Effect of topographic and temporal (maturity) gradients on the nutritive quality of semiarid herbaceous communities

M. E. Perez‐Corona, B. Garcia‐Criado, B. R. Vazquez de Aldana, A. Garcia‐Ciudad
1994 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis  
PBSTRACT: Five slopes representative of the "dehesa" grassland comrnunities in the semi-arid zones of Central-Western Spain (province of Salamanca) were studied. Above-ground biomass production was recorded from April to June and the NDF (neutral detergent fibre), ADF (acid detergent fibre), hemicellulose, cellulose, lignin, and digestibility were determined in the dry matter. Principal component analysis was applied to the data. The changes with time along the growth period show a parallel
more » ... show a parallel effect on the three positions of the slope, although the effect tended to be greater on the middle and upper zones. There were decreases in the levels of protein, cellular content, and digestibility, and an increase in cell wall components. The variability in nutntive characteristics induced by the phenology and time changes in the communities was reflected in the first factor of analysis, whereas the topographic gradient was related to the second component. ' spring-summer growth, and (ii) the topographic gradients on which such
doi:10.1080/00103629409369171 fatcat:ehcpap3wkndyzdjbpktrrvzrzi