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The Center for Native Grasslands Management




Title: Why coastal municipalities need to know about beachgrass population genetics
Year: 2002
Author(s): Skaradek, W.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 300
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Money for funding coastal beach replenishment projects continues to become more limited and difficult to obtain. Municipalities must improve their ability to compete for those limited funds by demonstrating innovative approaches to managing coastal dune resources. The improvements will demonstrate to the public and funding agencies a higher benefit:cost ratio for funds allocated to projects in those municipalities. Advances in genetics have it easier to identify the different genotypes of American beachgrass that exist and develop improved plant material. The improved plant material will: improve the success of plantings, increase the longevity of stands, maximize the sand-trapping efficiency of plants, and allow genetic diversity within the dune system. The poster will give the reader an overview of the following areas: sand distribution dynamics, typical dune cross sections, the adverse effects of sand fencing on Cape American beachgrass, the reasons for the short life of Cape American beachgrass, the application of basic biology and genetics to dune grass management, basic genetic fingerprinting, reasons genetic fingerprinting will become a regular management tool for public works officials.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall
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