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  1. Vegetative and reproductive phenology of some multipurpose tree species in the homegardens of Barak Valley, northeast India

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    Das, Tapasi; Das, Ashesh Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Traditional homegardens are an important component of the farming systems in many rural communities and have been highlighted considerably due to their sustainability and role in the conservation of biodiversity. However, the functional aspect of the homegardens, which includes the phenological behavior of the dominant tree species in such agroforestry systems, has been undermined till date, and there is a lack of adequate data on this aspect of the traditional homegardens. As a step in this direction the present study was carried out to determine the phenological behavior of important multipurpose trees in the homegardens of the village of Dargakona, Assam, northeast India. The study revealed the dominance of periodic growth deciduous species from a total of 25 tree species selected for phenological observation. The diversity of multipurpose trees in the homegardens is represented by different plant functional types with different phenological behavior which showed significant changes in their responses to inter-annual climatic variations. The diversity of tree species with different phenological behavior has implications for the temporal partitioning of resources, especially during periods of scarcity, thereby resulting in efficient utilization of resources such as water. Also the diverse phenological behavior plays an important role in regulating the food supply for the herbivore population and the year-round availability of products, and such information can be useful in the selection of species for integration into other agroforestry systems which can be sustainable in the long run.

  2. Village agroforestry systems and tree-use practices: A case study in Sri Lanka. Multipurpose tree species network research series

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    Wickramasinghe, A.

    1992-01-01

    Village agroforestry systems in Sri Lanka have evolved through farmers' efforts to meet their survival needs. The paper examines farmers' land-use systems and their perceptions of the role of trees in the villages of Bambarabedda and Madugalla in central Sri Lanka. The benefits of village agroforestry are diverse food, fuelwood, fodder, timber, and mulch, but food products are of outstanding importance. The ability of Artocarpus heterophyllus (the jackfruit tree) and Cocos nucifera (coconut) to ensure food security during the dry season and provide traditional foods throughout the year, as well as to grow in limited space, make them popular crops in the two study villages. The study recommends that further research precede the formulation of agricultural interventions and that efforts to promote improved tree varieties recognize farmers' practices and expressed needs.

  3. Assessing the extent of "conflict of use" in multipurpose tropical forest trees: a regional view.

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    Herrero-Jáuregui, Cristina; Guariguata, Manuel R; Cárdenas, Dairon; Vilanova, Emilio; Robles, Marco; Licona, Juan Carlos; Nalvarte, Walter

    2013-11-30

    In the context of multiple forest management, multipurpose tree species which provide both timber and non-timber forest products (NTFP), present particular challenges as the potential of conflicting use for either product may be high. One key aspect is that the magnitude of conflict of use can be location specific, thus adding complexity to policy development. This paper focuses on the extent to which the potential for conflict of use in multipurpose tree species varies across the Amazonian lowland forests shared by Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, emphasizing the economic dimension of conflict. Based on a review of the current normative and regulatory aspects of timber and NTFP extraction in the five countries, the paper also briefly discusses the opportunities and constraints for harmonization of timber and NTFP management of multipurpose species across the region. It was found that about half of the 336 timber species reviewed across the five countries also have non-timber uses. Eleven timber species are multipurpose in all five countries: Calophyllum brasiliense, Cedrela odorata, Ceiba pentandra, Clarisia racemosa, Ficus insipida, Jacaranda copaia, Schefflera morototoni, Simarouba amara and Terminalia amazonia. Seven other multipurpose species occurred only in either Venezuela (Tabebuia impetiginosa, Spondias mombin, Pentaclethra macroloba, Copaifera officinalis, Chlorophora tinctoria, Carapa guianensis) or Ecuador (Tabebuia chrysantha). Four multipurpose tree species presented the highest potential of conflict of use across the region: Dipteryx odorata, Tabebuia serratifolia, Hymenaea courbaril and Myroxylon balsamum yet these were not evenly distributed across all five countries. None of the five studied countries have specific legislation to promote sustainable use of any of the multipurpose species reported here and thus mitigate potential conflict of use; nor documented management options for integration or else segregation of both their timber and NTFP values. PMID:24061084

  4. De novo assembly and characterization of leaf transcriptome for the development of functional molecular markers of the extremophile multipurpose tree species Prosopis alba

