Summary. In a 6‐year experiment with a naturally occurring population of viable weed seeds, the numbers in the top 9 in. of soil decreased exponentially from year to year in the absence of further seeding. The rates of loss were equivalent to 22% per year in undisturbed soil, 30% per year on plots dug twice a year (March and September) and 36% per year on those dug four times a year (March, June, September, December). Seed numbers of individual species also decreased exponentially, although not all at the same rates. On the dug plots, the numbers of seedlings that emerged each year decreased exponentially once the regimes had become established. The proportions of the viable seeds which gave rise to seedlings in the course of a year were 7 % on plots dug twice and 9 % on those dug four times a year; although there was some variation, these proportions remained much the same from year to year. On undisturbed soil the number of seedlings that emerged declined rapidly, and in the 4th year represented no more than 03% of the viable seeds still present in the top 9 in. of soil.
Weed Research – Wiley
Published: Dec 1, 1967
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