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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Dale W. McNeal

First Committee Member

Lee Christianson

Second Committee Member

David T. Hughes


This study was undertaken to examine the growth responses of various annual plant species on serpentine and non-serpentine soils from the Sierra Nevada foothills and the adjacent area. Various measurements were taken at intervals during the life cycle to determine the comparative growth patterns on different types of soil. These measurements indicate the degree of serpentine tolerance and intolerance.