18 Nov Burnt bushland not ‘lost’
Fire has been a constant visitor to the Australian Bush for millions of years. It has shaped the evolution of many plant species.
Associate Professor Rod Fensham from the University of Queensland said “The Australian bush is remarkably resilient to fire and has evolved with it for many millions of years”.
The seed are surrounded by a tough shell which we call refer to as gum nuts. The fire cases the nuts to release their seeds, and they drop to the forest floor. In the new layer of fine nutrient-rich ash, the seeds germinate and sprout, and a new circle of life begins.