Plant-soil interactions and grassland diversity restoration
Bardgett, R. D., Smith, R. S., Shiel, R. S., Tallowin, J. R. B., Mortimer, S. R., Brown, V. K., Pilgrim, E. S., Millward, D., Lawson, C. S., Harrison, K., Edwards, A. E., Hobbs, P. J., Sanderson, R., Harris, S. J., Beaumont, D. A., Murray, A. M., Wright, D. G. and Quirk, H. (2012) Plant-soil interactions and grassland diversity restoration. Aspects of Applied Biology, 115. pp. 31-34. ISSN 0265-1491
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Restoration schemes aimed at enhancing plant species diversity of improved agricultural grassland have been a key feature of agri-environmental policy since the mid 1980s. Allied to this has been much research aimed at providing policy makers with guidelines on how best to manage grassland to restore botanical diversity. This research includes long-term studies of the consequences for grassland diversity of management techniques such as different hay cut dates, fertiliser additions, seed introductions and grazing regimes. Studies have also explored the role of introductions of Rhinanthus minor into species-poor swards to debilitate competitive grasses. While these studies have been successful in identifying some management features that control plant species diversity in agricultural grassland, they have taken a largely aboveground perspective on plant community dynamics.