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Effect of pruning the parent root on growth of aspen suckersAuthor(s): Ashbel F. Hough
Source: Ecology. 46(3): 370-373.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionVarious portions of the root systems of bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata) suckers were severed, and the subsequent height and radial growth of stems were measured. Aspen vegetative regeneration is heavily dependent on the parent roots for at least 25 years following initial suckering. The distal portion of the parent root contributes more to sucker growth than does the proximal. New roots at the base of suckers contribute little during the first 6 years, then become progressively more important with age, and by 25 years account for about half of annual stem growth.
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CitationHough, Ashbel F. 1965. Effect of pruning the parent root on growth of aspen suckers. Ecology. 46(3): 370-373.
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