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Propagating dune grasses by cultivation for dune conservation purposes
Dieckhoff, M.S. (1992). Propagating dune grasses by cultivation for dune conservation purposes, in: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. pp. 361-366
In: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) (1992). Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. A.A. Balkema [etc.]: Rotterdam. ISBN 90-5410-058-3. 533 pp., more

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  • Dieckhoff, M.S.

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    In a special nursery for dune grasses established on the island of Norderney, experiments were carried out with the main dune grass species Sand Couch (Agropyron junceum), Marram Grass (Ammophila arenaria), Baltic Marram Grass (Ammocalamagrostis baltica), Sand Sedge (Carex arenari) and Grey Hair-Grass (Corynephorus canescens). The feasability of transplantation and propagation of these grasses was tested and methods for cultivation were developed including a successful method for the cultivation and vegetative propagation of Ammophila arenaria and Ammocalamagrostis baltica. During the experiments the superiority of Ammocalamagrostis baltica was established. By fertilizing with 2x 5g N/m² it is possible to increase productivity of A.baltica. so that within one vegetative period, more than six plants can be propagated from one. Transplanting this material back to native sites causes no problems. Even if transplanted into the inshore dunes, Ammocalamagrostis baltica develops well. Another advantage of Ammocalamagrostis baltica is that it is grazed less by rabbits than Ammophila arenaria. The experiments with the other dune grasses are being continued.

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