Process-Based Management Approaches for Salt Desert Shrublands Dominated by Downy Brome

Hirsch, M.C. and T. Monaco

Publication Date:

Downy brome grass (Bromustectorum L.) invasion has severely altered key ecological processes such as disturbance regimes, soil nutrient cycling, community assembly, and successional pathways in semiarid Great Basin salt desert shrublands. Restoring the structure and function of these severely altered ecosystems is extremely challenging; however new strategies are emerging that target and attempt to repair ecological processes associated with vegetation change. In this paper, we review the essential processes required to reduce downy brome abundance and assist with creating suitable conditions for revegetation of Great Basin salt desert shrublands.

Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed Article

Natural Resources and Environmental Issues