2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

The effects of soil type on root growth in cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Siobhan Wojcik, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Mohr Walkway

Abstract

Brooms tectorum, an invasive plant found in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, is an annual bunchgrass native to Eurasia. Because of its ability to efficiently extract moisture from the ground, it outcompetes native perennial grasses, thus pushing out native species. In this study, B. tectorum was grown in three different soil types, to see how root and shoot growth respond to favorable and unfavorable substrates. Our results demonstrate significant differences in plant responses to different soils, expanding our understanding of the response of invasive species to stressful environments.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-5-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

4-5-2016 11:45 AM

Panel

Poster Session

Panel Moderator

Karen Kirk

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology, Environmental Studies

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The effects of soil type on root growth in cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)

Mohr Walkway

Brooms tectorum, an invasive plant found in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, is an annual bunchgrass native to Eurasia. Because of its ability to efficiently extract moisture from the ground, it outcompetes native perennial grasses, thus pushing out native species. In this study, B. tectorum was grown in three different soil types, to see how root and shoot growth respond to favorable and unfavorable substrates. Our results demonstrate significant differences in plant responses to different soils, expanding our understanding of the response of invasive species to stressful environments.