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Effects of cultivation and herbicide application regimes on the plant species composition of uncropped arable margins

Wagner, M.; Redhead, J.W.; Nowakowski, M.; Shellswell, C.H.; Bullock, J.M.; Pywell, R.F.. 2013 Effects of cultivation and herbicide application regimes on the plant species composition of uncropped arable margins. In: Boatman, Nigel; Green, Mike; Marshall, Jon; Musters, Kees; Peach, Will; Peel, Steve; Siriwardena, Gavin; Smith, Barbara, (eds.) Environmental management on farmland. Wellesbourne, Association of Applied Biologists, 127-136. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 118).

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Abstract/Summary

Uncropped cultivated margins are an important instrument for the conservation of rare arable plants. However, they can be associated with the build-up of pernicious perennial weeds, which in turn may affect levels of uptake by the farming community. To test management techniques for conserving and enhancing populations of rare arable plants, while at the same time controlling undesirable pernicious weeds, replicated split-plot experiments were set up at three different sites across southern England. The tested management regimes varied in cultivation timing (spring vs autumn), cultivation depth, and herbicide regime. Here, we present preliminary results from one of these experimental sites, situated at the Roundwood Estate in the Hampshire Downs. We focus on the management impacts on plant cover, species richness and species composition of the experimental margins at this site. Our findings demonstrate the potential of inversion tillage for promoting establishment of desirable arable species.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.2 - Develop and test practical measures to ameliorate the effects ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.4 - Provide science-based advice ...
CEH Sections: Pywell
Additional Keywords: arable cultivation, graminicide, ploughing, selective broadleaf herbicide, split-plot experiment
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Botany
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Date made live: 09 Jan 2014 11:52 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504349

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