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LaBella, Jessica [1].

Effect of light interception on photosynthetic capacity and vegetative reproduction of the endangered plant, running buffalo clover.

Running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum, RBC), is a federally endangered stoloniferous species that occurs in several eastern states of the US. Once thought to be extinct, RBC was rediscovered in West Virginia in 1985 and it is generally accepted that it requires moderate disturbance and filtered sunlight to grow. Our objective was to study the light aspect of RBC’s habitat and physiology, primarily focusing on how light availability and photosynthetic parameters are related to stolon production and overall plant growth. This information could be potentially useful in the conservation of the species. We sampled six occurrences in the USDA Forest Service Fernow Experimental Forest (Parsons, WV) in September 2018. For each occurrence, we measured light variables, plant response variables, and environmental variables. There were no significant correlations among plant growth variables and light variables suggesting that light may not be the only driver in asexual reproduction of RBC. However, there were some correlations between light variables and environmental variables as well as environmental variables and plant growth variables which leads us to the conclusion that more than just light variables should be taken into consideration for the management of the species.

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running buffalo clover
light availability

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: ECOPH2, Ecophysiology II
Location: /
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 2:15 PM(EDT)
Number: ECOPH2015
Abstract ID:200
Candidate for Awards:Physiological Section Physiological Section Li-COR Prize,Physiological Section Best Paper Presentation

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