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EFFECT OF SHORT TUSSOCKS ON INTER–TUSSOCK COCKSFOOT GROWTH
Proceedings (New Zealand Ecological Society)
Vol. 21 (1974), pp. 78-84
Published by: New Zealand Ecological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24061495
Page Count: 7
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The effect of different densities of tussocks (Festuca novae-zelandiae, Poa laevis) in short tussock grassland associations was studied using transplanted cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) seedlings as indicators of inter-tussock plant growth. The dense tussock associations considerably modified the microclimate, reduced frost damage and initially promoted cocksfoot growth. Sparse tussock associations did not generally promote cocksfoot growth unless plants were near the tussock base and sheltered from the prevailing wind.
Proceedings (New Zealand Ecological Society) © 1974 New Zealand Ecological Society