University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences


Experiment 245 - The influence of natural enemies on plant community composition and productivity

The purpose of this experiment is to determine the influences of natural enemies, including plant pathogenic fungi and insect pests, influence plant community composition, productivity, and diversity over time. The experiment is being conducted in an old field that is burned every other year. Within the old field, there are 8 blocks, and within each block there are 6 treatments: foliar fungicide, soil drench fungicide, foliar insecticide, mammal exclosure, the combination of all enemy suppression tactics (pesticides and mammal exclosure), and a nontreated control. The pesticides are applied repeatedly throughout the growing season. Within the plots, community productivity, species composition, percent cover, and pest damage are being quantified over time.

Methods for e245


Dataset IDTitleRange of Years (# years with data)
aeue245Multispectral Radiometry percent reflectance2008-2014 (7 years)
ple245Plant aboveground biomass data2008-2013 (6 years)
pce245Plant species percent cover data2008-2013 (5 years)
roote245Root biomass data2009-2014 (6 years)