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Photosynthesis of black spruce, jack pine, and trembling aspen after artificially induced frost during the growing season. 1998. Lamontagne, M.; Margolis, H.A.; Bigras, F.J. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28(1): 1-12.

Year: 1998

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 16945

Language: English

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Light-saturated photosynthesis following artificial frosts was monitored for black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP), jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.), and trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.). None of the species exposed to -–9°C in May or to -6 and -–9°C in August recovered within the 23- and 14-day monitoring periods, respectively. Black spruce and jack pine treated at –-6°C in May recovered within 5 and 23 days, respectively. Black spruce treated at –-3°C in August recovered within 10 days. Frosts were applied to the upper and lower canopies of mature black spruce and jack pine in June and to mature trembling aspen in July. For black spruce, the lower canopy did not recover whereas the upper canopy partially recovered over the 10-day monitoring period. For jack pine and trembling aspen, there were no differences in recovery between canopy levels. Jack pine treated at -–5.5°C recovered within the 10-day monitoring period whereas at -–8.5°C, it only partially recovered. Although recovery period varied with species, phenological state, and frost temperature, gradual recovery of photosynthesis over 5–21 days seems a reasonable modelling algorithm for boreal tree species when growing season frosts lower than –-3°C occur. However, cooling rates in our experiments were greater than those that normally occur in nature.