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Below- and above-ground growth of Eucalyptus nitens in a young plantation II. Nitrogen and phosphorus


Misra, RK and Turnbull, CRA and Cromer, RN and Gibbons, AK and LaSala, AV and Ballard, LM, Below- and above-ground growth of Eucalyptus nitens in a young plantation II. Nitrogen and phosphorus, Forest Ecology and Management, 106, (2-3) pp. 295-306. ISSN 0378-1127 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0378-1127(97)00320-4


Accumulation of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in below- and above-ground components of Eucalyptus nitens was studied in a plantation for two fertilizer treatments (T1, unfertilized; and T5, in which 600 and 300 kg ha-1 of N and P, respectively was applied at 2 and 26 months after planting). Variation of N-concentration in roots of various diameters was small. The concentration of N in roots was similar to that for leaves, but the concentration of P was higher in roots compared with leaves and other above-ground components of trees. Application of N and P fertilizers at 26 months increased the concentrations of N in roots and P in leaves and stems following fertilizer application. Temporal variation of N- and P-concentrations in roots did not match with that for the above-ground components of trees. Leaves and coarse roots accumulated higher proportion of total N and P than other components. By 34 months, total accumulated N and P in trees was 290 and 31 kg. ha-1, respectively. The ratio of below-ground to above-ground P decreased with addition of P but a similar ratio for N remained unaffected by N-fertilization.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Misra, RK (Dr Rabi Misra)
UTAS Author:Turnbull, CRA (Mr Turnbull)
UTAS Author:Cromer, RN (Mr Cromer)
UTAS Author:Gibbons, AK (Mr Andrew Kevin Gibbons)
UTAS Author:LaSala, AV (Ms Anne LaSala)
UTAS Author:Ballard, LM (Mrs Linda Ballard)
ID Code:15058
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-10

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