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Plant colonisation under abnormally dry conditions of some reservoir margins in mid-Wales

Merry, D. G. and Slater, Frederick Maurice 1978. Plant colonisation under abnormally dry conditions of some reservoir margins in mid-Wales. Aquatic Botany 5 , pp. 149-162. 10.1016/0304-3770(78)90058-X

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The pioneer community of the exposed reservoir margins contained plants of several ecological provenances growing largely at random over the sub-strand-line mud. Although some slight structure was detected in transects at right angles to the water's edge, this was mainly the result of passing through the strand-line zone into the pre-existing upland vegetation. Maximum diversity was consistently encountered in the mid-section of each transect which, it is suggested, reflects both optimum growing period and conditions for the maximum number of individuals and species of both bryophytes and higher plants to develop. The mud community, although a pioneer, was the effective maximum attainable in the existing environmental regime and could appear at the same place on successive occasions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0304-3770
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:16

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