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Individual study: Effects of Artificial Sand Fixing on Community Characteristics of a Rare Desert Shrub

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Liu H., Tao Y.E., Qiu D., Zhang D. & Zhang Y. (2013) Effects of Artificial Sand Fixing on Community Characteristics of a Rare Desert Shrub. Conservation Biology, 27, 1011-1019


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Use erosion blankets/mats to aid plant establishment Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

A controlled study in 2010 in an arid shrubland in Xin-jiang, China (Liu et al. 2013) found that stabilizing sand using reed mats and then planting native shrubs increased plant cover, biomass and plant species diversity. Areas where sand had been stabilized had higher plant cover (28% cover) than areas that had not been stabilized (17% cover). The same pattern was true for biomass (stabilized: 121 g/m2, unstabilized: 87 g/m2) and plant species diversity (data presented as model results). Sand was stabilized by placing reed cuttings in a checkerboard pattern. Native shrubs were then planted where reed cuttings were placed. In 2010 ten 100 m2 plots were used to sample areas that had been stabilized and eleven 100 m2 were used to sample areas that had not.

(Summarised by Phil Martin)