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Seedling microclimate

Author(s) or contact(s): D.L. Spittlehouse and R.J. Stathers
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Seedling Performance
Series: Land Management Report
Other details:  Published 1990. Hardcopy is available.


The microclimate has a significant influence on the survival and growth of seedlings. Microclimate is affected by macroclimate, site, vegetation and soil factors. The influence of these factors on the light, precipitation, humidity, wind, air temperature, soil moisture and soil temperature regimes of the seedling is explained. Examples of how site preparation can modify microclimate are presented.

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Updated November 27, 2008