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    2013-01-01

    Background Prosopis alba (Fabaceae) is an important native tree adapted to arid and semiarid regions of north-western Argentina which is of great value as multipurpose species. Despite its importance, the genomic resources currently available for the entire Prosopis genus are still limited. Here we describe the development of a leaf transcriptome and the identification of new molecular markers that could support functional genetic studies in natural and domesticated populations of this genus. Results Next generation DNA pyrosequencing technology applied to P. alba transcripts produced a total of 1,103,231 raw reads with an average length of 421 bp. De novo assembling generated a set of 15,814 isotigs and 71,101 non-assembled sequences (singletons) with an average of 991 bp and 288 bp respectively. A total of 39,000 unique singletons were identified after clustering natural and artificial duplicates from pyrosequencing reads. Regarding the non-redundant sequences or unigenes, 22,095 out of 54,814 were successfully annotated with Gene Ontology terms. Moreover, simple sequence repeats (SSRs) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were searched, resulting in 5,992 and 6,236 markers, respectively, throughout the genome. For the validation of the the predicted SSR markers, a subset of 87 SSRs selected through functional annotation evidence was successfully amplified from six DNA samples of seedlings. From this analysis, 11 of these 87 SSRs were identified as polymorphic. Additionally, another set of 123 nuclear polymorphic SSRs were determined in silico, of which 50% have the probability of being effectively polymorphic. Conclusions This study generated a successful global analysis of the P. alba leaf transcriptome after bioinformatic and wet laboratory validations of RNA-Seq data. The limited set of molecular markers currently available will be significantly increased with the thousands of new markers that were identified in this study. This information will strongly contribute to genomics resources for P. alba functional analysis and genetics. Finally, it will also potentially contribute to the development of population-based genome studies in the genera. PMID:24125525

  5. Species integrity in trees.

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    Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel; Baack, Eric J

    2014-09-01

    From California sequoia, to Australian eucalyptus, to the outstanding diversity of Amazonian forests, trees are fundamental to many processes in ecology and evolution. Trees define the communities that they inhabit, are host to a multiplicity of other organisms and can determine the ecological dynamics of other plants and animals. Trees are also at the heart of major patterns of biodiversity such as the latitudinal gradient of species diversity and thus are important systems for studying the origin of new plant species. Although the role of trees in community assembly and ecological succession is partially understood, the origin of tree diversity remains largely opaque. For instance, the relative importance of differing habitats and phenologies as barriers to hybridization between closely related species is still largely uncharacterized in trees. Consequently, we know very little about the origin of trees species and their integrity. Similarly, studies on the interplay between speciation and tree community assembly are in their infancy and so are studies on how processes like forest maturation modifies the context in which reproductive isolation evolves. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Lindtke et al. (2014) and Lagache et al. (2014) overcome some traditional difficulties in studying mating systems and sexual isolation in the iconic oaks and poplars, providing novel insights about the integrity of tree species and on how ecology leads to variation in selection on reproductive isolation over time and space. PMID:25155715

  6. Breeding status of tung tree (Vernicia sp.) in China, a multipurpose oilseed crop with industrial uses

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    As a developing country with the world’s largest population, China faces a serious challenge in satisfying its continuously increasing energy demands. Tung trees (Vernicia sp., especially V. fordii and V. montana), are multipurpose, perennial plants belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. The unique ...

  7. The inference of gene trees with species trees.

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    Szöllősi, Gergely J; Tannier, Eric; Daubin, Vincent; Boussau, Bastien

    2015-01-01

    This article reviews the various models that have been used to describe the relationships between gene trees and species trees. Molecular phylogeny has focused mainly on improving models for the reconstruction of gene trees based on sequence alignments. Yet, most phylogeneticists seek to reveal the history of species. Although the histories of genes and species are tightly linked, they are seldom identical, because genes duplicate, are lost or horizontally transferred, and because alleles can coexist in populations for periods that may span several speciation events. Building models describing the relationship between gene and species trees can thus improve the reconstruction of gene trees when a species tree is known, and vice versa. Several approaches have been proposed to solve the problem in one direction or the other, but in general neither gene trees nor species trees are known. Only a few studies have attempted to jointly infer gene trees and species trees. These models account for gene duplication and loss, transfer or incomplete lineage sorting. Some of them consider several types of events together, but none exists currently that considers the full repertoire of processes that generate gene trees along the species tree. Simulations as well as empirical studies on genomic data show that combining gene tree-species tree models with models of sequence evolution improves gene tree reconstruction. In turn, these better gene trees provide a more reliable basis for studying genome evolution or reconstructing ancestral chromosomes and ancestral gene sequences. We predict that gene tree-species tree methods that can deal with genomic data sets will be instrumental to advancing our understanding of genomic evolution. PMID:25070970

  8. The Inference of Gene Trees with Species Trees

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    Szöllősi, Gergely J.; Tannier, Eric; Daubin, Vincent; Boussau, Bastien

    2015-01-01

    This article reviews the various models that have been used to describe the relationships between gene trees and species trees. Molecular phylogeny has focused mainly on improving models for the reconstruction of gene trees based on sequence alignments. Yet, most phylogeneticists seek to reveal the history of species. Although the histories of genes and species are tightly linked, they are seldom identical, because genes duplicate, are lost or horizontally transferred, and because alleles can coexist in populations for periods that may span several speciation events. Building models describing the relationship between gene and species trees can thus improve the reconstruction of gene trees when a species tree is known, and vice versa. Several approaches have been proposed to solve the problem in one direction or the other, but in general neither gene trees nor species trees are known. Only a few studies have attempted to jointly infer gene trees and species trees. These models account for gene duplication and loss, transfer or incomplete lineage sorting. Some of them consider several types of events together, but none exists currently that considers the full repertoire of processes that generate gene trees along the species tree. Simulations as well as empirical studies on genomic data show that combining gene tree–species tree models with models of sequence evolution improves gene tree reconstruction. In turn, these better gene trees provide a more reliable basis for studying genome evolution or reconstructing ancestral chromosomes and ancestral gene sequences. We predict that gene tree–species tree methods that can deal with genomic data sets will be instrumental to advancing our understanding of genomic evolution. PMID:25070970

