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Simulated Livestock Soil Compaction, Plant Defoliation and Litter Removal Effects on Extracellular Enzyme Activity and Vegetation Across a Moisture Gradient in Southern Alberta, CanadaDownload
Preservation of grasslands is vital for the continuation of the numerous ecosystem goods and services (EG&S) provided by these ecosystems, including forage for livestock, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration and habitat for flora and fauna. All EG&S in grasslands are supported by microbial...
Monitoring year-to-year variability in dry mixed-grass prairie yield using multi-sensor remote sensingDownload
The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and harvested biomass were compared to assess rangeland productivity (above-ground green biomass or “yield”) in southern Albertan dry mixed-grass prairie. Seasonal trends during the 2009 and 2010 growing seasons were investigated using harvested...
Effects of environmental and disturbance gradients on native bee diversity, abundance and composition in Alberta’s prairiesDownload
Native bees provide pollination services to a range of crops, supporting food production and the global economy. They also support the fitness of native flowering plants and terrestrial plant diversity. These functions are delivered by a diverse community of bees with a broad spectrum of life...
Bees are a key component of terrestrial ecosystems and provide valuable ecosystem services to both natural and agricultural landscapes. It estimated that 87.5% of native plants benefit from pollination, including 1/3 of global food crops. Additionally, pollination by bees provides maximized...