The response of Sagittaria lancifolia to increased water depths of 7.5 and 15 cm was examined in this field study. Water-depth treatments were achieved by digging sods containing one or two individual plants or ramets of S. lancifolia from the marsh, removing sediment from the resulting hole, and replacing the sods in their original location at the appropriate lower elevation. Plants subjected to increased water depth of 15 cm had higher mean and maximum leaf heights than disturbed control plants. Aboveground biomass was not affected by water-depth treatment; however, 15-cm treatment plants had reduced root biomass and lowered leaf tissue concentrations of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, and Zn. Marsh sods at 15 cm below the marsh surface had the lowest redox potential and highest interstitial water sulfide concentration, indicating that this treatment created the most stressful belowground environment. Sagittaria lancifolia plants responded to the level of stress imposed by the experimental conditions with an altered growth form of increased leaf height.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Effect of increased water depth on growth of a common perennial freshwater-intermediate marsh species in Coastal Louisiana|
|Contributing office(s)||National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center|
|Other Geospatial||Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve|
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