  9. Coalescent Histories for Lodgepole Species Trees.

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    Disanto, Filippo; Rosenberg, Noah A

    2015-10-01

    Coalescent histories are combinatorial structures that describe for a given gene tree and species tree the possible lists of branches of the species tree on which the gene tree coalescences take place. Properties of the number of coalescent histories for gene trees and species trees affect a variety of probabilistic calculations in mathematical phylogenetics. Exact and asymptotic evaluations of the number of coalescent histories, however, are known only in a limited number of cases. Here we introduce a particular family of species trees, the lodgepole species trees (?n)n ? 0, in which tree ?n has m = 2n+1 taxa. We determine the number of coalescent histories for the lodgepole species trees, in the case that the gene tree matches the species tree, showing that this number grows with m!! in the number of taxa m. This computation demonstrates the existence of tree families in which the growth in the number of coalescent histories is faster than exponential. Further, it provides a substantial improvement on the lower bound for the ratio of the largest number of matching coalescent histories to the smallest number of matching coalescent histories for trees with m taxa, increasing a previous bound of [Formula: see text] to [Formula: see text]. We discuss the implications of our enumerative results for phylogenetic computations. PMID:25973633

  10. Exact solutions for species tree inference from discordant gene trees.

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    Chang, Wen-Chieh; Górecki, Paweł; Eulenstein, Oliver

    2013-10-01

    Phylogenetic analysis has to overcome the grant challenge of inferring accurate species trees from evolutionary histories of gene families (gene trees) that are discordant with the species tree along whose branches they have evolved. Two well studied approaches to cope with this challenge are to solve either biologically informed gene tree parsimony (GTP) problems under gene duplication, gene loss, and deep coalescence, or the classic RF supertree problem that does not rely on any biological model. Despite the potential of these problems to infer credible species trees, they are NP-hard. Therefore, these problems are addressed by heuristics that typically lack any provable accuracy and precision. We describe fast dynamic programming algorithms that solve the GTP problems and the RF supertree problem exactly, and demonstrate that our algorithms can solve instances with data sets consisting of as many as 22 taxa. Extensions of our algorithms can also report the number of all optimal species trees, as well as the trees themselves. To better asses the quality of the resulting species trees that best fit the given gene trees, we also compute the worst case species trees, their numbers, and optimization score for each of the computational problems. Finally, we demonstrate the performance of our exact algorithms using empirical and simulated data sets, and analyze the quality of heuristic solutions for the studied problems by contrasting them with our exact solutions. PMID:24131054

  11. Tree-growth analyses to estimate tree species' drought tolerance.

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    Eilmann, Britta; Rigling, Andreas

    2012-02-01

    Climate change is challenging forestry management and practices. Among other things, tree species with the ability to cope with more extreme climate conditions have to be identified. However, while environmental factors may severely limit tree growth or even cause tree death, assessing a tree species' potential for surviving future aggravated environmental conditions is rather demanding. The aim of this study was to find a tree-ring-based method suitable for identifying very drought-tolerant species, particularly potential substitute species for Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in Valais. In this inner-Alpine valley, Scots pine used to be the dominating species for dry forests, but today it suffers from high drought-induced mortality. We investigate the growth response of two native tree species, Scots pine and European larch (Larix decidua Mill.), and two non-native species, black pine (Pinus nigra Arnold) and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii Mirb. var. menziesii), to drought. This involved analysing how the radial increment of these species responded to increasing water shortage (abandonment of irrigation) and to increasingly frequent drought years. Black pine and Douglas fir are able to cope with drought better than Scots pine and larch, as they show relatively high radial growth even after irrigation has been stopped and a plastic growth response to drought years. European larch does not seem to be able to cope with these dry conditions as it lacks the ability to recover from drought years. The analysis of trees' short-term response to extreme climate events seems to be the most promising and suitable method for detecting how tolerant a tree species is towards drought. However, combining all the methods used in this study provides a complete picture of how water shortage could limit species. PMID:22363071

  12. Multipurpose Dissociation Cell for Enhanced ETD of Intact Protein Species

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    Rose, Christopher M.; Russell, Jason D.; Ledvina, Aaron R.; McAlister, Graeme C.; Westphall, Michael S.; Griep-Raming, Jens; Schwartz, Jae C.; Coon, Joshua J.; Syka, John E. P.

