Study

Influence of mechanical cutting and pathogen application on the performance and nutrient storage of Cirsium arvense

  • Published source details Kluth S., Kruess A. & Tscharntke T. (2003) Influence of mechanical cutting and pathogen application on the performance and nutrient storage of Cirsium arvense. Journal of Applied Ecology, 40, 334-343.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

    A replicated, controlled study in 1998-1999 on fallow land at the University of Göttingen, Germany (Kluth et al. 2003) found that cutting reduced creeping thistle Cirsium arvense reproductive success, but combining cutting with infection with rust fungus Puccinia punctiformis further restricted sexual reproduction and was therefore a more effective control strategy. Potted thistle plants (15 cm tall) were transferred outdoors and one of four treatments (10 replicates of each) were applied in June 1998 and 1999: cutting at 30 cm, application of a spore suspension of the rust fungus, cutting and rust application and controls. Thistle size, number of flower buds and fertile flower heads and above and below ground (1999) dry matter were measured.

     

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