Réponses des plantes de sous-bois au retrait expérimental du cerf de Virginie dans les forêts du sud du Québec

Authors: Collard, Amélie
Advisor: Lapointe, Line; Ouellet, Jean-Pierre
Abstract: We examined the response of understory plants to deer exclusion in maple-dominated forests of southern Québec following nearly 30 years of deer overabundance. Six maple forests were selected for the study and at each site one deer exclosure and one control were established in 1998. One exclosure and one control at each of the same sites were established in 2003 under recent gap openings. We investigated deer impacts on the richness, abundance, and aboveground biomass of different plant groups. None of these variables differed significantly between treatments over the years under both forest cover and gaps, except for tree seedlings and total plant abundance under gaps. Trillium erectum recovered partially as individuals were taller and reproduced more frequently in deer exclosures under forest cover. Overall, our results suggest that plant groups did not recover from deer exclusion, likely because of low light levels that prevail in maple-dominated forests.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/20822
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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