Project ID

2004-E04

Abstract

This project investigated the roles of forest understory perennial plant communities in storing nutrients and preventing pollution of surface waters.

Key Question

Is it feasible for farmers to improve the function of riparian buffers by adding shade tolerant perennial herbaceous species?

Findings

This study suggests that these perennial herbaceous species will improve seasonal nutrient storage in buffers. Additional work by these researchers is investigating which of these species play a key role in nutrient retention and methods for reintroducing them.

Principal Investigator(s)

Cathy Mabry McMullen

Co-Investigator(s)

Jan Thompson

Year of Grant Completion

2006

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