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Effect of Planting Stocktype and Cultivation Treatment on the Establishment of Norway Spruce on Cutaway Peatlands

Luis, V. C., Peters, J., Gonzalez-Rodriguez, A. M., Jimenez, M. S., and Morales, D. Phyton (Austria) 44(2):231-244. 2004.

In order to determine the effect of stocktype and cultivation treatment on the field performance (survival and growth) and physiological status of Picea abies in cutaway peatlands, small bare-root, large bare-root and containerised seedlings were planted in a deep ploughed and a control site. Survival after 2 years was good across all treatment (>90%) except for the large bare-root seedlings growing in the control site (84%). For all the morphological characteristics assessed in this study, there was no significant interaction between stocktype and cultivation treatment indicating that the growth response to site cultivation was not stocktype dependent. After two growing seasons, all Norway spruce seedlings performed better in the deep ploughed site and displayed also better nutritional and physiological status. Regardless of cultivation treatment, mean height, diameter and volume increment were significantly smaller for the large bare-root seedlings while the small bare-root seedlings displayed the greatest growth rates.


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Author(s): F. Renou, M. Keane, E. P. Farrell

Section: Container Production

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