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Title: Rooting Responses of Three Oak Species to Low Oxygen Stress

Author: Jacobs, Karel A.; MacDonald, James D.; Berry, Alison M.; Costello, Laurence R.;

Date: 1997

Source: In: Pillsbury, Norman H.; Verner, Jared; Tietje, William D., technical coordinators. 1997. Proceedings of a symposium on oak woodlands: ecology, management, and urban interface issues; 19–22 March 1996; San Luis Obispo, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-160. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 91-100

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Rooting characteristics were compared in blue (Q. douglasii), valley (Q. lobata), and cork oak (Q. suber) seedlings under hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions. A 50 percent reduction in root growth occurred in all species at an oxygen level of 4 percent, or an oxygen diffusion rate of 0.3 mg cm-2min-1. Blue oak formed few lateral roots regardless of oxygen level, but valley and cork oak root production decreased under hypoxic conditions. Four percent soil oxygen might be viewed as a minimum requirement for sustaining root growth of oaks in the field, and differences in root branching morphology may be correlated with tolerance of root hypoxia.

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Jacobs,Karel A.; MacDonald, James D.; Berry, Alison M.; Costello, Laurence R. 1997. Rooting Responses of Three Oak Species to Low Oxygen Stress. In: Pillsbury, Norman H.; Verner, Jared; Tietje, William D., technical coordinators. 1997. Proceedings of a symposium on oak woodlands: ecology, management, and urban interface issues; 19–22 March 1996; San Luis Obispo, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-160. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 91-100

 


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