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Nursery fertilization affected field performance and nutrient resorption of Populus tomentosa Carr. ploidy levels

Miaomiao Wang (1-2), Guolei Li (1-2)   , Yong Liu (1-2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 16-23 (2022)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3912-014
Published: Jan 24, 2022 - Copyright © 2022 SISEF

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Nutrient resorption (NuR) is an important nutrient conservative strategy but little information is available about the effect of nursery fertilization on NuR in the field. In this study, diploid and triploid one-year-old plants of Populus tomentosa Carr. were fertilized with 9 g N per plant, and non-fertilized plants as control. Initial functional attributes, i.e., height, diameter, stem mass, mineral nutrients and non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) levels of each tissue, were measured before planting. Field performance (survival, total height, diameter, stem volume and their growth, leaf nutrient status, and NuR) were measured in the field. Compared to control, 9 g N per plant was benefit for plant growth, mineral nutrients and NSC accumulation of diploids, but declined plant size of triploids before planting. While in the field, fertilization effect on plant size was inversed for each ploidy level. Nursery fertilization increased nitrogen resorption efficiency (NRE) of triploids and decreased phosphorus resorption efficiency (PRE) of both ploidy levels. Initial plant size were the most effective parameters predicting field performance and NuR. Furthermore, NRE was multi-elements controlled as indicated by the correlation of N and P in green and senesced leaves, while PRE was only positively correlated with P in green leaves. However, there was no relationship between field growth and NuR. This study deepened our understanding of NuR from the perspective of artificial managements, for instance nursery fertilization.


Nursery Fertilization, Nutrient Resorption, Leaf Nutrient Status, Plant Growth, Initial Functional Attributes, Ploidy Levels

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Miaomiao Wang 0000-0001-5714-6420
Guolei Li 0000-0002-2244-4716
Yong Liu 0000-0002-6958-0205
Key Laboratory for Silviculture and Conservation, Ministry of Education, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083 (China)
Miaomiao Wang 0000-0001-5714-6420
Guolei Li 0000-0002-2244-4716
Yong Liu 0000-0002-6958-0205
National Innovation Alliance of Valuable Deciduous Tree Industry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083 (China)

Corresponding author

Guolei Li


Wang M, Li G, Liu Y (2022). Nursery fertilization affected field performance and nutrient resorption of Populus tomentosa Carr. ploidy levels. iForest 15: 16-23. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3912-014

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Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Jun 24, 2021
Accepted: Nov 17, 2021

First online: Jan 24, 2022
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2022
Publication Time: 2.27 months

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