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The Influence of Soil Characteristics on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) Post Wild Fire Restoration Efforts

Elliott, Todd Christopher

Titre : The Influence of Soil Characteristics on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) Post Wild Fire Restoration Efforts

Auteur : Elliott, Todd Christopher

Université de soutenance : Arizona State University (ASU)

Grade : M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2013

Résumé
The Cave Creek Complex fires of June and July of 2005 north of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. burned 248,310 acres of Sonoran desert, primarily on the Tonto National Forest, USFS. The fires consumed multiple stands of the keystone species Carnegiea gigantea, the saguaro cactus. Restoration efforts in late spring 2007 involved the monitoring of 200 transplanted saguaro cacti over a two year period for overall establishment and success. Observation of local saguaro distribution suggests that soil factors might influence saguaro growth. Therefore, soil samples were collected from each transplant location and analyzed for percentage coarse fragments, texture, pH and electrical conductivity as soil collection and analysis of these variables are relatively inexpensive and expedient. Regression analysis was used to determine which, if any of these soil characteristics significantly correlated with plant growth. The results of this study found significant correlation between saguaro transplant growth and the soil variables of clay content and pH, but no correlation between saguaro growth and coarse fragment percentages or electrical conductivity

Subject : Environmental management / Carnegiea gigantea / restoration / saguaro / soil / wild fire

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