Natural and prescribed fire: survival strategies of plants and equilibrium in mediterranean ecosystems

  • L. Trabaud
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 15)


Most species growing in ecosystems where fire is common, possess adaptive traits that allow them to survive fire or easily regenerate and reproduce after fire. It is often difficult to prove that known traits are really adaptive for fire, because many traits appear advantageous to organisms in their response to various disturbances and constraints of the environment as well. Since fire may occur at any stage in plant development, fire adaptations may similarly be associated with any particular phenological state and with function of all organs throughout the plant life cycle.


Fire Regime Pinus Halepensis California Chaparral Life Form Category Calif Agric 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Trabaud
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  1. 1.Section Etudes des Systèmes Ecologiques, Centre EmbergerCNRSMontpellier CedexFrance

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