WIT Press


Effects Of Wrack Accumulation On Spartina Alterniflora, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York City

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV040181

Volume

68

Pages

8

Published

2004

Size

371 kb

Author(s)

M.D. Byer, G.W. Frame, W. Panagakos, M. Waaijer, Z. Aranbayev, Y. Michaels, R. Stalter & M.P. Schreibman

Abstract

A common natural source of disturbance in Jamaica Bay salt marshes is the local accumulation of wrack, composed primarily of Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis. Mats of wrack accumulate throughout the marsh, killing or damaging the plants beneath them. The objective of this study was to observe the effect of wrack cover upon Spartina alterniflora in monocultures of this species as assessed by the following experiments. Five arrays, each of 8 permanent experimental plots

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