Streamflows do not increase by killing Salt Cedar: Study on Pecos River

A new study published in Water Resources Research has found out that killing or removal of Salt Cedar,a species introduced in U.S. in early 1800s, from riparian regions do not increase stream flows. This is a groundbreaking result as it challenges the existing assumption that Salt Cedar reduce stream flows because of increased transpiration rates.

Dr. Alyson McDonald, who is the lead author on the study, is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist at Fort Stockton and is also a former Phd student of Dr. Wilcox.

The team of scientists who worked on this study include Dr. Alyson McDonald, Dr. Bradford Wilcox and Dr. Georgianne Moore, department of ecosystem science and management, Texas A&M University, College Station; Dr. Charles Hart, Dow AgroSciences, Stephenville; Dr. Zhuping Sheng, AgriLife Research, El Paso; and Dr. Keith Owens, department of natural resource ecology and management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

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