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Title: Long-Term Container Effects on Root System Architecture of Longleaf Pine

Author: Sung, Shi-Jean S.; Haywood, James D.; Zarnoch, Stanley J.; Sword Sayer, Mary Anne

Date: 2009

Source: In: Proc. of the 2009 Society of American Foresters National Convention, 2009 September 30-October 4, Orlando, FL. Washington DC: SAF. 9 p.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) seedlings cultured in three container cavity volumes and two cavity types (regular or copper oxychloride coating for root pruning) were excavated three years after planting in 2007 in Louisiana, U.S.A. Copper root pruning did not affect seedling growth. Seedlings from small cavities (60 ml) were smaller than those from medium (93 ml) or large (170 ml) cavities. About 59%, 35%, and 6% of the first-order lateral roots (FOLR) originated from the top, middle, and bottom thirds of the root plug in all treatments. Copper seedlings had more FOLR egress from the top root zone than regular seedlings which had almost even distribution of FOLR egress in all root zones. Copper treatment, however, did not completely ameliorate lateral root or taproot deformity. A few saplings toppled after Hurricane Gustav in 2008 and more saplings toppled in August 2009. Possible causes of sapling toppling are discussed.

Keywords: container planting stock, copper root pruning, Pinus palustris Mill., root system architecture, sapling toppling

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Sung, Shi-Jean S.; Haywood, James D.; Zarnoch, Stanley J.; Sword Sayer, Mary Anne 2009. Long-Term Container Effects on Root System Architecture of Longleaf Pine. In: Proc. of the 2009 Society of American Foresters National Convention, 2009 September 30-October 4, Orlando, FL. Washington DC: SAF. 9 p.

 


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