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Morphology, physiology, survival, and field performance of containerized coastal Douglas fir seedlings given different dormancy-induction regimes. 2006. MacDonald, Joanne E.; Owens, J.N. HortScience 41: 1416-1420.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26864

Language: English

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The effects of different dormancy-induction regimes on first-year containerized coastal Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco var. menziesii) seedling morphology and physiology in the nursery, as well as seedling survival and performance after one growing season in a common garden, were investigated. In early July, three dormancy-induction regimes were applied: moderate moisture stress (MS), short day (SD), and short day with moderate moisture stress (SD+MS). In early October, seedling height, root collar diameter, and shoot dry weight were unaffected by regime, but root dry weight was reduced in seedlings from the MS and SD+MS regimes compared with the SD regime. At this time, morphogenesis was completed in all terminal buds of seedlings from the MS regime. Furthermore, 25% to 88% of terminal buds from the SD regimes were endodormant, but none from the MS regime were endodormant. In March, budbreak occurred at the same time in seedlings from the two SD regimes and was earlier than in seedlings from the MS regime; root growth capacity was unaffected by regime. After one growing season, there were no regime differences in seedling survival, root collar diameter, shoot dry weight, root dry weight, length of the current-year leader, or number of needles on the leader.