oa Quest - Natural fires & plant invaders - what is the link? - : cover story

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1729-830X



Fires are a natural feature of many of South Africa's ecosystems, and they occur regularly in the dry season in fynbos shrublands, grasslands and savannas across the country. Plant species that occur naturally in fire-prone ecosystems are adapted to survive fires, either by re-sprouting after fire, or by germinating from seeds that survive the fire. Not only are plants adapted to survive fires, they also often require fires to complete their life cycles, or to remove competition from other plants. In other words, the vegetation is not only fire-adapted, it is often fire-dependent.

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