Rui-Hua Liu, Qiu-Wen Chen
Monday 29 june 2015
17:39 - 17:42h at Europe 1 & 2 (level 0)
Themes: (T) Hydro-environment, (ST) Ecohydraulics and ecohydrology, Poster pitches
Parallel session: Poster pitch: 3G. Environment - Ecohydraulic
Many types of human-mediated disturbances, occurring at (and driven by processes that occur at) scales from local to global, influence riparian ecosystems. However, few studies have explicitly tested the effects of intraspecific aggregation of offspring ramets on the growth and size structure of plant populations under the waterlog stress pressure. Therefore, this study conducted a filed survey on the distribution pattern on the dominant species - Digitaria ciliaris and Chrysopogon aciculatus along Lijiang River with the waterlogging stresses varience. Their interspecific relationships on different waterlogging stress levels were studied using Ripley' L function in point pattern analysis and Programita software. Meanwhile, a greenhouse experiment was conducted, in which two populations of eight offspring ramets of tthese two species were grown aggregately or segregately in two waterlogging levels. The results showed that the growth inhibition during the 40 cm waterlogging treatment was more pronounced for shoots than for roots. Ramet aggregation is unfavorable to the growth of D. ciliaris in a nonstressful environment, while the spatial pattern of ramets of C. aciculatus did not have significant effect on their growth. The broader riparian zones of D. ciliaris are determined by its high ramet aggregation leading to greater tolerance to waterlogging, allowing it to exist in the inundated strips.