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Comparison of assimilation parameters of coppiced and non-coppiced sessile oaks

Petra Holišová   , Justyna Pietras, Eva Darenová, Katerina Novosadová, Radek Pokorný

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 553-559 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1824-009
Published: Mar 25, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO division 8.02 - Mendel University Brno (Czech Republic) 2015
Coppice forests: past, present and future
Guest Editors: Tomas Vrska, Renzo Motta, Alex Mosseler

Coppice forest is an alternative to high forest mainly aimed at the production of firewood with a short rotation period. A new interest in this silvicultural system has arisen with the demand for renewable energy resources. Exploiting the existing root system of the stump, sprouts are advantaged over plants of seed origin, and this advantage could induce changes at the level of a photosynthetic apparatus, especially in young plants. This paper presents a comparison of the photosynthetic ability of young sprouts, young seedlings and mature trees of sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) growing in a forest stand managed as a coppice-with-standards in the southeast of the Czech Republic. The basic photosynthetic characteristics and transpiration rate at the leaf level were determined using gas-exchange measurement techniques. Data taken in non-limiting conditions were compared with those obtained under limiting soil moisture. The results revealed no differences between the measured parameters of sprouts, seedlings and old trees in non-limiting conditions. Contrastingly, sprouts had the highest photosynthetic capacity and transpiration during drought due to their ability to maintain a higher stomatal conductance as compared with seedlings and old trees. This suggests a better drought tolerance of sprouts compared to seedlings.


Drought, Photosynthesis, Sprouts, Seedlings

Authors’ address

Petra Holišová
Justyna Pietras
Eva Darenová
Katerina Novosadová
Radek Pokorný
Global Change Research Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Belidla 986/4a, CZ-603 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

Corresponding author

Petra Holišová


Holišová P, Pietras J, Darenová E, Novosadová K, Pokorný R (2016). Comparison of assimilation parameters of coppiced and non-coppiced sessile oaks. iForest 9: 553-559. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1824-009

Academic Editor

Tomas Vrska

Paper history

Received: Aug 26, 2015
Accepted: Feb 11, 2016

First online: Mar 25, 2016
Publication Date: Aug 09, 2016
Publication Time: 1.43 months

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