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Project Title: How Do Fires Affect Seed Germination?
Fires dramatically change ecosystems, removing biomass, exposing mineral soil, and causing other changes. How plant communities respond to fire depends in large part on how individual species respond to fire. Fires can have both negative and positive effects on seeds. Too much heat for too long of a time can kill seeds or hinder germination, but pulses of heat can also stimulate germination. Furthermore, fires can have other effects, such as the stimulation of germination by some chemicals in smoke.