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Individual study: The effects of seeding sterile triticale on a native plant community after wildfire in a pinyon pine–mountain mahogany woodland

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Waitman B.A., Draper T.M. & Esque T.C. (2009) The effects of seeding sterile triticale on a native plant community after wildfire in a pinyon pine–mountain mahogany woodland. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 659-664


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Sow tree seeds after wildfire Forest Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 2004-2006 in temperate mixed forest in Nevada, USA (Waitman, Draper & Esque 2009) found that spreading seeds of a sterile wheat-rye hybrid (triticale) in burnt forest area decreased the density of tree seedlings, but did not affect total species richness or cover of perennial plants. Numbers of tree seedlings was lower in seeded (14/m2) than unseeded plots (65/m2). Total number of species (seeded: 17; unseeded: 18/100 m2 plot) and total cover of perennial plants (seeded: 24%; unseeded: 28%) were similar between treatments. Data were collected in 2006 in six pairs of seeded (seeded with triticale at ~92 seeds/m2 in November 2004) and control (unseeded) plots (100 m2). Sites were in an area that was burnt by wildfire in July 2004.