green drought?

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Subject: green drought?
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:41:00 +0000
My partner has been talking to an acquaintance who lives near Innisfail. She was telling Felicia about the "green drought" in that part of the world. She has a hobby plantation of paw-paws and, I think, mangoes, but after 8 months of almost continuous rain all her trees have died and her planation, and, she reports, other areas round about, have been taken over by rampant fungus as the soil is totally waterlogged.

I'm fascinated by this idea. Can anyone comment on this? coming from Canberra I've always thought of rain as an unmixed blessing. Does this effect work at all in natural vegetation, or is only in modified or disturbed habitats?

John Leonard

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