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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Catherine A. Zabinskien
dc.contributor.authorHousman, Megan Leigh.en
dc.contributor.otherSusan M. Tallman, Clain A. Jones, Perry R. Miller and Catherine Zabinski were co-authors of the article, 'Soil water, soil nitrate, and residue quanity associated with cover crop mixtures in the northern Great Plains' submitted to the journal 'Agriculture, ecosystems, and environment' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.contributor.otherSusan M. Tallman, Clain A. Jones, Perry R. Miller and Catherine Zabinski were co-authors of the article, 'Multi-species cover crops: effects on soil biology after one and two rotations in the semi-arid northern Great Plains' submitted to the journal 'Soil biology and biochemistry' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-27T15:49:52Z
dc.date.available2016-10-27T15:49:52Z
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/9834
dc.description.abstractAs summer fallow is replaced by cover crops, we aim to address how cover crops influence soil properties. Past studies conducted across the Northern Great Plains have investigated the short- and long- term effects of LGMs on water, nitrate, and carbon storage, soil parameters including potentially mineralizable nitrogen (PMN) and enzymatic activity, and wheat yield. Less knowledge exists regarding similar short- and especially long-term effects of CCMs in the NGP. This four-year study replicated at four sites in Montana allows us to investigate how site characteristics and annual weather patterns can influence the performance of cover crop growth and the subsequent effect on soil quality. Our research approach to building cover crop mixtures using functional group composition rather than species composition aims to make the work more broadly applicable to other regions. Other regions may utilize more adapted legume or brassica species and could still use our results to estimate their effects on soil and nitrate use throughout the soil profile or their effects on soil biological parameters.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Agricultureen
dc.subject.lcshSoil fertility.en
dc.subject.lcshBiodiversity.en
dc.subject.lcshCover crops.en
dc.titleMulti-species cover crops in the northern Great Plains : an ecological persepctive on biodiversity and soil healthen
dc.title.alternativeMulti-species cover crops in the northern Great Plains: an ecological perspective on biodiversity and soil healthen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2016 by Megan Leigh Housman.en
thesis.catalog.ckey3149316en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Catherine A. Zabinski (chairperson); Perry Miller; Clain Jones.en
thesis.degree.departmentLand Resources & Environmental Sciences.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage161en
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.data.thumbpage170


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