Valina Kay Hurt

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

J.E. Winstead, G.E. Dillard, and Elmer Gray

Degree Program

Department of Biology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Reciprocal plantings of populations of broomsedge, taken from an abandoned strip mine and from an abandoned farm plot in south central Kentucky, on strip mine spoil and abandoned field soil resulted in patterns of populations differentiation. Clonal plantings of populations from strip mine habitats and old field development appeared equal in height and biomass when grown on old field soils in both field trials and growth chamber studies. Populations when planted in strip mine soils in field trials and controlled growth experiments. Later flowering in strip mine populations may be a key to survival strategy in the harsh microclimates of spoil banks. Andropogon virginicus L. may prove to be a significant and economically sound species in reclamation programs.


Biology | Botany | Earth Sciences | Environmental Sciences | Horticulture | Plant Biology | Plant Sciences