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Comparative drought sensitivity analysis of young sessile oak and turkey oak trees in Somogy county (Hungary)

Márton Tamás Németh, Orsolya Szabó & Norbert Móricz


Correspondence: Németh Tamás Márton

Postal address: H-9400 Sopron, Paprét 17.

e-mail: nemeth.tamas.marton[at]uni-sopron.hu


This paper analyses the drought induced growth responses of oak trees, sessile oak (Quercus petraea) and Turkey oak (Q. cerris), along a precipitation gradient in Somogy County. 136 tree-ring samples were analysed and dendroecological metrics were also applied to assess the drought sensitivity of the species. Water deficit was estimated by using the soil water budget based water stress index. Results indicated a strong dependency of annual tree ring width on the water availability of current year summer but found different strategies of the two tree species against drought conditions. Turkey oak responded more sensitively to droughts than sessile oak revealed by the significantly lower resistance and higher recovery potential of this species. A linearly proportional increase of growth reduction with rising water stress was found for Turkey oak while the growth response of sessile oak decreased considerably with increasing aridity indicating lower growth plasticity of sessile oak to droughts there. Based on our findings it seems that Turkey oak copes better with droughts than sessile oak and may gain competitive advantages under the projected climate change.

Keywords: sessile oak, Turkey oak, dendrochronology, drought

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    Németh, T. M., Szabó, O. & Móricz, N. (2021): Comparative drought sensitivity analysis of young sessile oak and turkey oak trees in Somogy county (Hungary). Bulletin of Forestry Science, 11(1): 27-40. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2021.008

    Volume 11, Issue 1
    Pages: 27-40

    DOI: 10.17164/EK.2021.008

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    24 November 2021

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