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Salinity and Inundation Tolerance of Phragmites australis ssp. americanus: A Greenhouse Experiment and Field Study on a Tributary of the Chesapeake Bay

dc.contributor.advisorBaldwin, Andrew Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeason, Diane Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-25T06:35:21Z
dc.date.available2018-01-25T06:35:21Z
dc.date.issued2017en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2154DQ8F
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/20440
dc.description.abstractNatural vegetation communities of tidal and non-tidal wetlands are threatened by invasive species, e.g. Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. Ex Steud., resulting in diversity losses and declines in wetland services. The native lineage of Phragmites, Phragmites australis ssp. americanus Saltonstall, P. M. & Soreng could be a valuable addition to species currently used in restoration projects aimed at increasing wetland services. However, tolerances of native Phragmites to environmental conditions are uncertain. Salinity and water level tolerances were investigated by monitoring growth of adult plants, established from rhizomes, under varying water and salinity levels in a greenhouse experiment and an observational study. Results show salinity levels above 5 ppt significantly limited growth of native Phragmites regardless of water level indicating appropriate restoration use across the marsh platform of fresh and oligohaline systems. Educational materials and demonstration sites were created to improve field identification of native Phragmites.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleSalinity and Inundation Tolerance of Phragmites australis ssp. americanus: A Greenhouse Experiment and Field Study on a Tributary of the Chesapeake Bayen_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.pqcontrolledPlant sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledInundationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNative plantsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPhragmitesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRestorationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSalt toleranceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWetlanden_US


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