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Diurnal and seasonal variations in gas exchange and water relations of lowland and upland black spruce ecotypes. 1995. Zine El Abidine, A.; Stewart, J.D.; Bernier, P.Y.; Plamondon, A.P. Canadian Journal of Botany 73: 716-722.

Year: 1995

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 16668

Language: English

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Abstract

Gas exchange and water relations were measured on seedlings from two pairs of upland and lowland black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP) populations. The seedlings were planted under natural atmospheric conditions in exterior sand beds. Measurements were carried out on eight separate days during the summer of 1992. Diurnal and seasonal responses of gas exchange and water relations parameters to natural changes in environmental factors were analyzed for possible ecotypic differences. Differences were found among the four populations and within one of the two upland-lowland pairs. However, no differences could be linked significantly to an upland-lowland ecotypic differentiation. The physiological responses are discussed with respect to diurnal and seasonal changes in environmental factors and to similarities with results from an earlier experiment involving mature trees from the same four populations.

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