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Renato Gerdol, Chiara Siffi, Paola Iacumin, Matteo Gualmini and Marcello Tomaselli Advanced snowmelt affects vegetative growth and sexual reproduction of Vaccinium myrtillus in a sub-alpine heath Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01472.x

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We manipulated snow cover in a sub-alpine heath (Figure). Removing snow reduced growth and flowering of Vaccinium myrtillus in years when the plants experienced spring frosts. However, advanced snowmelt will not decrease Vaccinium cover because of its capacity to recover vegetatively from frost injury and because sexual reproduction plays a minor role for propagating ericaceous shrubs in closed heath communities.

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