An investigation of nitrogen fixation by Russet buffaloberry in Colorado conifer forests
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Russet buffaloberry (Shepherdia Canadensis (L.) Nutt.) is an actinorhizal shrub capable of forming a symbiotic relationship with the N2-fixing soil actinomycetes Frankia. Actinorhizal shrubs are important species as they are able to fix an ecologically significant amount of N and can inhabit disturbed sites with infertile soils. Buffaloberry is commonly found as a dominant understory species in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden) communities and is a common post-fire disturbance species. There is a lack of information regarding buffaloberry's ability to fix atmospheric N2 in ...