Effects of clipping or burning on some morphological characteristics of Agropyron spicatum
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): W. Willms; A. W. Bailey; A. McLean
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • Agropyron
  • Agropyron spicatum
  • Artemisia tridentata
  • British Columbia
  • Bromus inermis
  • Canada
  • coniferous forests
  • forage
  • forest types
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • light
  • litter
  • perennial plants
  • Phalaris arundinacea
  • Phleum pratense
  • plant growth
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • soil moisture
  • statistical analysis
  • temperature
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The effects of fall clipping or burning on the subsequent morphology of bluebunch wheatgrass were studied in both the big sagebrush-bluebruch wheatgrass and Douglas fir-bluebunch wheatgrass communities. Observations were made to the 2nd year after treament. Burning, in the big sagebrush community, resulted in a larger ratio of plant weight to volume. Burning also increased tiller density by the 2nd year in the big sagebrush community. Plants that were burned had lighter tillers in the 1st year after treament. The also had a greater proportion of weight distributed near their base. The morphological characteristics of clipped plants were generally intermediate between those of burned and control plants. In general, the treatment effect was less in the Douglas fir community than in the big sagebrush community.©NRC Canada

Online Link(s):
Willms, W., A. W. Bailey, and A. McLean. 1980. Effects of clipping or burning on some morphological characteristics of Agropyron spicatum. Canadian Journal of Botany, v. 58, p. 2309-2312.