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dc.contributor.authorDuval, William Ludwig
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T16:20:50Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T16:20:50Z
dc.date.issued2008-12
dc.identifier.otherduval_william_l_200812_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/duval_william_l_200812_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25171
dc.description.abstractThe integration of clonal plants can have important consequences for plant interactions; however, there are relatively few studies that address this issue. In fact, many studies of plant interactions that include clonal plants have actually used individual ramets and have ignored integration completely. Most studies of clonality also involve herbaceous species, with many fewer studies utilizing woody species. Given the dearth of studies on woody species and clonal integration, it is important to address these issues. Clonal integration in Vaccinium stamineum was examined through a series of field experiments that addressed the following questions: 1) Does resource sharing actively occur? 2) Does clonal integration alter the competitive ability of the study species? 3) Does clonal integration alter the study species’ ability to utilize resources? 4) Does clonal integration increase the ability of V. stamineum to respond to simulated disturbance? The findings from these experiments suggest that integration plays an important role in growth and reproduction in Vaccinium stamineum in the sandhills of the southeastern United States.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectIntegration
dc.subjectclonal
dc.subjectvegetative
dc.subjectnitrogen
dc.subjectcompetition
dc.subjectdisturbance
dc.subjectsandhills
dc.subjectvaccinium stamineum
dc.subjectlong leaf pine
dc.titleIntegration in a clonal woody shrub, Vaccinium stamineum
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentPlant Biology
dc.description.majorPlant Biology
dc.description.advisorRebecca Sharitz
dc.description.committeeRebecca Sharitz
dc.description.committeeGregory Schmidt
dc.description.committeeRonald L. Hendrick, Jr.
dc.description.committeeBeverly Collins
dc.description.committeeDavid Porter


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