About the Project
This project will develop: a) remote sensing techniques for assessment and quantification of Tor grass on LCG, b) understanding of the interactions between environment and management that lead to the proliferation of Tor grass, and c) Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices for control of this invasive species.
Natural England will provide access to chalk grassland sites across England for validation of monitoring techniques and testing hypotheses about links between environment, management and Tor grass communities. Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices for Tor grass control will be tested at targeted sites.
The project will produce tools for better assessment and management of Tor grass while also improving our fundamental understanding of the ecology of this plant.
Training value: The student will develop knowledge and experience in the areas of remote sensing, soil science, plant physiology and ecology. Training in image analysis, GIS, spectral data collection, physiological methods, plant and soil sampling and statistical analysis.
1Bobbink, R. et al., (1991). Biological Conservation 56, 1-21. 2Redhead, J.W. et al., (2019). Biological Conservation 237, 280-290. 3Stenzel, S. et al., (2017). Ecological Indicators 74, 28-38.
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