Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Baldwin, Brian S.

Committee Member

Schauwecker, Timothy J.

Committee Member

Jones, Jeanne C.

Committee Member

Jolley, Rachel L.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Rivercane, Arundinaria gigantea, is the native woody evergreen grass that has exhibited rapid population decline since European colonization of North America. Agriculture and urban expansion have reduced this important ecosystem type to remnant populations. This poses challenges to current restoration efforts by minimizing genetic diversity and limiting healthy host sites for propagation. Objectives of this research were to test four methods of establishment that would promote the greatest survivability and growth of propagules. Non-irrigated field studies indicated greatest rivercane growth response when planted in increased shade (60 - 85% light reduction). Monthly plantings indicated that February offered the greatest probability of survival. Application of slow release 19-6-12 fertilizer (33.3 g) enhanced growth, but fertilizer applications are not recommended without adequate soil moisture. Halosulfuron (72.6 g a.i./ha) applications for weed control showed no damage to rivercane plants compared to control.