An arthropod survival strategy in a frequently burned forest

  • Authors: Dell, Jane; O''Brien, Joseph; Doan, Lydia; Richards, Lora; Dyer, Lee
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Ecology
  • DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1939

Abstract

The sound of burning stems and leaves filled our ears and smoke swirled as we marched into the longleaf pine forest to assess the experimental burn. As we walked over the ash of burned vegetation, seedbanks and plant parts lay beneath our feet waiting to grow. But what we couldn’t see were the arthropods fleeing the fire. How are these invertebrates adapted to fire? They probably smell it coming, but do they feel the heat or see the smoke? Do they hear the noise that we hear as we near the flames?

  • Citation: Dell, Jane; O'Brien, Joseph; Doan, Lydia; Richards, Lora; Dyer, Lee 2017.An arthropod survival strategy in a frequently burned forest. Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1939.
  • Posted Date: September 28, 2017
  • Modified Date: October 25, 2017
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