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Note: Effects of Thinning and Nitrogen Fertilization on Sugars and Terpenes in Douglas-Fir Vascular Tissues: Implications for Black Bear Foraging

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The chemical constituents of coniferous vascular tissues play a role in bear forage selection. In particular, bear foraging preferences are related to the concentrations of simple sugars (nonstructural carbohydrates) and terpenes in the forage. Analyses of vascular tissue samples from trees collected in test plots indicated that both thinning and fertilization caused the sugar concentration of vascular tissues in the lower bole to increase. However, these treatments had no effect on the concentrations of hydrocarbon monoterpenes, oxygenated monoterpenes, or sesquiterpenes. These results may explain the observations that black bears prefer to forage in thinned and fertilized stands. For. Sci. 44(4):599-602.

Keywords: Pseudotsuga menziesii; Ursus americanus

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Biometrician at the USDA/APHIS/NWRC, 1716 Heath Parkway, Ft. Collins, CO 80524

Publication date: November 1, 1998

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