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Michel R. Wiman, Elizabeth M. Kirby, David M. Granatstein, and Thomas P. Sullivan

and tree growth in previous trials ( Granatstein and Mullinix, 2008 ), but its impact on meadow vole activity was not monitored, thus discouraging adoption by growers due to the uncertainty of meadow vole damage. The groundcover, sweet woodruff

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pests. Living mulch cover crops can benefit the first three goals, but are likely to increase potential tree damage from meadow voles. Wiman et al. (p. 558) found sweet woodruff to have significantly less vole presence than other cover crops planted in

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David Granatstein and Kent Mullinix

are testing candidate living mulch species that might prove repellent to rodents ( Sullivan, 2006 ). For example, sweet woodruff ( Galium odoratum ) contains coumarin in its tissue, and initial field measurements showed lower vole activity in those