Above- and belowground biomass of S. patens in elevational marsh planter experiments


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Spartina patens is grown in experimental elevation planters  placed in draining ponds on the salt marsh platform.  The planters are constructed from PVC pipes of varying lengths.  All of the PVC pipes are open at the bottom, and flush to the mudflat surface of the pond, resulting in the tops of the pipes being situated at various relative elevations within the tidal range.  Plants growing in the shorter PVC pipes are flooded for a longer duration of each tidal cycle than plants growing in the taller PVC pipes.  The growth response of S. patens when exposed to different flood frequencies is monitored by  destructive 'harvesting' of all above- and belowground plant material at the end of the growing season.

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Thursday, June 1, 2006 to Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Sunday, January 1, 2017