    2013-06-01

    We describe and characterize an improved implementation of ETD on a modified hybrid linear ion trap-Orbitrap instrument. Instead of performing ETD in the mass-analyzing quadrupole linear ion trap (A-QLT), the instrument collision cell was modified to enable ETD. We partitioned the collision cell into a multi-section rf ion storage and transfer device to enable injection and simultaneous separate storage of precursor and reagent ions. Application of a secondary (axial) confinement voltage to the cell end lens electrodes enables charge-sign independent trapping for ion-ion reactions. The approximately 2-fold higher quadrupole field frequency of this cell relative to that of the A-QLT enables higher reagent ion densities and correspondingly faster ETD reactions, and, with the collision cell's longer axial dimensions, larger populations of precursor ions may be reacted. The higher ion capacity of the collision cell permits the accumulation and reaction of multiple full loads of precursor ions from the A-QLT followed by FT Orbitrap m/z analysis of the ETD product ions. This extends the intra-scan dynamic range by increasing the maximum number of product ions in a single MS/MS event. For analyses of large peptide/small protein precursor cations, this reduces or eliminates the need for spectral averaging to achieve acceptable ETD product ion signal-to-noise levels. Using larger ion populations, we demonstrate improvements in protein sequence coverage and aggregate protein identifications in LC-MS/MS analysis of intact protein species as compared to the standard ETD implementation.

  13. Species Tree Inference Using a Mixture Model.

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    Ullah, Ikram; Parviainen, Pekka; Lagergren, Jens

    2015-09-01

    Species tree reconstruction has been a subject of substantial research due to its central role across biology and medicine. A species tree is often reconstructed using a set of gene trees or by directly using sequence data. In either of these cases, one of the main confounding phenomena is the discordance between a species tree and a gene tree due to evolutionary events such as duplications and losses. Probabilistic methods can resolve the discordance by coestimating gene trees and the species tree but this approach poses a scalability problem for larger data sets. We present MixTreEM-DLRS: A two-phase approach for reconstructing a species tree in the presence of gene duplications and losses. In the first phase, MixTreEM, a novel structural expectation maximization algorithm based on a mixture model is used to reconstruct a set of candidate species trees, given sequence data for monocopy gene families from the genomes under study. In the second phase, PrIME-DLRS, a method based on the DLRS model (Åkerborg O, Sennblad B, Arvestad L, Lagergren J. 2009. Simultaneous Bayesian gene tree reconstruction and reconciliation analysis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106(14):5714-5719), is used for selecting the best species tree. PrIME-DLRS can handle multicopy gene families since DLRS, apart from modeling sequence evolution, models gene duplication and loss using a gene evolution model (Arvestad L, Lagergren J, Sennblad B. 2009. The gene evolution model and computing its associated probabilities. J ACM. 56(2):1-44). We evaluate MixTreEM-DLRS using synthetic and biological data, and compare its performance with a recent genome-scale species tree reconstruction method PHYLDOG (Boussau B, Szöllősi GJ, Duret L, Gouy M, Tannier E, Daubin V. 2013. Genome-scale coestimation of species and gene trees. Genome Res. 23(2):323-330) as well as with a fast parsimony-based algorithm Duptree (Wehe A, Bansal MS, Burleigh JG, Eulenstein O. 2008. Duptree: a program for large-scale phylogenetic analyses using gene tree parsimony. Bioinformatics 24(13):1540-1541). Our method is competitive with PHYLDOG in terms of accuracy and runs significantly faster and our method outperforms Duptree in accuracy. The analysis constituted by MixTreEM without DLRS may also be used for selecting the target species tree, yielding a fast and yet accurate algorithm for larger data sets. MixTreEM is freely available at http://prime.scilifelab.se/mixtreem/. PMID:25963975

  14. ASTRID: Accurate Species TRees from Internode Distances

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    2015-01-01

    Background Incomplete lineage sorting (ILS), modelled by the multi-species coalescent (MSC), is known to create discordance between gene trees and species trees, and lead to inaccurate species tree estimations unless appropriate methods are used to estimate the species tree. While many statistically consistent methods have been developed to estimate the species tree in the presence of ILS, only ASTRAL-2 and NJst have been shown to have good accuracy on large datasets. Yet, NJst is generally slower and less accurate than ASTRAL-2, and cannot run on some datasets. Results We have redesigned NJst to enable it to run on all datasets, and we have expanded its design space so that it can be used with different distance-based tree estimation methods. The resultant method, ASTRID, is statistically consistent under the MSC model, and has accuracy that is competitive with ASTRAL-2. Furthermore, ASTRID is much faster than ASTRAL-2, completing in minutes on some datasets for which ASTRAL-2 used hours. Conclusions ASTRID is a new coalescent-based method for species tree estimation that is competitive with the best current method in terms of accuracy, while being much faster. ASTRID is available in open source form on github. PMID:26449326

  15. Pushing the Pace of Tree Species Migration

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    Lazarus, Eli D.; McGill, Brian J.

