Dominant cold desert plants do not partition warm season precipitation by event size

  title={Dominant cold desert plants do not partition warm season precipitation by event size},
  author={Susanne Schwinning and Benjamin I. Starr and James R Ehleringer},
We conducted experiments to examine the quantitative relationships between rainfall event size and rainwater uptake and use by four common native plant species of the Colorado Plateau, including two perennial grasses, Hilaria jamesii (C4) and Oryzopsis hymenoides (C3), and two shrubs, Ceratoides lanata (C3), and Gutierrezia sarothrae (C3). Specifically, we tested the hypothesis that grasses use small rainfall events more efficiently than shrubs and lose this advantage when events are large… CONTINUE READING
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