Plant Carbon Economies and the Dynamics of Wildland Fuels

  • Víctor Resco de Dios
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 36)


Fuel is anything that can burn. In a wildfire, fuel will be largely composed of either plant tissues or dead plant matter. There are marked differences in growth forms between plants and in the functional attributes that occur within and across growth forms. Plant diversity leads to differences in fuel composition and structure, and consequently, it may exert cascading effects on fire behavior. Fire scientists and managers are well aware of the different structural attributes that may affect behavior, but understanding why structural differences occur across plant species or plant functional types may be less well understood. In this chapter, we will describe plant growth and seasonal trait dynamics in order to understand the dynamics of wildland fuel formation and its variation across vegetation types.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Víctor Resco de Dios
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Life Science and EngineeringSouthwest University of Science and TechnologyMianyangChina
  2. 2.Crop and Forest Sciences and JRU CTFC-AGROTECNIOUniversitat de LleidaLleidaSpain

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