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Keyword: western wheatgrass

Bud bank dynamics and clonal growth strategy in the rhizomatous grass, Pascopyrum smithii

Publications Posted on: March 23, 2016
Recruitment of rhizomatous perennial grass ramets primarily occurs from the belowground bud bank. Investment in guerilla versus phalanx growth is determined by bud availability, development, and spatial distribution.

Climate change and grazing alter invasive and native perennial grass stem recruitment

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 08, 2015
Scientists found that the invasive smooth brome out-performed the native western wheatgrass under a variety of temperature and moisture conditions. Their results help understand the competitive ability of smooth brome and have important implications for predicting vegetation dynamics under climate change.

Evaluating the potential role of belowground bud banks in providing resistance and resilience to climate change in grassland ecosystems

Projects Posted on: April 22, 2015
Stem initiation of key mixed-grass prairie species will be examined under a range of temperature, clipping, and moisture treatments in a series of growth chamber and greenhouse experiments. 

Sickleweed on the Fort Pierre National Grasslands: An emerging threat

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2013
We report the first detailed field survey of sickleweed (Falcaria vulgaris L.) in the United States. Sickleweed is native to Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and Iran and was first reported in the United States in 1922. It is listed by the Nebraska Invasive Species Council as a Category II invasive plant species.

Soil sulfur amendments suppress Selenium uptake by alfalfa and western wheatgrass

Publications Posted on: May 05, 2009
Selenium (Se) is a potential soil contaminant in many parts of the world where it can pose a health risk to livestock and wildlife. Phosphate ore mining in Southeast Idaho has resulted in numerous waste rock dumps revegetated with forages to stabilize the dumps and support grazing. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), smooth brome (Bromus inermis Leyss.), and western wheat grass [Pascopyrum smithii (Rydb.) A.