Investigation of epicormic shoot growth of sessile oak in shelterwood cutting stands
Bence Bárdos, László Nahóczki, Dénes Molnár, Norbert Frank, Zoltán Köveskuti & Ádám Folcz
Correspondence: Folcz Ádám
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This paper addresses the epicormic shoot growth of sessile oak (Quercus petraea) in natural regeneration stands which can have a strong effect on potential trunk quality at harvesting; the deterioration of trunk quality can cause significant economic losses for forest managers. During the course of our research, we investigated the epicormic shoot growth of sessile oaks in shelterwood cuttings in different ecological environments. We examined 487 specimens on 10 plots in 3 different Hungarian regions. The collected data were analyzed in relation to site conditions and silvicultural interventions. Our results show that epicormic shoot growth intensity is influenced by crown size and changes in environmental parameters. Accordingly, it is recommendable to make more intensive cuttings in young stands in order to stimulate trees to grow larger crowns. Faster and more careful final cuts are also suggested. By using these principles, trunk quality deterioration caused by epicormic shoot growth can be mitigated.
Keywords: sessile oak, natural regeneration, epicormic shoots, timber quality
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Bárdos, B., Nahóczki, L., Molnár, D., Frank, N., Köveskuti, Z. & Folcz, Á. (2015): Investigation of epicormic shoot growth of sessile oak in shelterwood cutting stands. Bulletin of Forestry Science, 5(1): 71-83. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2015.005
Volume 5, Issue 1
10 October 2015
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