Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-190

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Influence of birch on belowground ecosystems in Douglas-fir stands of different ages: Daniel Durall.

Author(s): Durall, Daniel M.
Imprint: Kelowna, B.C. : Okanagan University College, 2003
Subject: Ectomycorrhizae, Betula Papyrifera, Pseudotsuga Menziesii, Soil Ecology, British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

Belowground ecosystems have been poorly studied in world forests. It is necessary to understand this complex portion of the ecosystem, which directly receives up to 50 % of a tree’s fixed carbon. The proposed study will focus on the belowground ecosystem of Douglas-fir forests and how it is affected by paper birch over an 80 year period using a chronosequence approach. The deliverables include: final selection of study sites; layout of sampling plots; identification of vegetation from these plots; installation of root windows on a portion of these plots; training of a graduate student and a thesis proposal. All these deliverables were completed.


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