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Research Article

How do Size and Resource Availability Control Aboveground Biomass Allocation of Tree Seedlings?

Christina Lodige*, Peter Schall and Christian Ammer

Department of Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Büsgenweg 1, 37077 Gottingen, Denmark

*Corresponding Author:
Christina Lödige
Department of Silviculture and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Büsgenweg 1, 37077 Göttingen, Denmark
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 11, 2014; Accepted Date: June 10, 2014; Published Date: June 12, 2014

Citation: JLodige C, Schall P, Ammer C (2014) How do Size and Resource Availability Control Aboveground Biomass Allocation of Tree Seedlings? Forest Res 3:123. doi: 10.4172/2168-9776.1000123

Copyright: © 2014 Lodige C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



In a three (light availability levels)×two (soil moisture levels) factorial greenhouse experiment we quantified to what extent light availability and soil moisture on the one hand and seedling size on the other hand control the relationship between branch and stem biomass of European beech and Norway spruce seedlings. Aboveground biomass partitioning of both tree species were influenced by size and to a lesser extent by the environmental conditions. The branch biomass allocation pattern to reduced light and soil moisture differed strongly between the two species. European beech allocation was only driven by size and of Norway spruce by size and the environmental conditions. Overall, beech seedlings seem to have much higher crown plasticity as spruce. Our results indicate that in contrast to above-belowground biomass allocation pattern which depend very much on the environmental conditions, aboveground biomass partitioning seem to be mainly controlled by plant size.


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