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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Ekologija ir aplinkotyra / Ecology and environmental sciences (N012)
Author(s): Augustaitis, Algirdas;Kliučius, Almantas;Marozas, Vitas;Pilkauskas, Mantas;Augustaitienė, Ingrida;Vitas, Adomas;Staszewski, Tomasz;Jansons, Aris;Dreimanis, Andrejs
Title: Sensitivity of European beech trees to unfavorable environmental factors on the edge and outside of their distribution range in northeastern Europe
Is part of: iForest : biogeosciences and forestry [elektroninis išteklius]. Potenza : Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, 2016, Vol. 9
Extent: p. 259-269
Date: 2016
Note: IF (2014): 1.269. WOS:000378113900001
Keywords: Paprastasis bukas;Prieaugio indeksas;Ozonas;Rūgštinantys junginiai;European beech;Growth;Tree increment indexes;Ozone;Acidifying compounds;Meteorological parameters
Abstract: European beech is a successful tree species outside its distribution range in northeastern Europe, where Prussian foresters introduced it mainly into Scots pine stands. This forest management practice resulted in new issues related to the sensitivity of European beech to current environmental changes in areas outside its natural range. We hypothesized that recent global environmental changes promoted the northeast migration of European beech outside its distribution range in Europe. To test this hypothesis, dendrochronological analysis of beech tree ring series was performed for eight sites located in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Frost in winter months and heat in June, along with drought in the vegetation period, limited beech tree growth outside its natural distribution range in northeast Europe. Higher air concentration of surface ozone and sulphur deposition level reinforced the negative effect of the detected key meteorological variables on beech growth, while higher air concentrations and deposition of nitrate had a positive effect. These factors explained about 50% of the total variation in increment indexes of beech trees at sites on the northeasren edge of their range. The observed trends of beech growth over the last 25 years has determined favorable conditions for planting this tree species outside its natural range in northeastern European forests
Affiliation(s): Aplinkos tyrimų centras
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Žemės ūkio akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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