Mycorrhizae promote fire adaptation in oak-hickory forests in Eastern USA

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  • Authors: Stottlemyer, Aaron D.; Wang, G. Geoff; Waldrop, Thomas A.
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Publication Series: Proceedings - Paper (PR-P)
  • Source: In Proceedings of the 17th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e–Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–203. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 2 p.

Abstract

Prescribed fire is commonly used in silvicultural programs designed to promote oak (Quercus spp.) and hickory (Carya spp.) regeneration in eastern deciduous forests (Brose and others 2008). Thick bark, hypogeal germination, large root systems, repeated-prolific sprouting, and the ability to compartmentalize scars are well-known characteristics that enable oaks and hickories to tolerate fire (Burns and Honkala 1990) unlike certain mesophytic competitors including maples (Acer spp.), black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.), and yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.).

  • Citation: Stottlemyer, Aaron D.; Wang, G. Geoff; Waldrop, Thomas A., Wells, Christina E. 2015. Mycorrhizae promote fire adaptation in oak-hickory forests in Eastern USA. In Proceedings of the 17th biennial southern silvicultural research conference. e–Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–203. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 2 p.
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2015
  • Modified Date: February 12, 2015
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