke

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Abstract

Termites play an important ecological role in many ecosystems, particularly in nutrient-poor arid and semi-arid environments. We examined the distribution and occurrence of termites in the fire-prone, semi-arid mallee region of south-eastern Australia. In addition to periodic large wildfires, land managers use fire as a tool to achieve both asset protection and ecological outcomes in this region. Twelve taxa of termites were detected by using systematic searches and grids of cellulose baits at 560 sites, clustered in 28 landscapes selected to represent different fire mosaic patterns. There was no evidence of a significant relationship between the occurrence of termite species and time-since-fire at the site scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0140114
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalPLoS One
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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