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Indigenous fire practice protecting the Gibson Desert’s biodiversity

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Source: uq.edu.au

Traditional Indigenous burning practices are protecting plant biodiversity in Australia’s Gibson Desert, according to University of Queensland research.

The study analysed how environments dominated by flammable spinifex grasses and fire-sensitive desert myrtle shrubs reacted to wildfires, and to the low-intensity burning practices of the Pintupi people.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences researcher Dr Boyd Wright was originally doing field work for a book about edible and medicinal plants used by Indigenous people of Kiwirrkurra, on the eastern edge of the Gibson Desert. MORE

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