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Low-dose herbicide effects on tree establishment and soil nitrogen biogeochemistry within pine savannasAuthor(s): George L. McCaskill; Shibu Jose; Andrew V Ogram
Source: Soil Science Society of America Journal. 83(s1): S153-S160.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionLongleaf pine (Pinus palustris P. Mill) survival and growth, net nitrogen mineralization, and soil microbial biomass, were evaluated after four growing seasons in a Florida wet flatwoods site following chemical vegetation control during the first year or second year after planting, or during both years. The four herbicide treatments included sulfometuron methyl at 0.26 ai kg ha-1, hexazinone (0.56 ai kg ha-1), sulfometuron (0.26 ai kg ha-1) plus hexazinone (0.56 ai kg ha-1) mix, and imazapyr at 0.21 ai kg ha-1. Imazapyr was the only treatment to significantly improve growth over the control in a single application. Consecutive annual applications of imazapyr and hexazinone on seedlings also improved growth rates compared to the control. Sulfometuron methyl-treated pine trees had lower survival rates and were smaller than pines growing in the control plots after a single application. The survival and growth rates of imazapyr-treated seedlings were improved when the chemical was applied during the second growing season after planting, instead of the first year. Imazapyr and hexazinone applications increased net nitrogen mineralization rates, but imazapyr was the only treatment to increase ammonification; compared to the control. Microbial and fungal biomass carbon showed no differences between treatments. The results did show that microbial biomass significantly increased with two consecutive years of herbicide applications over a single application. Imazapyr applied during the second growing season proved to be the best treatment for improving pine growth, controlling competitive vegetation, minimizing pine mortality, and to remain effective when soils are saturated.
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CitationMcCaskill, George L.; Jose, Shibu; Ogram, Andrew V. 2019. Low-dose herbicide effects on tree establishment and soil nitrogen biogeochemistry within pine savannas. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 83(s1): S153-S160. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2018.09.0347.
KeywordsRestoration, herbicides, nitrogen mineralization, microbial biomass, ergosterol.
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