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Notes: Abrasion of Tree Roots by Rock During Wind Stress

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Repeated rubbing of roots across pitted rock surfaces during periods of high winds abrades the xylem, affecting root form and providing entry courts for decay fungi. Vulnerability is greatest on very shallow soils and those that yield readily, and in locations exposed to high winds. Damage is probably more widespread than literature references indicate. FOREST SCI. 23:333-336.

Keywords: Abies balsamea; Acer saccharum; Fagus grandifolia; Pinus strobus; decay; entry courts; wind damage

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Soils, Dep. Agronomy, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 14853

Publication date: September 1, 1977

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