    2014-01-01

    Plants and animals have responded to past climate changes by migrating with habitable environments, sometimes shifting the boundaries of their geographic ranges by tens of kilometers per year or more. Species migrating in response to present climate conditions, however, must contend with landscapes fragmented by anthropogenic disturbance. We consider this problem in the context of wind-dispersed tree species. Mechanisms of long-distance seed dispersal make these species capable of rapid migration rates. Models of species-front migration suggest that even tree species with the capacity for long-distance dispersal will be unable to keep pace with future spatial changes in temperature gradients, exclusive of habitat fragmentation effects. Here we present a numerical model that captures the salient dynamics of migration by long-distance dispersal for a generic tree species. We then use the model to explore the possible effects of assisted colonization within a fragmented landscape under a simulated tree-planting scheme. Our results suggest that an assisted-colonization program could accelerate species-front migration rates enough to match the speed of climate change, but such a program would involve an environmental-sustainability intervention at a massive scale. PMID:25162663

  16. Pushing the pace of tree species migration.

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    Lazarus, Eli D; McGill, Brian J

    2014-01-01

    Plants and animals have responded to past climate changes by migrating with habitable environments, sometimes shifting the boundaries of their geographic ranges by tens of kilometers per year or more. Species migrating in response to present climate conditions, however, must contend with landscapes fragmented by anthropogenic disturbance. We consider this problem in the context of wind-dispersed tree species. Mechanisms of long-distance seed dispersal make these species capable of rapid migration rates. Models of species-front migration suggest that even tree species with the capacity for long-distance dispersal will be unable to keep pace with future spatial changes in temperature gradients, exclusive of habitat fragmentation effects. Here we present a numerical model that captures the salient dynamics of migration by long-distance dispersal for a generic tree species. We then use the model to explore the possible effects of assisted colonization within a fragmented landscape under a simulated tree-planting scheme. Our results suggest that an assisted-colonization program could accelerate species-front migration rates enough to match the speed of climate change, but such a program would involve an environmental-sustainability intervention at a massive scale. PMID:25162663

  17. Region effects influence local tree species diversity.

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    Ricklefs, Robert E; He, Fangliang

    2016-01-19

    Global patterns of biodiversity reflect both regional and local processes, but the relative importance of local ecological limits to species coexistence, as influenced by the physical environment, in contrast to regional processes including species production, dispersal, and extinction, is poorly understood. Failure to distinguish regional influences from local effects has been due, in part, to sampling limitations at small scales, environmental heterogeneity within local or regional samples, and incomplete geographic sampling of species. Here, we use a global dataset comprising 47 forest plots to demonstrate significant region effects on diversity, beyond the influence of local climate, which together explain more than 92% of the global variation in local forest tree species richness. Significant region effects imply that large-scale processes shaping the regional diversity of forest trees exert influence down to the local scale, where they interact with local processes to determine the number of coexisting species. PMID:26733680

  18. Profiling glucosinolates and phenolics in vegetative and reproductive tissues of the multi-purpose trees Moringa oleifera L. (horseradish tree) and Moringa stenopetala L.

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    Bennett, Richard N; Mellon, Fred A; Foidl, Nikolaus; Pratt, John H; Dupont, M Susan; Perkins, Lionel; Kroon, Paul A

    2003-06-01

    Moringa species are important multi-purpose tropical crops, as human foods and for medicine and oil production. There has been no previous comprehensive analysis of the secondary metabolites in Moringa species. Tissues of M. oleifera from a wide variety of sources and M. stenopetala from a single source were analyzed for glucosinolates and phenolics (flavonoids, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and cinnamates). M. oleifera and M. stenopetala seeds only contained 4-(alpha-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzylglucosinolate at high concentrations. Roots of M. oleifera and M. stenopetala had high concentrations of both 4-(alpha-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzylglucosinolate and benzyl glucosinolate. Leaves from both species contained 4-(alpha-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzylglucosinolate and three monoacetyl isomers of this glucosinolate. Only 4-(alpha-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzylglucosinolate was detected in M. oleifera bark tissue. M. oleifera leaves contained quercetin-3-O-glucoside and quercetin-3-O-(6' '-malonyl-glucoside), and lower amounts of kaempferol-3-O-glucoside and kaempferol-3-O-(6' '-malonyl-glucoside). M. oleifera leaves also contained 3-caffeoylquinic acid and 5-caffeoylquinic acid. Leaves of M. stenopetala contained quercetin 3-O-rhamnoglucoside (rutin) and 5-caffeoylquinic acid. Neither proanthocyanidins nor anthocyanins were detected in any of the tissues of either species. PMID:12769522

  19. Liana competition with tropical trees varies seasonally but not with tree species identity.

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    Leonor, Alvarez-Cansino; Schnitzer, Stefan A; Reid, Joseph P; Powers, Jennifer S

