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Author(s):Boeri, Pablo Agustin; Unruh, J. Bryan; Kenworthy, Kevin E.; Blount, Ann; Schiavon, Marco; Reisinger, Alexander J.; Iannone, Basil V. III; Rhodes, Daniel James
Author Affiliation:Boeri: Presenting Author and University of Florida West Florida Research & Education Center; Unruh: University of Florida West Florida Research & Education Center; Kenworthy, Schiavon, Reisinger, Iannone and Rhodes: University of Florida; Blount: North Florida Research & Education Center
Title:Alternative lawns vs turf-dominated landscapes: A look into carbon sequestration, soil, arthropod diversity, and composition stability
Section:Turfgrass science oral I (includes student competition)
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Meeting Info.:Baltimore, Maryland: November 6-9, 2022
Source:ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. 2022, p. 144570.
Publishing Information:[Madison, Wisconsin]: [American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America]
# of Pages:1
Abstract/Contents:"Natural and biodiverse landscapes have gained popularity in recent years. However, limited scientific information about the management, persistence, and ecosystem services (ES) of these alternative landscapes in suburban environments is available. Our study evaluated the tradeoffs of converting traditional turfgrass lawns to mixed-species ground covers. In 2021, turfgrass plots located at Jay, Florida, US. were stripped and planted/covered with forbs, "Pensacola" bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) + "Ecoturf" rhizoma peanut (Arachis glabrata), and cypress (Taxodium spp.) woodchips. The plants selected for the forb mixture included sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa), coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora), and centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiruoides). Changes in species composition, weed pressure, crawling arthropods, and soil properties were assessed. The bahiagrass+peanut mixture showed greater composition stability than the forbs, maintaining similar percentages of peanut and turfgrass after one year. Conversely, centipedegrass and coreopsis receded from the forb mixture in fall-2021 and summer-2022 respectively. The forbs had the greatest weed pressure in the summer during establishment. Whereas bahiagrass + peanut had the greatest weed pressure during winter and spring. In 2021, the forbs had a greater green cover during the winter months. However, the forbs also had lower ground cover from December - 2021 to March - 2022. The total abundance of invertebrates in pitfall traps was greater in bahiagrass+peanut and turfgrass plots compared to the forbs. Moreover, the diversity of the order-level community did not differ between vegetated treatments. While all the landscape types increased soil carbon and organic matter levels after one year, bahiagrass+peanut provided the greatest carbon sequestration services. Mixing plants belonging to different functional groups have the potential to increase ES and reduce input use in suburban landscapes. However, maintaining the mixture integrity and aesthetic quality required in these settings would be challenging when mixing more than two plant species. Therefore, the bahiagrass + peanut mixture is a viable alternative to increasing lawn biodiversity."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Boeri, P. A., J. B. Unruh, K. E. Kenworthy, A. Blount, M. Schiavon, A. J. Reisinger, et al. 2022. Alternative lawns vs turf-dominated landscapes: A look into carbon sequestration, soil, arthropod diversity, and composition stability. Agron. Abr. p. 144570.
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