Investigation of disturbed and intact woodlands herbaceous understories provided information on species present, biomass production and nutrient capture in preserved and secondary forests.
What characteristics of woodland understory plant communities are functionally important in agricultural landscapes?
The number, frequency, and abundance of different understory herbaceous species, especially spring-growing species, are greater in preserved forests than in secondary or disturbed forests, and are important for maintaining biodiversity and contributing to nutrient capture. Certain spring-growing species produce large amounts of biomass and substantially increase nutrient capture in the understory. Including these species in riparian woodland restoration should lead to increased effectiveness for nutrient capture.
Jan R. Thompson
Cathy Mabry McMullen
Year of Grant Completion
Thompson, Jan R. and Mabry McMullen, Catherine, "The role of herbaceous woodland perennial diversity for improving nutrient uptake of riparian areas" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 340.