    2015-01-01

    Lianas in tropical forests compete intensely with trees for above- and belowground resources and limit tree growth and regeneration. Liana competition with adult canopy trees may be particularly strong, and, if lianas compete more intensely with some tree species than others, they may influence tree species composition. We performed the first systematic, large-scale liana removal experiment to assess the competitive effects of lianas on multiple tropical tree species by measuring sap velocity and growth in a lowland tropical forest in Panama. Tree sap velocity increased 60% soon after liana removal compared to control trees, and tree diameter growth increased 25% after one year. Although tree species varied in their response to lianas, this variation was not significant, suggesting that lianas competed similarly with all tree species examined. The effect of lianas on tree sap velocity was particularly strong during the dry season, when soil moisture was low, suggesting that lianas compete intensely with trees for water. Under the predicted global change scenario of increased temperature and drought intensity, competition from lianas may become more prevalent in seasonal tropical forests, which, according to our data, should have a negative effect on most tropical tree species. PMID:26236888

  20. ASTRAL: genome-scale coalescent-based species tree estimation

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    Mirarab, S.; Reaz, R.; Bayzid, Md. S.; Zimmermann, T.; Swenson, M. S.; Warnow, T.

    2014-01-01

    Motivation: Species trees provide insight into basic biology, including the mechanisms of evolution and how it modifies biomolecular function and structure, biodiversity and co-evolution between genes and species. Yet, gene trees often differ from species trees, creating challenges to species tree estimation. One of the most frequent causes for conflicting topologies between gene trees and species trees is incomplete lineage sorting (ILS), which is modelled by the multi-species coalescent. While many methods have been developed to estimate species trees from multiple genes, some which have statistical guarantees under the multi-species coalescent model, existing methods are too computationally intensive for use with genome-scale analyses or have been shown to have poor accuracy under some realistic conditions. Results: We present ASTRAL, a fast method for estimating species trees from multiple genes. ASTRAL is statistically consistent, can run on datasets with thousands of genes and has outstanding accuracy—improving on MP-EST and the population tree from BUCKy, two statistically consistent leading coalescent-based methods. ASTRAL is often more accurate than concatenation using maximum likelihood, except when ILS levels are low or there are too few gene trees. Availability and implementation: ASTRAL is available in open source form at https://github.com/smirarab/ASTRAL/. Datasets studied in this article are available at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/phylo/datasets/astral. Contact: warnow@illinois.edu Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:25161245

  1. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species

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    Slik, J. W. Ferry; Arroyo-Rodríguez, Víctor; Aiba, Shin-Ichiro; Alvarez-Loayza, Patricia; Alves, Luciana F.; Ashton, Peter; Balvanera, Patricia; Bastian, Meredith L.; Bellingham, Peter J.; van den Berg, Eduardo; Bernacci, Luis; da Conceição Bispo, Polyanna; Blanc, Lilian; Böhning-Gaese, Katrin; Boeckx, Pascal; Bongers, Frans; Boyle, Brad; Bradford, Matt; Brearley, Francis Q.; Breuer-Ndoundou Hockemba, Mireille; Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh; Calderado Leal Matos, Darley; Castillo-Santiago, Miguel; Catharino, Eduardo L. M.; Chai, Shauna-Lee; Chen, Yukai; Colwell, Robert K.; Chazdon, Robin L.; Clark, Connie; Clark, David B.; Clark, Deborah A.; Culmsee, Heike; Damas, Kipiro; Dattaraja, Handanakere S.; Dauby, Gilles; Davidar, Priya; DeWalt, Saara J.; Doucet, Jean-Louis; Duque, Alvaro; Durigan, Giselda; Eichhorn, Karl A. O.; Eisenlohr, Pedro V.; Eler, Eduardo; Ewango, Corneille; Farwig, Nina; Feeley, Kenneth J.; Ferreira, Leandro; Field, Richard; de Oliveira Filho, Ary T.; Fletcher, Christine; Forshed, Olle; Franco, Geraldo; Fredriksson, Gabriella; Gillespie, Thomas; Gillet, Jean-François; Amarnath, Giriraj; Griffith, Daniel M.; Grogan, James; Gunatilleke, Nimal; Harris, David; Harrison, Rhett; Hector, Andy; Homeier, Jürgen; Imai, Nobuo; Itoh, Akira; Jansen, Patrick A.; Joly, Carlos A.; de Jong, Bernardus H. J.; Kartawinata, Kuswata; Kearsley, Elizabeth; Kelly, Daniel L.; Kenfack, David; Kessler, Michael; Kitayama, Kanehiro; Kooyman, Robert; Larney, Eileen; Laumonier, Yves; Laurance, Susan; Laurance, William F.; Lawes, Michael J.; do Amaral, Ieda Leao; Letcher, Susan G.; Lindsell, Jeremy; Lu, Xinghui; Mansor, Asyraf; Marjokorpi, Antti; Martin, Emanuel H.; Meilby, Henrik; Melo, Felipe P. L.; Metcalfe, Daniel J.; Medjibe, Vincent P.; Metzger, Jean Paul; Millet, Jerome; Mohandass, D.; Montero, Juan C.; de Morisson Valeriano, Márcio; Mugerwa, Badru; Nagamasu, Hidetoshi; Nilus, Reuben; Ochoa-Gaona, Susana; Onrizal; Page, Navendu; Parolin, Pia; Parren, Marc; Parthasarathy, Narayanaswamy; Paudel, Ekananda; Permana, Andrea; Piedade, Maria T. F.; Pitman, Nigel C. A.; Poorter, Lourens; Poulsen, Axel D.; Poulsen, John; Powers, Jennifer; Prasad, Rama C.; Puyravaud, Jean-Philippe; Razafimahaimodison, Jean-Claude; Reitsma, Jan; dos Santos, João Roberto; Roberto Spironello, Wilson; Romero-Saltos, Hugo; Rovero, Francesco; Rozak, Andes Hamuraby; Ruokolainen, Kalle; Rutishauser, Ervan; Saiter, Felipe; Saner, Philippe; Santos, Braulio A.; Santos, Fernanda; Sarker, Swapan K.; Satdichanh, Manichanh; Schmitt, Christine B.; Schöngart, Jochen; Schulze, Mark; Suganuma, Marcio S.; Sheil, Douglas; da Silva Pinheiro, Eduardo; Sist, Plinio; Stevart, Tariq; Sukumar, Raman; Sun, I.-Fang; Sunderland, Terry; Suresh, H. S.; Suzuki, Eizi; Tabarelli, Marcelo; Tang, Jangwei; Targhetta, Natália; Theilade, Ida; Thomas, Duncan W.; Tchouto, Peguy; Hurtado, Johanna; Valencia, Renato; van Valkenburg, Johan L. C. H.; Van Do, Tran; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Verbeeck, Hans; Adekunle, Victor; Vieira, Simone A.; Webb, Campbell O.; Whitfeld, Timothy; Wich, Serge A.; Williams, John; Wittmann, Florian; Wöll, Hannsjoerg; Yang, Xiaobo; Adou Yao, C. Yves; Yap, Sandra L.; Yoneda, Tsuyoshi; Zahawi, Rakan A.; Zakaria, Rahmad; Zang, Runguo; de Assis, Rafael L.; Garcia Luize, Bruno; Venticinque, Eduardo M.

