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EFFECT OF SHORT TUSSOCKS ON INTER–TUSSOCK COCKSFOOT GROWTH

J.E. Radcliffe
Proceedings (New Zealand Ecological Society)
Vol. 21 (1974), pp. 78-84
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24061495
Page Count: 7
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EFFECT OF SHORT TUSSOCKS ON INTER–TUSSOCK COCKSFOOT GROWTH
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Abstract

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.

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