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Individual study: Transplanting and sowing seed of common cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense to increase its distribution at Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, Kent, England

Published source details

Walter M. (2005) Transplanting and sowing seed of common cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense to increase its distribution at Blean Woods RSPB Reserve, Kent, England. Conservation Evidence, 2, 41-42

Summary

In an attempt to increase distribution of common cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense, turves containing cow-wheat were transplanted in April and May, and seeds were sown in July. Both methods resulted in only a few seedlings maturing to adults with some seed set but neither produced viable populations. Cow-wheat is a hemiparasite but both the host species and the ectomycorrhizal fungus requirements are unknown, and it may be that the appropriate hosts were absent.