Competition for water in a xeric forest ecosystem – Effects of understory removal on soil micro-climate, growth and physiology of dominant Scots pine trees

Competition for water in a xeric forest ecosystem – Effects of understory removal on soil... •Land-use change can result in denser forests, altering trees’ response to climate.•The understory below dominant Scots pine trees, at a drought-prone site, was removed.•Below 5 cm soil depth, the soil water content increased with the treatment.•Sap flow and tree growth increased, while tree water deficits decreased.•Understory removal is an effective management measure to lower trees’ drought stress. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Forest Ecology and Management Elsevier

Competition for water in a xeric forest ecosystem – Effects of understory removal on soil micro-climate, growth and physiology of dominant Scots pine trees

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0378-1127
eISSN
1872-7042
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.foreco.2017.11.002
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Abstract

•Land-use change can result in denser forests, altering trees’ response to climate.•The understory below dominant Scots pine trees, at a drought-prone site, was removed.•Below 5 cm soil depth, the soil water content increased with the treatment.•Sap flow and tree growth increased, while tree water deficits decreased.•Understory removal is an effective management measure to lower trees’ drought stress.

Journal

Forest Ecology and ManagementElsevier

Published: Feb 1, 2018

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