Control of vegetation succession by means of soil fabrics.

Published online
22 May 1971
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Grime, J. P. & Loach, K. & Peckham, D.

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In a glasshouse experiment, galvanised iron wires or woven fibre-glass strands placed 3 cm below the soil surface constricted the tap roots of Quercus rubra seedlings from planted acorns. A field experiment in which the effect of plastic cloths or galvanised iron wire on invasion of soil by Fraxinus americana seedlings was studied suggested that a surface fabric might exclude larger seeds from suitable germination sites.

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