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Climate adaption and post-fire restoration of a foundational perennial in cold desert: Insights from intraspecific variation in response to weatherAuthor(s): Martha M. Brabec; Matthew J. Germino; Bryce A. Richardson
Source: Journal of Applied Ecology. 54: 293-302.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe loss of foundational but fire-intolerant perennials such as sagebrush due to increases in fire size and frequency in semi-arid regions has motivated efforts to restore them, often with mixed or even no success. Seeds of sagebrush Artemisia tridentata and related species must be moved considerable distances from seed source to planting sites, but such transfers have not been guided by an understanding of local climate adaptation. Initial seedling establishment and its response to weather are a key demographic bottleneck that likely varies among subspecies and populations of sagebrush.
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CitationBrabec, Martha M.; Germino, Matthew J.; Richardson, Bryce A. 2017. Climate adaption and post-fire restoration of a foundational perennial in cold desert: Insights from intraspecific variation in response to weather. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54: 293-302.
Keywordsclimate response, fire, freezing responses, restoration, Sagebrush, seed zones, seedling survival, semi-arid landscapes, water stress, weather
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