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Title: Prescribed burning and clear-cutting effects on understory vegetation in a Pinus canariensis stand (Gran Canaria)
Authors: Árevalo Sierra,José Ramón 
Fernandez-Lugo, Silvia
Garcia-Dominguez, Celia
Naranjo Cigala, Agustín 
Grillo Delgado, Federico 
Calvo, Leonor
UNESCO Clasification: 24 Ciencias de la vida
Keywords: No disponible.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: 2356-6140
Journal: The Scientific World Journal 
Abstract: Prescribed fires are a powerful tool for reducing fire hazards by decreasing amounts of fuel. The main objective is to analyze the effects of prescribed burning on the understory vegetation composition as well as on the soil characteristics of a reforested stand of Pinus canariensis . The study attempts to identify the effects of the preburning treatment of cutting understory vegetation on the floristic parameters of the vegetation community. This study was carried out for two years following a prescribed fire in a Canarian pine stand. Cutting and burning treatment affected species composition and increased diversity. Burnt and cut plots were characterized by a diverse array of herbaceous species and by a lower abundance of Teline microphylla (endemic legume), although burning apparently induced its germination. Cut treatment was more consistently differentiated from the control plots than burnt treatment. Soil K decreased after both treatments, pH slightly decreased after cutting, while P and Ca increased after fire. From an ecological point of view, prescribed burning is a better management practice than cutting the woody species of the understory. However, long-term studies would be necessary to evaluate the effects of fire intensity, season and frequency in which the prescribed burning is applied.
ISSN: 2356-6140
DOI: 10.1155/2014/215418
Source: Scientific World Journal[ISSN 2356-6140],v. 2014 (215418)
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