Study

Top‐down control of rare species abundances by native ungulates in a grassland restoration

  • Published source details Wilsey B.J. & Martin L.M. (2015) Top‐down control of rare species abundances by native ungulates in a grassland restoration. Restoration Ecology, 23, 465-472.

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Sow native grass and forbs

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Grassland Conservation
  1. Sow native grass and forbs

    A replicated, randomized, paired, controlled study in 2003–2006 in eight prairie restoration sites in Iowa, USA (Wilsey & Martin 2015) found that sowing grass and forb species did not alter plant species richness. Plant species richness did not differ significantly between areas where seeds were sown (10.7 species/plot) and areas where seeds were not sown (9.8 species/plot). In each site, four 1 x 1 m plots were sown with seeds and two plots were not seeded. All plots were burned in April 2005. In 2003–2006, a 1 x 0.4 m quadrat was placed in each plot and species richness estimated by eye.

    (Summarised by: Philip Martin)

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