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Tipping the Balance in the Restoration of Native Plants: Experimental Approaches to Changing the Exotic:Native Ratio in California Grassland

Jeffrey D. Corbin, Carla M. D’Antonio and Susan J. Bainbridge

in Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240247
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240247.003.0011
Tipping the Balance in the Restoration of Native Plants: Experimental Approaches to Changing the Exotic:Native Ratio in California Grassland

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This chapter evaluates the efficiency of experimental techniques in reducing invasive plant species in California grassland ecosystems. It discusses native plant restoration approaches, focusing on techniques to tip the competitive balance toward native species and away from exotic species. These techniques include the reduction of soil nitrogen availability, livestock grazing, prescribed burning, herbicide application, and biological control.

Keywords: invasive plant species; California grassland; plant restoration; native species; exotic species; soil nitrogen; grazing; burning; herbicide application; biological control

Chapter.  9860 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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