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Transpiration of Conifer Seedlings in Relation to Soil Water Potential

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Measurement of the transpiration response of ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, grand fir, and Engelmann spruce seedlings to decreasing soil water potential showed that the transpiration rate of all species began to decline at a soil water potential of -1 to -2 bars, and that the degree of reduction of transpiration rate differed with species. At a soil water potential of -10 bars, the transpiration rate of the pines was only about 12 percent of their maximum rate, while the rate of the firs was 27-37 percent of maximum. The response of the spruce was intermediate. Forest Sci. 20:181-186.

Keywords: Abies grandis; P. contorta; Picea engelmannii; Pinus ponderosa; Pseudotsuga menziesii; soil moisture

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Plant Physiologist, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Wenatchee, Washington

Publication date: June 1, 1974

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    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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