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Home Publications National Nursery Proceedings 2003 Propagation of Giant Cane ( Arundinaria gigantea) for Riparian Habitat Restoration

Propagation of Giant Cane ( Arundinaria gigantea) for Riparian Habitat Restoration

The objectives of this research were to identify factors that influence rhizome cutting propagation of giant cane (Arundinaria gigantea) and to develop procedures for producing machine-plantable stock for use in canebreak restoration. Phase I of the study investigated factors that influenced culm production from rhizome sections under intermittent mist in the greenhouse. Rhizome sections with at least 10 internodes that were surface planted and exposed to sunlight produced greater numbers of culms compared to those buried and with fewer internodes. Phase II studied the effect of collection date and site (putative genotype) in the production of culms for rhizomes planted in containers under mist in the greenhouse. Culm production varied by date of collection and genotype, with 76% of 435 rhizomes generating at least 1 culm shoot. Results indicate that rhizome cutting propagation may be used to generate machine-plantable stock for giant cane restoration.

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Author(s): James J. Zaczek, Rebecca L. Sexton, Karl W.J. Williard, John W. Groninger

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 2003

Event: Northeastern Forest and Conservation Nursery Association
2003 - Springfield, IL