Effects of mowing and removing litter on reproductive shoot modules of some plant species in abandoned meadows of Monte San Giorgio

Stampfli, Andreas (1992). Effects of mowing and removing litter on reproductive shoot modules of some plant species in abandoned meadows of Monte San Giorgio. Botanica Helvetica, 102(1), pp. 85-92. Birkhäuser 10.5169/seals-70932

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Reproductive shoot modules have been counted in a permanent plot experiment on Monte San Giorgio (Southern Switzerland) since 1988. The 8 species presented here, including the dominant grass (Molinia arundinacea) and seven locally abundant species, two grasses (Danthonia alpina, Bromus erectus), a sedge (Carex flacca) and four forbs (Centaurea bracteata, Anthericum ramosum, Serratula tinctoria, Inula hirta) changed considerably from year to year. Mowing negatively affected cover and standing crop proportions of M. arundinacea and positively influenced the number of reproductive shoot modules of most species. Removing litter did not affect the cover of M. arundinacea but mainly increased its number of reproductive shoot modules. It is concluded that density of reproductive shoots is very sensitive to weather condi¬ tions and different treatments.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Vegetation Science (discontinued)

UniBE Contributor:

Stampfli, Andreas

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0253-1453

Publisher:

Birkhäuser

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

20 Dec 2016 08:32

Last Modified:

27 Aug 2018 07:17

Publisher DOI:

10.5169/seals-70932

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dynamics of species change, fluctuation, management, Molinia arundinacea, permanent plot

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91276

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91276

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