Transpirational Water Loss in Invaded and Restored Semiarid Riparian Forests

  title={Transpirational Water Loss in Invaded and Restored Semiarid Riparian Forests},
  author={Georgianne W Moore and Meredith Owens},
The invasive tree, Tamarix sp., was introduced to the United States in the 1800s to stabilize stream banks. The riparian ecosystem adjacent to the middle Rio Grande River in central New Mexico consists of mature cottonwood (Populus fremontii ) gallery forests with a dense Tamarix understory. We hypothesized that Populus would compensate for reduced competition by increasing its water consumption in restored riparian plots following selective Tamarix removal, resulting in similar transpiration… CONTINUE READING


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