Restoration and Revegetation of Harsh Soils

Ryan E. O’Dell and Victor P. Claassen

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI:
Restoration and Revegetation of Harsh Soils

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This chapter focuses on methods used in the restoration and revegetation of stressful edaphic environments. It begins with methods used in the restoration or revegetation of nonserpentine soils and then describes how the same approaches are applied to the restoration or revegetation of serpentine soils. The discussion highlights soil and vegetation manipulation methods used to restore partially degraded serpentine ecosystems and then focuses on three steps—physical site stabilization, substrate amendment, and plant and microbial materials selection—that are critical to successful revegetation of severely degraded serpentine ecosystems. The chapter concludes by evaluating how well serpentine ecosystems serve as model environments for restoration and revegetation studies.

Keywords: edaphic environments; nonserpentine soils; serpentine soils; serpentine ecosystems; physical site stabilization; substrate amendment; microbial materials selection

Chapter.  12557 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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