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Effect of topographic and temporal (maturity) gradients on the nutritive quality of semiarid herbaceous communities

AuthorsPérez Corona, M. Esther ; García Criado, Balbino ; Vázquez de Aldana, Beatriz R. ; García Ciudad, Antonia
Issue Date1994
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 25(11-12): 2047-2061 (1994)
AbstractFive slopes representative of the “dehesa”; grassland communities in the semi‐arid zones of Central‐Western Spain (province of Salamanca) were studied. Above‐ground biomass production was recorded from April to June and the NDF (neutral detergent fibre), ADF (acid detergent fibre), hemicellulose, cellulose, lignin, and digestibility were determined in the dry matter. Principal component analysis was applied to the data. The changes with time along the growth period show a parallel effect on the three positions of the slope, although the effect tended to be greater on the middle and upper zones. There were decreases in the levels of protein, cellular content, and digestibility, and an increase in cell wall components. The variability in nutritive characteristics induced by the phenology and time changes in the communities was reflected in the first factor of analysis, whereas the topographic gradient was related to the second component
Description15 páginas, 6 figuras. -- Con la colaboración técnica de: L. García, J.C. Estevez, M. Hernández, E. Rodríguez y P.M. Pelaez-Campomanes. -- This is an electronic version of an article published in Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis © 1994 Copyright Taylor & Francis; Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00103629409369171
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00103629409369171
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