The Effects of Disturbance on Garlic Mustard, Alliaria Petiolata, in Three Forested Sites
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The invasive specie garlic mustard is a major threat to the biodiversity of the forest under stories across the United States. This plant is commonly found in disturbed forests near rivers. This study looks at two hypotheses, one is to see if the level of disturbance does increase the abundance of garlic mustard and the second is to see if the proximity to the river does increase the abundance of garlic mustard. To study the effects of disturbance, three similar forest sites were chosen. Each site was classified with a disturbance level. To study the effects of the river each site also had a river. The abundance was counted, including first and second year plants, at each site using transects and quadrats. The study found partial support that disturbance will increase the abundance while there was little evidence to show that rivers will increase the abundance of garlic mustard. However it does suggest that more research needs to be done in water dispersal of seeds.
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