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Transition from Sage Brush Steppe to Annual Grass (Bromus tectorum): Influence on Belowground Carbon and Nitrogen
Rangeland Ecology and Management (2011)
  • B. M. Rau
  • D. W. Johnson
  • R. R. Blank
  • A. Lucchesi
  • T. G. Caldwell
  • Eugene W. Schupp, Utah State University

Vegetation changes associated with climate shifts and anthropogenic disturbance have major impacts on biogeochemical cycling. Much of the interior western United States currently is dominated by sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.) ecosystems. At low to intermediate elevations, sagebrush ecosystems increasingly are influenced by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) invasion. Little currently is known about the distribution of belowground organic carbon (OC) on these changing landscapes, how annual grass invasion affects OC pools, or the role that nitrogen (N) plays in carbon (C) retention. As part of a Joint Fire Sciences-funded project called the Sagebrush Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP), we quantified the depth distribution of soil OC and N at seven sites experiencing cheatgrass invasion...

  • Transition,
  • Sage Brush,
  • Steppe,
  • Annual Grass,
  • Influence,
  • Belowground,
  • Carbon,
  • Nitrogen
Publication Date
March, 2011
Citation Information
Rau, B.M., D.W. Johnson, R.R. Blank, A. Lucchesi, T.G. Caldwell, and E.W. Schupp. 2011. Transition from sagebrush steppe to annual grass (Bromus tectorum): influence on belowground carbon and nitrogen. Rangeland Ecology and Management 64: 139‐147.