Seedling dynamics of some cotton grass tussock tundra species during the natural revegetation of small disturbed areas

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TitleSeedling dynamics of some cotton grass tussock tundra species during the natural revegetation of small disturbed areas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsChester, AL, Shaver, GR
JournalHolarctic Ecology
Volume5
Issue2
Pagination207-211
ISBN Number0105-9327
Accession NumberARC317
Keywordssurvival
Abstract

The dynamics of seedling establishment, and growth of native cotton grass-tussock tundra species were studied during the natural revegetation of small bare areas excavated in tussock tundra. The seedlings of Eriophorum vaginatum spp. spissum and Carex bigelowii , two sedge species, established most successfully. Few seedings of nonsedge species emerged with the small disturbances. Most seedling emergence occurred early in the first growing season following the excavation of the bare areas. The density of emerged seedlings was higher in bare areas excavated in the autumn preceding the observations, rather than in bare areas excavated at the start of the first season of observation. After two growing seasons, survival of seedlings was not affected by the time the seedling emerged within the growing season. Eriophorum vaginatum was the most abundant species because it: (1) had the highest seedling emergence rates, particularly early in the growing season; (2) produced more tillers per seedlings; and (3) had a higher growth rate per seedling than C. bigelowii .

DOI10.1111/j.1600-0587.1982.tb01038.x
Short TitleSeedling dynamics of some cotton grass tussock tundra species during the natural revegetation of small disturbed areas