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    Author(s): Kenneth W. Krueger; James M. Trappe
    Date: 1967
    Source: Forest Science. 13(2): 192-202.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    Seasonal growth of tops and roots and concomitant trends in food reserves were observed biweekly on Peudotsuga menzisii (Mirb.) Franco seedlings of two seed sources growing in a Pacific Northwest forest nursery. A general pattern of alternating root, diameter, and shoot growth was found. Rapid root growth did not coincide with rapid shoot elongation, but preceded and followed it. Increased root activity was strongly correlated with lowered reducing sugar concentrations in seedling roots of the faster growing source. Sucrose and raft]nose increased markedly during early winter and were apparently converted to starch in spring prior to growth. Concentrations of reducing sugars, crude fat, and protein nitrogen changed little with season. Implications of this information on timing of lifting, storage, and transplanting of seedlings are discussed.

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    Krueger, Kenneth W.; Trappe, James M. 1967. Food reserves and seasonal growth of Douglas-fir seedlings. Forest Science. 13(2): 192-202.

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