2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Soil moisture potential--Iowa--Cedar Falls Region; Forbs--Iowa--Cedar Falls Region;

Abstract

Background:
• The loss of tallgrass prairie habitat has likely contributed to decline in North American pollinator communities.1
• To combat these losses the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) created Conservation Practice (CP) 42 to re-establish pollinator habitat on the landscape.2
• One factor that could influence forb establishment in CP42 fields is the water storage capacity of the soil.
• In this study, we test whether soil water storage capacity to 25 cm influences floral resources or species-specific forb establishment in 35 randomly selected CP42 fields

Start Date

2-8-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

2-8-2019 1:30 PM

Event Host

Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Northern Iowa

Faculty Advisor

Mark Sherrard

Department

Department of Biology

File Format

application/pdf

Included in

Biology Commons

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The Impact of Soil Water Storage Capacity on Species-specific Forb Establishment in CP42 Fields

Background:
• The loss of tallgrass prairie habitat has likely contributed to decline in North American pollinator communities.1
• To combat these losses the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) created Conservation Practice (CP) 42 to re-establish pollinator habitat on the landscape.2
• One factor that could influence forb establishment in CP42 fields is the water storage capacity of the soil.
• In this study, we test whether soil water storage capacity to 25 cm influences floral resources or species-specific forb establishment in 35 randomly selected CP42 fields