Common Marsh Plant Species of the Gulf Coast Area. Volume II. Growth Dynamics.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE
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As part of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredged Material Research Program, a study of the growth physiology of marsh plants common to the Gulf Coast area was conducted. The growth physiology study, concerned with the physiological ecology of stress, reports on several experiments on the ability of marsh plants to survive, particularly under stresses of salinity and inundation. Although several species are investigated, including Distichlis spicata, Juncus roemerianus, Phragmites communis, Saggitaria falcata, Spartina cynosurodies, and Spartina patens, major emphasis is given to the adaptability and edaphic requirements of Spartina alterniflora the response of this species is contrasted with that of the other species. Emphasis is given to the substrate qualities to which Spartina alterniflora can adapt and to the adaptation mechanisms. Results of the studies are integrated in a general conceptual model that has application to the development of marshes on dreged material.
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Civil Engineering