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REBUILDING CALIFORNIA - Senate Bill 1
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Caltrans Roadside Soils research studies the interaction of soils and plants in order to improve soil structure, improve vegetation establishment, and reduce erosion and sediment loss.
Healthy soils are the key to healthy plant material. This research studies the interaction of soil and plant species in order to improve soil structure, improve vegetation establishment, and reduce erosion and sediment loss.
This field trial in Contra Costa County applies the findings of the Caltrans Soils Resource Evaluation studies to a degraded and compacted slope. Despite both high intensity and long duration storm events over the winter of 2010, the treated areas of the project site remained erosion resistant, allowing the seeded and container plantings to root in.
This literature review was conducted to ascertain positive or negative affects on revegetation from the addition of local or non-local mycorrhizal fungal inocula, and whether a compelling case exists now for the routine addition of commercially available mycorrhizal fungi spores on Caltrans roadside revegetation projects. Findings indicate that the intentional use, culture and dispersal of mycorrhizal fungal species hold potential for unintended negative consequences similar to those that accompany any introduction of extralimital plant or animal species. The addition of commercial mycorrhizal fungi is not recommended until further research is available.
This report provides summaries of the Soils Resource Evaluation II study objectives, test site selection, site descriptions, amended soil descriptions, construction activities, geographic observations, implementation costs and performance evaluations. In addition, suggested implementation strategies and guidelines for project construction techniques are provided for subsequent projects.
This study is a follow-up project to the Soils Research Evaluation I. A systematic process of critical soil characteristics and tests was developed to improve soil treatment to support the revegetation of harsh, barren sites.
This project evaluates the benefit of using Commercial Mycorrhizal Fungi as a substitute for native soil microbes and also evaluates different application methods.
This report demonstrates that plant species native to California exhibit greater dependence on mycorrhizal fungi, while introduced exotic species often fail to support mycorrhizal fungi. Through a series of field and greenhouse experiments that used native and exotic plant species common to southern California, the particulars of these important ecological relationships were investigated in a restoration context. Improved soil stability with native plants and their associated mycorrhizae is one consequence of these relationships.
This project summarizes the mechanism of water-stable aggregate formation and concludes that sustained vigorous plant growth is essential to maintenance of soil structure. Plants contribute to water-stable aggregates by adding carbon materials to soil that are decomposed by soil microbes. Sustainable, vigorous plant growth, however, is difficult to achieve on degraded soils from which topsoil has been removed by construction or erosion. Laboratory incubation experiments using prospective amendment materials indicated that widely differing N release patterns occur. Given the large total amounts of N per ha that are associated with adequate plant growth and cover, the use of amendments with slow N release rates is encouraged, so that the N applied to the site is retained in the soil until it is incorporated into plant tissue.
This report presents the design and results of the seventh primary experiment completed by the VEMS research project. The goal of this project is to compare the effects of different compost treatments on water quality and the establishment of native shrubs.
Updated: Aug 1, 2016
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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