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The Impact of Rural Fires on the Development of Invasive Species: Analysis of a Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. in Casal do Rei (Seia, Portugal)

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PROMETHEUS-Unidade de Investigação em Materiais, Energia e Ambiente para a Sustentabilidade, Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua da Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Alvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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MED-Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, Pólo da Mitra, Universidade de Évora, 7006-554 Évora, Portugal
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Departamento da Paisagem, Ambiente e Ordenamento, Universidade de Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal
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ICT-Instituto de Ciências da Terra, Universidade de Évora, Rua Romão Ramalho, 59, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal
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Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade de Évora, 7000-083 Évora, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Wil De Jong and Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 4 March 2021 / Revised: 25 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 12 May 2021
Biological invasions can affect ecosystems in different ways. Invasive forest species, such as Acacia dealbata Link., affect forests’ productivity, because they compete directly with native species for access to light and nutrients, contributing to the loss of biodiversity. In this study, an area occupied by A. dealbata, located in Casal do Rei (Seia, Portugal) was studied to evaluate the influence of fire in the dispersion of this species, analyzing the historical occurrence of rural fires in the region, as well as through the determination of its annual biomass production and comparing its growth with other species using satellite images. The research shows a competitive advantage for A. dealbata, even when compared to species, such as Eucalyptus globulus and Pinus pinaster, which practically disappeared from the location under study after a significant fire occurred in 2005, while A. dealbata continued to thrive. View Full-Text
Keywords: Acacia dealbata; rural fires; invasive species; annual biomass production Acacia dealbata; rural fires; invasive species; annual biomass production
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Nunes, L.J.R.; Raposo, M.A.M.; Meireles, C.I.R.; Gomes, C.J.P.; Ribeiro, N.M.C.A. The Impact of Rural Fires on the Development of Invasive Species: Analysis of a Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. in Casal do Rei (Seia, Portugal). Environments 2021, 8, 44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050044

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Nunes LJR, Raposo MAM, Meireles CIR, Gomes CJP, Ribeiro NMCA. The Impact of Rural Fires on the Development of Invasive Species: Analysis of a Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. in Casal do Rei (Seia, Portugal). Environments. 2021; 8(5):44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050044

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Nunes, Leonel J.R., Mauro A.M. Raposo, Catarina I.R. Meireles, Carlos J.P. Gomes, and Nuno M.C.A. Ribeiro 2021. "The Impact of Rural Fires on the Development of Invasive Species: Analysis of a Case Study with Acacia dealbata Link. in Casal do Rei (Seia, Portugal)" Environments 8, no. 5: 44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8050044

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