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Frequent mowing is better than grazing for the conservation value of lowland tussock grassland at Pontville, Tasmania

Citation

Verrier, FJ and Kirkpatrick, JB, Frequent mowing is better than grazing for the conservation value of lowland tussock grassland at Pontville, Tasmania, Austral Ecology, 30, (1) pp. 74-78. ISSN 1442-9985 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2004.01425.x

Abstract

The effects of an unusual high frequency mowing regime, which involved the removal of slash, were compared to moderate grazing through the method of paired quadrats across a fenceline, which was orthogonal to a weak environmental gradient. The mown plots proved superior in their conservation characteristics to the moderately grazed plots. The mowing regime produced greater cover of rare or threatened species, greater native cover and lesser exotic grass cover. It thus presents an opportunity for maintaining or improving the condition of previously grazed remnants in reserves without resorting to the use of stock or fire for biomass reduction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary Biology
Research Field:Biogeography and Phylogeography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
Objective Field:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Environments
Author:Verrier, FJ (Ms Frances J. Verrier)
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:33027
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-04-22
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