The effect of prescribed fire history on belowground processes in tallgrass prairiePublic Deposited
Fire is an agent of ecosystem change that has played a critical role in shaping the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Periodic prescribed fire maintains the prairie by removing woody and invasive plant species, and stimulating growth of native herbaceous species. Fire’s beneficial effect on the tallgrass prairie aboveground community, in terms of aboveground productivity and plant diversity, has been well established. However, other parts of the ecosystem, especially the soil community, have been less thoroughly studied. The central question posed by this study was: what is the effect of fire frequency (frequent fire, infrequent fire, or no fire) in undisturbed tallgrass prairie on components of the tallgrass prairie soil community?
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