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Seasonal Variation in Surface Soil Pollen Taxa Over 12 Months in Three English Mature Woodlands

Newsome, N. and Adams-Groom, Beverley (2017) Seasonal Variation in Surface Soil Pollen Taxa Over 12 Months in Three English Mature Woodlands. Grana, 56 (5). pp. 377-385. ISSN 0017-3134 Online: 1651-2049

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Abstract

This study aimed to determine whether or not a seasonal, or even monthly, pattern of pollen accumulation could be found in surface soil. Three mature woodlands in the English Midlands were selected and soil samples were taken from the same area, each month, for 12 months. Pollen types were recorded and compared across the woodlands. Pollen condition was assessed for seasonal differences in Bannam’s woodland. Two of the woodlands (Windmill Naps and Wirehill) had pollen assemblages that were dominated heavily by Quercus pollen but the third (Bannam’s) was more balanced. Each pollen type found was present in almost every month and winter was, for some types, a time of increased pollen. No clear, consistent patterns were visible in the results across the woodlands or for each pollen type. Although some pollen types showed an increase in levels during their flowering season, this was only consistent across all three woodlands for grasses (Poaceae). The condition of the pollen grains remained similar across the 12 months with a small (up to 12%) increase in fresh pollen in May. This study concludes that for damp woodland soil in the English Midlands, a clear, seasonal or monthly pattern cannot be determined.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: plant science, ecology, evolution, behaviour and systematics
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Beverley Adams-Groom
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 14:41
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5764

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