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Tree Shelters Influence Growth And Survival Of Carob (Ceratonia Siliqua L.) And Cork Oak (Quercus Suber L.) Plants On Degraded Mediterranean Sites

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO010611

Volume

46

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

916 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

P.M. Marques, L. Ferreira, O. Correia & M.A. Martins-Loução

Abstract

Tree shelters influence growth and survival of carob (Ceratonia siliqua L.) and cork oak (Quercus suber L.) plants on degraded Mediterranean sites P.M. Marques, L. Ferreira, O. Correia & M.A. Martins-Lou?ao Centra de Ecologia e Biologia Vegetal, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal Abstract Tree shelters were used in an ecological restoration effort in 1999 and 2000 to test the decrease in transplant shock and increase in growth and survival of two selected Mediterranean species, carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) and cork oak (Quercus suber L.), planted in a dry degraded region. At plantation, two treatments were established, one planted with 60 cm tall TUBEX Minitubes™ and the other planted without tree shelters. Results have shown that tree shelters dramatically increased survival of sheltered plants and also stimulated height growth, probably caused by reduced light regimes inside shelters, inducing shade adaptation. Different biomass partition occurred

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