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Effects of winter flooding on mass and gross energy of bottomland hardwood acornsAuthor(s): Alan G. Leach; Jacob N. Straub; Richard M. Kaminski; Andrew W. Ezell; Tracy S. Hawkins; Theodor D. Leininger
Source: The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(7):1519–152
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionDecomposition of red oak acorns (Quercus spp.; Section Erythrobalanus) could decrease forage biomass and gross energy (GE) available to wintering ducks from acorns. We estimated changes in mass and GE for 3 species of red oak acorns in flooded and non-flooded bottomland hardwood forests in Mississippi during winter 2009–2010. Mass loss of acorns was ≤ 8.1% and reduction in GE ≤ 0.03 kcal/g after exposure for 90 days. These small changes in mass and GE of red oak acorns would have minimal effect on carrying capacity of bottomland hardwood forests for ducks.
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CitationLeach, Alan G.; Straub, Jacob N.; Kaminski, Richard M.; Ezell, Andrew W.; Hawkins, Tracy S.; Leininger, Theodor D. 2012. Effects of winter flooding on mass and gross energy of bottomland hardwood acorns. The Journal of Wildlife Management 76(7):1519–1522.
Keywordsacorns, carrying capacity, conservation planning, ducks, metabolizable energy, Mississippi Alluvial Valley, red oak, Quercus spp
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