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Title:Effects of Prairie Management on Soil Characteristics and Bees
Author(s):Vercillo, Christina; Buckles, Brittany; Harmon-Threatt, Alexandra
Subject(s):ecology
bee
prairie
soil
management
Abstract:This research involves four prairie management types: burning, haying, and patch burn grazing (new/old). These management types have the potential to affect certain soil characteristics such as bulk density, pH, and soil type. Our goal was to determine whether these management types affected these soil characteristics between each management type and between top and bottom soils within each type. This study was a part of a larger project which also examined whether prairie management affected bee abundance in these areas. We found significant differences between management types and between top and bottom soils within each type in terms of both bulk density and pH. Despite the fact that 80% of bee species nest in the soil, this topic is under-researched. Although our results regarding bee abundance in prairies employing these management types were not significant, they may provide insight into certain trends for these ground-nesting bees.
Issue Date:2016
Citation Info:Vercillo, Christina et. al. (2016, April). "Effects of Prairie Management on Soil Characteristics and Bees." Session presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
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Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90265
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Christina Vercillo
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-10


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