Growth and crown morphological responses of boreal conifer seedlings and saplings with contrasting shade tolerace to a gradient of light and height

Claveau, Y.; Messier, C.; Comeau, P.G. et Coates, K.D. (2002). « Growth and crown morphological responses of boreal conifer seedlings and saplings with contrasting shade tolerace to a gradient of light and height ». Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 32, pp. 458-468.

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The effects of gradients in light levels and tree height on growth and crown attributes of six conifer species were studied in eastern and western Canada. Three conifers were studied in British Columbia (Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt., Picea glauca (Moench) Voss x Picea engelmannii Parry ex Engelm., and Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia Engelm.), and three in Quebec (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill., Picea glauca, and Pinus banksiana Lamb.). For several growth and morphological parameters, conifers reacted strongly to both an increase in light and tree height. Significant or nearly significant interactions between light classes and height were found for height and diameter growth of most species as well as for many crown attributes for both Abies and Picea. These interactions usually indicated that growth or morphological changes occurred with increasing height from a certain light level. Within a single genus, both eastern and western tree species showed the same overall acclimation to light and height. As generally reported, Pinus species showed less variation in growth and morphological responses to light than Abies and Picea species.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: morphological responses, boreal conifer, seedlings, saplings, shade tolerance, light, height
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département des sciences biologiques
Déposé par: Christian Messier
Date de dépôt: 07 janv. 2009
Dernière modification: 01 nov. 2014 02:07
Adresse URL : http://www.archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/1579

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