Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 1pm
Assoc Prof Geoff Burrows
(Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University)
Gould Seminar Rm, Building 116, Daley Rd, ANU
The sight of ‘fluffy’ eucalypts in the weeks or months after a bushfire is quite familiar to most Australians. Eucalypts are accomplished aboveground resprouters (epicormic resprouting) and this provides them with clear ecological advantages. However, this form of regeneration after a severe bushfire is very rare in other plants, both in Australia and overseas. This seminar will demonstrate the remarkable modifications that eucalypts have evolved, from their newly formed shoots to the largest diameter stems, that allow their bud-forming tissues to escape the heat of a fire.