This project investigated the roles of forest understory perennial plant communities in storing nutrients and preventing pollution of surface waters.
Is it feasible for farmers to improve the function of riparian buffers by adding shade tolerant perennial herbaceous species?
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.
Cathy Mabry McMullen
Year of Grant Completion
McMullen, Cathy Mabry and Thompson, Jan, "The role of herbaceous woodland perennial diversity for improving nutrient uptake capacity of riparian areas" (2006). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 258.