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Bushfires help Christmas bells thrive, study says, but climate change could threaten their future – ABC News

Researchers say fires are beneficial for the Christmas bells species, but it’s feared climate change could transform this positive natural phenomenon into a threat…



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A study spanning more than three decades has found that fires can benefit an iconic Australian native that became a symbol of recovery and hope after the New South Wales Mid North Coast was razed in 2019.
Key points:

  • Co-researcher Susan Rutherford said the benefit of bushfires for Christmas Bells was not straightforward
  • As fire seasons are forecast to intensify, more studies will be needed
  • Dr Rutherford hoped the study would encourage other scientists to conduct-long term research into native flora…

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