Learning Landscapes eBulletins

Suzanne Metcalfe (CSIRO) - Cassowary dung collection Feb 2009
Photographer: Campbell ClarkeThe Wet Tropics World Heritage Area - a Learning Landscape aims to create, share and apply our collective knowledge of this exceptional part of the world.

The Learning Landscape eBulletin showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related management and policy issues. 

Current eBulletin: July 2017

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Still valuable the second time around!

Still valuable the second time around!

Secondary forests are forests that are regenerating largely through natural processes after clearing or disturbance of the original forest vegetation. The following four articles provide a summary of research completed as  part of an Australian Research Council ARC) Linkage Projects...

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It gets better with age

It gets better with age

Secondary and degraded forests are one of the world’s most rapidly expanding ecosystems and now form a large proportion of global tropical forests. If secondary forest ecosystems could recover the biological diversity inherent in mature forests, their increasing spatial extent...

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Alien invasion of the inner space

Alien invasion of the inner space

Strawberry guava Psidium cattleianum) is considered among the world’s top 100 worst invasive alien species. It is a shade-tolerant woody weed with the ability to impact intact rainforest communities. Strawberry guava, native to eastern Brazil and north-eastern Uruguay, has had...

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Rainforest seeds do not fall far from the tree!

Rainforest seeds do not fall far from the tree!

Sean Sloan and his team examined the spatial relationships of rainforest regrowth relative to the size and proximity of remnant rainforest cover over a pastoral region in Australia’s Wet Tropics. They analysed the relationship between the extent and distribution of...

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What will happen if we leave the wattle?

What will happen if we leave the wattle?

Secondary forest dominated by Acacia spp. occurs over large areas of abandoned pastures in Australia’s Wet Tropics on areas that were previously species diverse rainforest. The study by Yeo and Fensham was designed to determine whether acacia dominated secondary forests...

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In the News July 2016

In the News July 2016

The first annual State of the World's Plants report has been produced by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The report is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on Earth, the global threats these plants currentlyface,...

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Research Updates July 2016

Research Updates July 2016

Information needed! Researchers from the UK and Australia have recently discovered a relationship that has lasted for 100 million years is at serious risk of ending, due to the effects of environmental and climate change. A species of spiny freshwater...

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Policy Snapshot July 2016

Policy Snapshot July 2016

When a native species or ecological community is listed as threatened under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, a conservation advice is developed to assist its recovery. New conservation advices were recently approved for 60 species. Conservation advices...

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