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Two field experiments were performed to determine if reproductive allocation in 3- to 4-year-old Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana (Rydb.) Beetle, mountain big sagebrush, was affected by spatial dispersion pattern and by small additions of water and/or nitrogen fertilizer In the spatial dispersion study, most measures of reproductive allocation were higher for plants growing singly compared to plants growing in clumps of four shrubs. Total achene biomass and the ratio of total reproductive biomass production/vegetative biomass production (a measure of reproductive effort) for 1984 were much higher for plants growing in a regular pattern In the water and nitrogen fertilizer study, addition of water and fertilizer...
Phenological development of aboveground portions of shadscale and winterfat was observed for 7 years in Curlew Valley, Utah, and graphically related to patterns of precipitation and temperature. The considerable variation in year-to-year phenology should be noted by those taking data in other basic and applied studies. Preset dates for livestock management actions that ignore yearly phenological differences could result, in some years, in the plants being used during phenological states that are susceptible to damage by browsing. Seed set cannot be counted on every year, complicating one of the assumptions of rest-rotation grazing. Published in Journal of Range Management, volume 31, issue 1, on pages 43 - 45, in...
Microphytic crusts form at the soil surface in arid and semiarid rangelands. They bind soil particles together and purportedly influence hydrologic and stability responses to rainfall. We tested this influence in a designed rainfall simulation experiment conducted on a sandy lam site in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, that had been protected from livestock and human traffic for two to three years. Treatments consisted of microphytic crust conditions: 1) living and undisturbed (control); 2) chemically killed to determine structural influence (chemically killed), and mechanically removed from the soil surface (scalped) to approximate conditions of absence. Microphytic crusts in control and chemically killed treatments...
The phenology of galleta (Hilaria jamesii), shadscale (Atriplex confertifolia), nuttall saltbush (A. nuttallii) and mat saltbush (A. corrugata) was studied to determine the effect of contour furrows on their vigor. Four years following treatment of the areas, the plants within 1 meter of the furrows were larger than control plants at least 3 meters from the treatments. Phenological index scores indicated earlier spring growth for the Atriplex species, and a longer summer and fall growth period for all species near furrows. Seed yields were significantly greater for plants near the furrows, providing a sustained seed source for natural establishment when artificial seedings in the salt desert area fail. Published...
Summary P concentrations at several soil profile depths and for various plant parts were monitored over most of one year in adjacent native semidesert shrub and cultivated crested wheatgrass ecosystems. When multiplied by appropriate soil bulk densities and phytomass values, it was possible to calculate P mineralomasses in these two ecotessera. Knowledge of new to old growth ratios allowed estimation of P turnover. Although there was greater P in the vegetation of the native stand, the tissues lived longer and decomposed less rapidly than those in the grass stand that has been established in a portion of the original shrub dominated semidesert. The grass stand showed higher net primary productivity and had a much...
Physical properties of soils associated with monospecific communities of Eurotia lanata and Atriplex confertifolia were studied to determine their possible influence on the vegetation pattern. Complete homogeneity of all properties examined indicated a lack of genetic soil variability as a cause of community differentiation. Published in Ecology, volume 47, issue 4, on pages 627 - 630, in 1966.
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