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Plant Biomass Allocation and Competitive Interactions in Coastal Wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay: Experimental and Observational Studies

dc.contributor.advisorBaldwin, Andrew H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorClark, Jennaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-08T06:17:49Z
dc.date.available2011-10-08T06:17:49Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/12016
dc.description.abstractWetlands are diverse environments whose vegetation provides numerous natural services including flood and erosion control and excess nutrient absorption; however conditions created by sea level rise and nutrient pollution could lead to possible wetland loss. To assess the responses of vegetation in these conditions in the Chesapeake Bay tidal wetlands, an observational study and a competition greenhouse study were conducted. An aboveground to belowground biomass relationship assessment was done along a salinity gradient within a subestuary of the Chesapeake Bay. The competition study focused on the relationship between a native and a non-native species in the aforementioned conditions. These studies revealed Phragmites australis had more biomass and lower rooting depths than the native Spartina cynosuroides under varying conditions of salinity, competition, and fertilization. Growth of S. cynosuroides may facilitate the growth of P. australis through salinity uptake and root aeration, which could have important impacts on wetland management practices.en_US
dc.titlePlant Biomass Allocation and Competitive Interactions in Coastal Wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay: Experimental and Observational Studiesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Technologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental scienceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEcologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledBiomass Allocationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChesapeake Bayen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCompetition Studyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPhragmites australisen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSpartina cynosuroidesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledwetlandsen_US


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