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Mechanisms of competition: Thermal inhibition of tree seedling growth by grass

Ball, Marilyn; Egerton, John (Jack); Lutze, Jason L; Gutschick, Vincent P; Cunningham, Ross


The relative importance of thermal interference and competition for below-ground resources in the inhibition of tree seedling growth by grass was determined under field conditions. Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) seedlings were grown in bare soil or soil covered with either live grass or straw. Covering soil with straw produced thermal conditions in soil and air that were indistinguishable from those associated with live grass. In contrast, seedlings grown in bare soil experienced more rapid...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-002-1044-z


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