    2015-01-01

    The high species richness of tropical forests has long been recognized, yet there remains substantial uncertainty regarding the actual number of tropical tree species. Using a pantropical tree inventory database from closed canopy forests, consisting of 657,630 trees belonging to 11,371 species, we use a fitted value of Fisher’s alpha and an approximate pantropical stem total to estimate the minimum number of tropical forest tree species to fall between ∼40,000 and ∼53,000, i.e., at the high end of previous estimates. Contrary to common assumption, the Indo-Pacific region was found to be as species-rich as the Neotropics, with both regions having a minimum of ∼19,000–25,000 tree species. Continental Africa is relatively depauperate with a minimum of ∼4,500–6,000 tree species. Very few species are shared among the African, American, and the Indo-Pacific regions. We provide a methodological framework for estimating species richness in trees that may help refine species richness estimates of tree-dependent taxa. PMID:26034279

  2. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species.

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    Slik, J W Ferry; Arroyo-Rodríguez, Víctor; Aiba, Shin-Ichiro; Alvarez-Loayza, Patricia; Alves, Luciana F; Ashton, Peter; Balvanera, Patricia; Bastian, Meredith L; Bellingham, Peter J; van den Berg, Eduardo; Bernacci, Luis; da Conceição Bispo, Polyanna; Blanc, Lilian; Böhning-Gaese, Katrin; Boeckx, Pascal; Bongers, Frans; Boyle, Brad; Bradford, Matt; Brearley, Francis Q; Breuer-Ndoundou Hockemba, Mireille; Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh; Calderado Leal Matos, Darley; Castillo-Santiago, Miguel; Catharino, Eduardo L M; Chai, Shauna-Lee; Chen, Yukai; Colwell, Robert K; Chazdon, Robin L; Robin, Chazdon L; Clark, Connie; Clark, David B; Clark, Deborah A; Culmsee, Heike; Damas, Kipiro; Dattaraja, Handanakere S; Dauby, Gilles; Davidar, Priya; DeWalt, Saara J; Doucet, Jean-Louis; Duque, Alvaro; Durigan, Giselda; Eichhorn, Karl A O; Eisenlohr, Pedro V; Eler, Eduardo; Ewango, Corneille; Farwig, Nina; Feeley, Kenneth J; Ferreira, Leandro; Field, Richard; de Oliveira Filho, Ary T; Fletcher, Christine; Forshed, Olle; Franco, Geraldo; Fredriksson, Gabriella; Gillespie, Thomas; Gillet, Jean-François; Amarnath, Giriraj; Griffith, Daniel M; Grogan, James; Gunatilleke, Nimal; Harris, David; Harrison, Rhett; Hector, Andy; Homeier, Jürgen; Imai, Nobuo; Itoh, Akira; Jansen, Patrick A; Joly, Carlos A; de Jong, Bernardus H J; Kartawinata, Kuswata; Kearsley, Elizabeth; Kelly, Daniel L; Kenfack, David; Kessler, Michael; Kitayama, Kanehiro; Kooyman, Robert; Larney, Eileen; Laumonier, Yves; Laurance, Susan; Laurance, William F; Lawes, Michael J; Amaral, Ieda Leao do; Letcher, Susan G; Lindsell, Jeremy; Lu, Xinghui; Mansor, Asyraf; Marjokorpi, Antti; Martin, Emanuel H; Meilby, Henrik; Melo, Felipe P L; Metcalfe, Daniel J; Medjibe, Vincent P; Metzger, Jean Paul; Millet, Jerome; Mohandass, D; Montero, Juan C; de Morisson Valeriano, Márcio; Mugerwa, Badru; Nagamasu, Hidetoshi; Nilus, Reuben; Ochoa-Gaona, Susana; Onrizal; Page, Navendu; Parolin, Pia; Parren, Marc; Parthasarathy, Narayanaswamy; Paudel, Ekananda; Permana, Andrea; Piedade, Maria T F; Pitman, Nigel C A; Poorter, Lourens; Poulsen, Axel D; Poulsen, John; Powers, Jennifer; Prasad, Rama C; Puyravaud, Jean-Philippe; Razafimahaimodison, Jean-Claude; Reitsma, Jan; Dos Santos, João Roberto; Roberto Spironello, Wilson; Romero-Saltos, Hugo; Rovero, Francesco; Rozak, Andes Hamuraby; Ruokolainen, Kalle; Rutishauser, Ervan; Saiter, Felipe; Saner, Philippe; Santos, Braulio