3rd Place - Non-empirical Graduate
Beginning in 1917, a group of perennial warm-season bunchgrasses collectively called Old World Bluestems (OWBs) were introduced from the countries of Europe, Asia, Russia, and Australia. These grasses were brought in to reduce soil erosion and increase hay and forage production, as they can produce up to four times more biomass than native grasses. However, the forage quality of OWBs is reduced as the plant matures and must therefore be harvested prior to maturation. Furthermore, OWBs have become problematic in the southern and central Great Plains, invading and then dominating native warm-season rangelands causing a reduction in ecosystem services.
Copyright the Author(s)
Harrison, Scout and Greer, Mitchell J.
"Plant-Soil Microbiome Feedback Impacts on Native and Non-native Grasses Throughout Kansas,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2018, Article 20.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2018/iss2018/20