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Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal recolonization of grasses on a reclaimed stripmine in North Dakota

Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal recolonization of grasses on a reclaimed stripmine in North Dakota

Prairie Naturalist 25(2): 161-172

A study was conducted at the Glenharold Mine near Stanton, ND, with two objectives: (1) to compare the percent vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM) infection levels of Agropyron smithii, Bouteloua gracilis, and Bouteloua curtipendula among two different reclaimed sites and two native prairie areas; and (2) to determine the relationships between VAM infection levels and a number of soil properties (pH, salinity, saturation percentage, sodium, and texture), basal cover, yield, topography, and time since reclamation. Infection was found to be significantly higher on the reclaimed sites for Agropyron smithii and Boutelowa gracilis. No significant correlations were found between infection and basal cover or yield. A good model for predicting percent infection from a variety of soil parameters was not found. It appears that the topsoil stockpiling and seeding practices employed at these sites are quite adequate for the recolonization of VAM.

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