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Cambial activity and wood formation in beech (Fagus sylvatica) during the 2006 growth season

Katarina Čufar and Peter Prislan and Jožica Gričar (2008) Cambial activity and wood formation in beech (Fagus sylvatica) during the 2006 growth season. Wood Research (53). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1336-4561

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    Cambial seasonal activity and the dynamics of xylem growth ring formation were studied during the 2006 growth season in mature beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees at a forest stand near Ljubljana, Slovenia. Cross-sections of tissues taken from living trees at weekly intervals were studied with light microscope. Cambial cell divisions began between 18 and 24 April, the cambium achieved maximum width (10-13 cell layers) at the end of May, and cell divisions ceased between 25 July and 16 August. Dormant cambium contained 3 to 5 cell layers. Fitting xylem increments to the Gompertz function showed that the period of most intense cell production was from 30 May to 6 June 2006. Th e average width of fully formed xylem growth rings was 2552 μm, and the time necessary for their formation was 100 days. Although the investigated trees were healthy and of comparable age, the parameters of the Gompertz function showed diff erences in radial growth patterns among trees.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: European beech (Fagus sylvatica), cambium, wood formation, cell diff erentiation, xylem growth rings, Gompertz function, light microscopy
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=SEARCH&base=COBIB&select=ID=1694345
    Divisions: Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Wood Technology > Chair of wood science
    Item ID: 602
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2014 10:10
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2014 10:10
    URI: http://eprints.gozdis.si/id/eprint/602

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