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dc.contributor.advisorDibble, Eric D.
dc.contributor.advisorGuyton, John W. III
dc.contributor.advisorJones, Jeanne C.
dc.contributor.advisorStrickland, Bronson K.
dc.contributor.authorEntsminger, Edward D.
dc.identifier.citationEntsminger, E. D. 2014. Plant community response to reduced mowing regimens along highway right-of-ways in northeastern Mississippi. Thesis, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. ProQuest LLC Publishing, Ann Arbor, MI. June 10, 2014. 215pp.
dc.description.abstractI investigated percent coverage, plant height, species richness, and woody stem density in plant communities in ten study plots during spring and fall (2010-2012) within 3 different treatments (continual mowings, one fall mowing, and one fall mowing with native wildflower seeds) on highway 25 right-of-way in Oktibbeha and Winston counties, Mississippi. I recorded 277 plant species including native and non-native forbs, legumes, grasses, rushes/sedges, and woody plants. Non-native agronomic grasses exhibited greatest coverage greater than 90 percent occurring in all treatments. Percent coverage of plants less than 0.46m height category exceeded 100 while, greater than 0.46m plant height categories averaged 55 percent. Woody stem density ranged from 7,772 year 1 to 10,025 stems/hectare year 2. I detected no significant differences in plant height or woody stems among treatments. One mowing per year retained agronomic plant cover for erosion control and annual cost savings up to 75 percent for roadside maintenance.en_US
dc.publisherProQuest LLC Publishingen_US
dc.subjectNative plantsen_US
dc.subjectnonnative invasive plantsen_US
dc.subjectnortheastern Mississippien_US
dc.subjectreduced mowing regimenen_US
dc.subjectroadsides right-of-waysen_US
dc.subjectplant communitiesen_US
dc.titlePlant community response to reduced mowing regimens along highway right-of-ways in northeastern Mississippi.en_US
dc.typeGraduate Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquacultureen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Forest Resourcesen_US
dc.publisher.researchcenterForest and Wildlife Research Centeren_US

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