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REFRIGERATING WOODY CUTTINGS HELPS EXTEND PLANT DORMANCY: A PROMISING TREATMENT TO EXTEND THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD FOR BIOTECHNICAL STREAMBANK STABILIZATION IN WARM REGIONS
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 032128, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14007) @2003
Authors: Ming-Han Li, Harlow C. Landphair
Keywords: Dormancy, biotechnical streambank stabilization, black willow
Planting live woody cuttings such as willow or poplar cuttings to stabilize streambanks is
one important technique in biotechnical engineering. To be effective, the cuttings must be harvested
and planted during the dormant periods, normally the wintertime. This requirement may not cause a
problem in construction scheduling for regions with cold, long winters but will be a challenge for
regions with short, rainy winters. This is because the construction of streambank stabilization must
begin at the stream bottom. Rainy winters make streams flow more frequently, which makes the
biotechnical construction and scheduling very difficult.