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Root exposure effects on water relations of Eucalyptus nitens nursery stock


Wilson, SJ and Clark, RJ, Root exposure effects on water relations of Eucalyptus nitens nursery stock, New Forests, 19, (1) pp. 13-25. ISSN 0169-4286 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1006646423627


Bare-root seedlings of Eucalyptus nitens frequently exhibit water stress after planting resulting in leaf lamina damage and reduced leaf area. Two trials examined effects of root exposure and desiccation between lifting and transplanting on post-planting water relations, leaf retention and root growth. Plants with roots exposed on a glasshouse bench initially lost water rapidly. In one trial ψ 1 declined to around -2.0 MPa within 2.5 h, after which there was no further change with exposure up to 7.5 h. In the second trial, the initial decline in ψ 1 was more rapid, reaching below -2.0 MPa in the first hour, before remaining stable with continuing exposure up to 4.5 h. A further decline then continued to -4.0 MPa after 7.5 h. Two days after transplanting into potting mix, day - time leaf water potentials in all desiccation treatments had declined to near -2.0 MPa. Hydraulic resistivity, measured as leaf specific resistivity two days after transplanting, increased following exposure for greater than 2.5 h, but there was no further increase between 4.5 and 7.5 h. The increase in resistivity corresponded with leaf water potential declining below -2.0 MPa during exposure. In the second trial, increasing root exposure time resulted in decreased leaf area due to lamina necrosis. Root growth, measured three weeks after planting, was also reduced, and there was also a positive curvilinear relationship between leaf area remaining at three weeks and new root growth. The results are discussed in terms of hardiness and the management of E. nitens seedlings from nursery to plantation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry management and environment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Wilson, SJ (Dr Stephen Wilson)
UTAS Author:Clark, RJ (Professor Robert Clark)
ID Code:18732
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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