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Water Relations

Kimberly J. Reever morghan, Jeffrey D. Corbin and John Gerlach

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252202.003.0007
Water Relations

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This chapter identifies the ecological factors that influence the availability of water to California grasslands, including abiotic and biotic influences, and describes the extent to which soil water availability varies temporally, spatially, and as the species traits of the vegetation community change. The influence of climatic conditions, including precipitation, on the productivity and species composition of grasslands are also discussed. Finally, the chapter examines how the shift in community composition due to invasion of non-native species into inland grasslands has influenced soil moisture dynamics in California.

Keywords: water; California grasslands; soil water; vegetation community; grasslands; community composition; non-native species; soil moisture

Chapter.  5456 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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