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Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Current Grassland Research & Publications

Research Articles

California's native perennial grasses provide strong suppression of goatgrass and medusahead. Winter 2018. Grasslands 28(1): 3-6. Valarie Eviner and Carolyn Malmstrom. 

California's native grasses have the ability to suppress noxious weeds and prevent them from dominating grasslands when naturalized annual exotics, which can out-compete native grasses, are controlled. 

Implications of plant functional traits and drought survival strategies for ecological restoration. 24 July 2017. Journal of Applied Ecology (online) DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12979. By Jennifer A. Balachowski and Florence A. Volaire

The authors measured seasonal growth and foliar and root functional traits under non-limiting water conditions, followed by recovery after severe drought in four populations of Elymus glaucus.  Dehydration tolerance and summer dormancy were associated with a more conservative strategy (lower productivity, lower Specific Leaf Area and Specific Root Length), as well as earlier reproductive phenology. The authors discuss the implication that restored populations with superior drought survival may therefore be less competitive, and recommend further investigation to inform plant materials selection protocols and management practices

Livestock grazing supports native plants and songbirds in a California annual grassland. PLoS ONE 12(6) (June 14, 2017) : e0176367. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176367.  By Sasha Gennet, Erica Spotswood,, Michele Hammond, James W. Bartolome.  

An 8-year study in central California finds livestock grazing can be compatible with or support grassland bird conservation. --Michele Hammond is a current serving on the CNGA Board of Directors. 

The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage. Science Advances. 05 APR 2017: E1601880. By Bruce A. Hungate, Edward B. Barbier, Amy W. Ando, Samuel P. Marks, Peter B. Reich, Natasja Van Gestel, David Tilman, Johannes M. H. Knops, David U. Hooper, Bradley J. Butterfield, Bradley J. Cardinale

Biodiversity confers economic value by enhancing carbon storage in grasslands, an economic argument for biodiversity conservation.


Restoration manual for annual grassland systems in California. University of California ANR Publication 8575. June 2017. By Elise Gornis and Julea Shaw. 

Techniques to provide general direction to effectively improve grassland conditions in monetary and logistically feasible ways. Developed for practitioners of any experience level to inform grassland restoration, design and application. --Elise Gornish served on the CNGA Board of Directors in 2017. 

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