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Open Access Morphological variability of Quercus robur L. leaf in Serbia

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This paper presents the results of a study dealing with leaf morphological variability of Quercus robur L. 148 trees were sampled from 5 population across Serbia and 17 morphological traits were assessed. Interpopulation variability was confirmed by the results of the analysis of variance (ANOVA). A statistically significant (p <0.05) effect of population was obtained for most of the studied morphological characters. Intrapopulation variability was confirmed by statistically significant tree effects for all of the studied leaf characters (all p < 0.05). The results of the multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) confirmed a significant population and tree share in the total phenotypic variability (all p <0.05). By applying the canonical discriminant analysis (CDA), the first discriminant function accounted for 63% of the variability between populations and the second accounted for 20% of the population variability. The leaf area (AREA), specific leaf area (SLA) and surface area to perimeter ratio (ARPE) had the greatest effect on population differentiation (CDA). It is assumed that different environmental conditions affect population differentiation and that high intrapopulation variability is due to intraspecific variability. [Project of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Grant no. III 43007]
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Forestry, Belgrade 2: Institute for Biological Research ”S. Stanković", Belgrade 3: Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade 4: Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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