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Biomimicry can help humans to coexist sustainably with fire

Globally, flora, fauna and many indigenous cultures have evolved to coexist sustainably with fire. We argue that the key to sustainable contemporary human coexistence with wildfires is a form of biomimicry that draws on the evolutionary adaptations of organisms that survive (and flourish) in the fire regimes in which they reside.

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  • 14 November 2018

    In the version of this Comment originally published, an incorrect version of Fig. 2 was used in the PDF. This has now been amended in all online versions of the Comment.

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Fig. 1: Floristic representation of the Sensitive, Avoiders, Adaptive, Dependent (SAAD) model.
Fig. 2: Contemporary human system representation of the SAAD model.