Reintroduction of salt marsh vegetation and phosphorus fertilisation improve plant colonisation on seawater-contaminated cutover bogs

Authors: Emond, CatherineLapointe, LineHogue-Hugron, SandrineRochefort, Line
Abstract: Coastal bogs that are used for peat extraction are prone to contamination by seawater during storm events. Once contaminated, they remain mostly bare because of the combination of high salinity, low pH, high water table and low nutrient availability. The goal of this research was to investigate how plant colonisation at salt-contaminated bogs can be accelerated, in order to prevent erosion and fluvial export of the peat. At two seawater-contaminated bogs, we tested the application of rock phosphate and dolomitic lime in combination with five plant introduction treatments&58; transplantation of Carex paleacea&59; transplantation of Spartina pectinata&59; transfer of salt marsh diaspores in July&59; transfer of salt marsh diaspores in August&59; and no treatment (control). The effects of different doses of lime on the growth of C. paleacea and S. pectinata were also investigated in a greenhouse experiment. In the field, phosphorus fertilisation improved plant growth. Transplantation of C. paleacea resulted in the highest plant colonisation, whereas salt marsh diaspore transfer led to the highest species diversity. Lime applications did not improve plant establishment in either the field or the greenhouse. To promote revegetation of seawater-contaminated cutover bogs, adding P is an asset, Carex paleacea is a good species to transplant, and the transfer of salt marsh diaspores improves plant diversity.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 January 2016
Open Access Date: 19 July 2019
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/35537
This document was published in: Mires and Peat, Vol. 18 (17), 1-17 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.19189/MaP.2015.OMB.209
International Mire Conservation Group
Alternative version: 10.19189/MaP.2015.OMB.209
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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