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Germination, Oak, Mineland, Restoration.
Quercus gambelii Nutt. (Gambel oak) is an ecologically important species that provides food and shelter for many wildlife species. In areas impacted by disturbance, Q. gambelii is often the first woody perennial species to reestablish (USFS, 2016). The use of this species could be beneficial for the reclamation of mine sites in mountain shrubland areas of the western United States. However, due to the recalcitrant nature of these acorns (i.e. seeds that do not survive after drying or freezing), viability can quickly be lost after the acorns are harvested. Additionally, invasive weevils (Family Curculionidae) infest and kill oak acorns. These factors make Q. gambelii difficult to use in reclamation projects.
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Ostraff, Ethan; MIller, Christopher; Hulet, April; Geary, Bradley; Ruebelmann, Kate; and Madsen, Matthew, "Improving the Germination Rate of Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) for Mineland Restoration" (2022). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2022. 41.
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