Research by USGS scientist Dr. Jon Keeley and colleagues published recently in Ecology examined the utility of plant functional traits for global prediction in crown-fire ecosystems.
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Pausas, J. G., R. Bradstock, D. Keith, J. E. Keeley, and t. G. F. Network. 2004. Plant functional trait analysis in relation to fire --- a review. Ecology 85:1085-1100.