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tussock

1. a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
2. Austral and NZ
a. short for tussock grass
b. the. country where tussock grass grows

tussock

[′təs·ək]
(ecology)
A small hummock of generally solid ground in a bog or marsh, usually covered with and bound together by the roots of low vegetation such as grasses, sedges, or ericaceous shrubs.
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A total of 101 beetles were recorded in previously uninhabited tussocks.
With enhanced kinetics, uptake by tussocks exposed to patchily distributed nutrients was very similar to uptake with uniformly distributed nutrients for P, but declined slightly with increasing COV for N[[O.
In this study we manipulated in situ air temperature, but not nutrient availability, in Alaskan tussock tundra, and measured direct warming effects on plant biomass, production, nitrogen (N), and ecosystem C[O.
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Bumblebees nest according to species, in old mouse nests in hedgerows and woodland edge or in dense grass tussocks.
For the 1992 experiment, tussocks were selected and divided into 15 groups of three tussocks each, five groups each for the 1-, 5-, and 30-d incubations, respectively.
The course has something for everyone - stream cS rossings, muddy banks, heather, bracken, tussocks and a steep downhill finish with a little sting in the tail
From 11 June to 13 July 1982, we measured, in one control, one elevated-temperature, and one light-attenuation plot, (1) photosynthetically active radiation (400-700 nm; control and temperature plots only) with LiCor quantum sensors, (2) air temperature 50 cm above the ground with a shaded thermocouple, (3) soil temperature at 10 cm depth in moss mats between Eriophorum tussocks, (4) soil temperature at 10 cm depth within tussocks (tussock temperature; control and temperature plots only), and (5) temperature in the litter on the top surface of tussocks (surface temperature).
Catherine said: "Lapwings like short grass with longer tussocks to hide in and wet areas for feeding.
The cat tractors that run the plains to extract oil will permanently damage the permafrost on the coastal plain, and some of the plants that form the soft raised tussocks of the tundra.
The skink was basking amongst snowgrass tussocks in a revegetated wheel rut of an old track at 1530 m elevation.