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Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production$
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Timothy J. Fahey and Alan K. Knapp

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168662.001.0001

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Estimating Net Primary Production of Salt Marsh Macrophytes

Estimating Net Primary Production of Salt Marsh Macrophytes

(p.106) 7 Estimating Net Primary Production of Salt Marsh Macrophytes
Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production

James T. Morris

Oxford University Press

Salt marshes dominate the intertidal zone in temperate latitudes and present some unique features pertaining to measurement of primary production. Several destructive harvest and non-destructive methods for quantifying salt marsh production are described. Allometric methods that account for stem turnover are the recommended approach. Field and laboratory procedures illustrating the recommended protocol are detailed using examples from LTER sites.

Keywords:   intertidal zone, allometry, harvest, stem turnover

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