Publication Date

2003

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Meserve, Peter L.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Biological Sciences

LCSH

Biomass--Illinois||Prairie ecology--Illinois||Microtus pennsylvanicus--Environmental enrichment--Illinois||Nitrogen fertilizers--Environmental aspects--Illinois

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment was to study the effects of nitrogen and the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) on the biomass of a restored northern Illinois tallgrass prairie. Small experimental plots were installed in the field and received one of four treatments: untreated control, fertilizer addition, vole exclusion, or fertilizer addition with vole exclusion. Beginning in 1998, live plant and litter biomass were monitored by the point-contact method for two years. Previous work and theory predicted that nitrogen addition should exert greater effects upon the biomass of the experimental plots than vole exclusion; results for live vegetation biomass supported this hypothesis. However, the results for litter biomass refuted it, suggesting that current models for plant-herbivore interaction may need modification to account for seasonal changes in primary productivity.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [80]-85)

Extent

x, 85 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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