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Environmental factors affecting woodland legume restoration

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Past efforts to reintroduce the native legume species Desmodium glutinosum and Lespedeza violacea into restored woodlands have not produced self-sustaining populations. Proposed factors preventing reintroduction include herbivory, persistent environmental effects of invasive shrubs, poor performance of commercial Rhizobium inoculants, and competitive displacement associated with elevated nitrogen availability. To address these factors, we conducted field experiments to determine how restoration maturity and six environmental conditions: light availability, soil moisture, soil pH, ammonium (NH4), nitrate plus nitrite (NOx), and phosphate (PO4), affected survival and productivity of transplanted legume seedlings.

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