|Title||Effect of eliminating subterranean termites on the growth of creosotebush, Larrea tridentata|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1989|
|Authors||Gutierrez JR, Whitford WG|
|Journal||The Southwestern Naturalist|
|Keywords||article, articles, journal, journals, Larrea,termite effect on growth, termite, Larrea productivity, termite, removal of, water amendment, water infiltration,termite|
Soils devoid of termites are more compacted (Elkins et al., 1886), and nitrogen concentrations in the soil surface decrease with depth. This should affect the growth of deep-rooted shrubs. We studied the effects of water supplementation and termite removal on shoot growth of the common Chihuahuan Desert shrub Larrea tridentata to test the hypothesis that reduced infiltration by removal of termites would reduce growth rates of the shrub.