Climate controls on grass culm production over a quarter century in a tallgrass prairie.

@article{Craine2010ClimateCO,
  title={Climate controls on grass culm production over a quarter century in a tallgrass prairie.},
  author={Joseph M. Craine and Elizabeth Towne and Jesse B Nippert},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={91 7},
  pages={
          2132-40
        }
}
The flowering of grasses is a process critical to plant population dynamics and genetics, herbivore performance, and human health. To better understand the climate factors governing grass flowering, we analyzed the patterns of culm production over 25 years for three perennial tallgrass prairie species at Konza Prairie in Kansas, USA. The three species (Andropogon gerardii, Sorghastrum nutans, and Schizachyrium scoparium) all utilize the C4 photosynthetic pathway and were measured annually at… CONTINUE READING

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