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Species-specific patterns of hydraulic lift in co-occurring adult trees and grasses in a sandhill community
Author(s): J. F. Espeleta, J. B. West and L. A. Donovan
Article Topic(s): Water
Research Setting(s): Forest
Species Referenced: Aristida beyrichiana (Beyrich threeawn),
AbstractThe ability of 4 tree species and 2 grasses to redistribute water from deep to shallower soil layers (called hydraulic lift) was studied using root isolation chambers. Pinus palustris, Quercus laevis, Quarcus incana and Aristida stricta showed an ability to decrease soil drying in while Quarcus margaretta and Schizachyrium scoparium did not.
Suggested CitationJ. F. Espeleta, J. B. West and L. A. Donovan. "Species-specific patterns of hydraulic lift in co-occurring adult trees and grasses in a sandhill community." Oecologia 138.3 (2004): 341-349.