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Nitrogen effects on Arizona cotton-top and Lehmann lovegrass seedlings

Maria E. Fernandez-Giménez, Steven E Smith

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Abstract

We compared the responses of seedlings of introduced Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostis Lehmanniana Nees) and a native perennial grass, Arizona cottontop (Digitaria californica (Benth.) Henr.) to 7 nitrogen and 2 water treatments to determine if Lehmann lovegrass displayed greater growth or nitrogen use efficiency than Arizona cottontop. After 8 weeks, the lovegrass seedlings had greater shoot N concentrations (2.07 vs. 1.20%), and lower C:N ratios (27.7 vs. 49.6) than Arizona cottontop seedlings. Arizona cottontop seedlings produced more biomass per plant (1.09 vs. 0.31g), exhibited greater nitrogen use efficiency (63 vs. 39%), and tolerated high N levels better. Arizona cottontop may be a superior N competitor under both N-limited and high N conditions, while Lehmann lovegrass may outcompete Arizona cottontop at moderate N levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Range Management
Volume57
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

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Digitaria californica
Eragrostis lehmanniana
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seedling
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nitrogen
nutrient use efficiency
water treatment
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grass
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biomass
carbon nitrogen ratio
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Keywords

  • Desert grassland
  • Invasive plant
  • Nitrogen dynamics
  • Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Plant strategies

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology

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Research observation : Nitrogen effects on Arizona cotton-top and Lehmann lovegrass seedlings. / Fernandez-Giménez, Maria E.; Smith, Steven E.

In: Journal of Range Management, Vol. 57, No. 1, 01.2004, p. 76-81.

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