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Does Kosteletzkya pentacarpos Facilitate Upland Transition to High Salt Marsh?

Does Kosteletzkya pentacarpos Facilitate Upland Transition to High Salt Marsh?

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Does Kosteletzkya pentacarpos Facilitate Upland Transition to High Salt Marsh?

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  1. Does Kosteletzkya pentacarpos Facilitate Upland Transition to High Salt Marsh?

  2. Victoria Long Katie Spady

  3. Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

  4. “The pig of the plant world”…. but in the case of K. pentacarpos everything is useful* • Seeds for oil for biodiesel fuel • Seed pulp for animal feed • Stems for fiber and animal bedding • Flowers for bees and hummingbirds • Perennial plant with deep roots that sequester large amounts of C and N • Tolerates brackish soils • Cultivated with traditional farm machinery • Facilitates conversion to high marsh • Highly competitive with Phragmites * Jack Gallagher, Univ Deleware

  5. Long-term experiment in collaboration with TNC and University of Delaware to assess: • Soil properties particularly C and N content in old field vs. K. pentacarpos plantedplots • Track vegetation communities • Agricultural demonstration project Summer 2014 Questions • Germination efficiency? • Greenhouse • Field • Planting approach? • Transplant • Drilled • Broadcast • Soil saturation? • Wet • Dry

  6. Groundwater wells Cork surface water pipes

  7. Variables • Germination efficiency • Greenhouse • Field • Survival • Plant height • Number of stems • Number and timing of flowering • Seed biomass

  8. Seed Collection • October 18, 2013 • 3 locations • Seeds combined Legend Brownsville ABCRC Lab

  9. Seeds planted March 14, 2014 81% germination

  10. Plot A Planted June 10, 2014

  11. Plot C Plot D

  12. Broadcast Plots Planted July 2, 2014

  13. acknowledgements Virginia Coast Reserve LTER The Nature Conservancy National Science Foundation