Revegetation of burnt areas: relative effectiveness of native and commercial seed mixtures

  • Published source details Pinaya I., Soto B., Arias M. & Díaz‐Fierros F. (2000) Revegetation of burnt areas: relative effectiveness of native and commercial seed mixtures. Land Degradation and Development, 11, 93-98.


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Sow native grass and forbs

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A replicated, controlled study in 1996–1998 in an area that was previously burned in Galicia, Spain (Pinaya et al. 2000) found that sowing grass and forb seeds increased vegetation cover. No statistical analysis was done in this study. After six to 16 months, vegetation cover in areas sown with seeds was higher (54–95%) than in areas where no seeds were sown (19–76%). In July 1996, a 2,000-m2 area was burned using prescribed burning methods. Following this, in September/October 1996, four plots were sown with seeds of Agrostis truncatula, A. capillaris, bird's-foot trefoil Lotus corniculatus and Lolium multiflorum, and two plots were not sown with seeds. Vegetation cover was estimated after six, 10, 16, and 19 months using a 50 x 50 cm quadrat placed in each plot.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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