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Effects of substrate disturbance on secondary plant succession; Mojave Desert, California.

Journal of Applied Ecology

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Abstract

Soil compaction, removal of the top layer of soil, and alteration of drainage channel density caused significant changes in perennial plant cover, density, and relative species composition. Long-lived species, predominantly Larrea tridentata, were dominant in all control areas but percentage cover and density were greatly reduced in areas where substrate alterations were significant. Pioneer species such as Ambrosia dumosa and Hymenoclea salsola had percentage cover values similar to or greater than controls in most areas where substrate alterations were significant, and these species were dominant in the majority of disturbed areas. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of substrate disturbance on secondary plant succession; Mojave Desert, California.
Series title:
Journal of Applied Ecology
Volume
24
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Applied Ecology
First page:
305
Last page:
313
Number of Pages:
9