Journal of Undergraduate Research


hydrophobic seed coating, recreational resource, rangeland


Life Sciences


Plant and Wildlife Sciences


The western rangelands are the wide open spaces of American history. They are increasingly used as a recreational resource by millions of visitors each year. Rangelands produce tangible products such as forage, wildlife habitat, water, minerals, energy, plant and animal gene pools, recreational opportunities, and some wood products. There has been a history of rangeland degradation in the U.S. Because of this degradation, native plant species are not as dominant as they once were. Invasive plant species, such as cheat grass, have integrated into the precious rangeland system. These invasive species out compete and take over native plants. The overall goal of this study was to provide an advantage for native grass species over these invasive species. This was to be achieved by delaying imbibition and germination of the seedlings. This insures their survival through the winter and leads to their germination in the spring.