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Forb species establishment increases with decreased grass seeding density and with increased forb seeding density in a Northeast Kansas, USA, experimental prairie restoration

Author(s): T. L. Dickson, W. H. Busby

Year: 2009

Journal: Restoration Ecology
Volume: 17
Issue: 5
Pages: 597-605

Article Topic(s): Establishment methods
Research Setting(s): Prairie

Species Referenced: Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem), Baptisia alba (White wild indigo), Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge pea), Coreopsis tinctoria (Plains coreopsis), Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower), Gaillardia pulchella (Indian blanket), Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass), Ratibida pinnata (Grayhead coneflower), Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed susan), Schizachyrium scoparium (Little bluestem), (),

Abstract

Tests the effects of seeding rate of grasses and forbs on overall species diversity in prairie restorations. High densities of grasses resulted in lower forb diversity. Dominant grass species seemed to limit forb establishment through strong competition. In some cases, forb seed availability also limited forb establishment. The authors recommend seeding grasses at low densities and keeping forbs spatially separated from dominant grasses.

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T. L. Dickson, and W. H. Busby. "Forb species establishment increases with decreased grass seeding density and with increased forb seeding density in a Northeast Kansas, USA, experimental prairie restoration." Restoration Ecology 17.5 (2009): 597-605.
Last Updated: 2015-02-26
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