A; Santos, Fernanda; Sarker, Swapan K; Satdichanh, Manichanh; Schmitt, Christine B; Schöngart, Jochen; Schulze, Mark; Suganuma, Marcio S; Sheil, Douglas; da Silva Pinheiro, Eduardo; Sist, Plinio; Stevart, Tariq; Sukumar, Raman; Sun, I-Fang; Sunderland, Terry; Sunderand, Terry; Suresh, H S; Suzuki, Eizi; Tabarelli, Marcelo; Tang, Jangwei; Targhetta, Natália; Theilade, Ida; Thomas, Duncan W; Tchouto, Peguy; Hurtado, Johanna; Valencia, Renato; van Valkenburg, Johan L C H; Van Do, Tran; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Verbeeck, Hans; Adekunle, Victor; Vieira, Simone A; Webb, Campbell O; Whitfeld, Timothy; Wich, Serge A; Williams, John; Wittmann, Florian; Wöll, Hannsjoerg; Yang, Xiaobo; Adou Yao, C Yves; Yap, Sandra L; Yoneda, Tsuyoshi; Zahawi, Rakan A; Zakaria, Rahmad; Zang, Runguo; de Assis, Rafael L; Garcia Luize, Bruno; Venticinque, Eduardo M

    2015-06-16

    The high species richness of tropical forests has long been recognized, yet there remains substantial uncertainty regarding the actual number of tropical tree species. Using a pantropical tree inventory database from closed canopy forests, consisting of 657,630 trees belonging to 11,371 species, we use a fitted value of Fisher's alpha and an approximate pantropical stem total to estimate the minimum number of tropical forest tree species to fall between ∼ 40,000 and ∼ 53,000, i.e., at the high end of previous estimates. Contrary to common assumption, the Indo-Pacific region was found to be as species-rich as the Neotropics, with both regions having a minimum of ∼ 19,000-25,000 tree species. Continental Africa is relatively depauperate with a minimum of ∼ 4,500-6,000 tree species. Very few species are shared among the African, American, and the Indo-Pacific regions. We provide a methodological framework for estimating species richness in trees that may help refine species richness estimates of tree-dependent taxa. PMID:26034279

  3. Genome-scale coestimation of species and gene trees

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    Boussau, Bastien; Szöllősi, Gergely J.; Duret, Laurent; Gouy, Manolo; Tannier, Eric; Daubin, Vincent

    2013-01-01

    Comparisons of gene trees and species trees are key to understanding major processes of genome evolution such as gene duplication and loss. Because current methods to reconstruct phylogenies fail to model the two-way dependency between gene trees and the species tree, they often misrepresent gene and species histories. We present a new probabilistic model to jointly infer rooted species and gene trees for dozens of genomes and thousands of gene families. We use simulations to show that this method accurately infers the species tree and gene trees, is robust to misspecification of the models of sequence and gene family evolution, and provides a precise historic record of gene duplications and losses throughout genome evolution. We simultaneously reconstruct the history of mammalian species and their genes based on 36 completely sequenced genomes, and use the reconstructed gene trees to infer the gene content and organization of ancestral mammalian genomes. We show that our method yields a more accurate picture of ancestral genomes than the trees available in the authoritative database Ensembl. PMID:23132911

  4. Multipurpose Spaces.

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    Butin, Dan

    This paper examines the emerging trend of multipurpose class spaces, including educational trends influencing multipurpose classroom use, and key issues when using these spaces. Issues discussed include room location, technology integration, food services, acoustics, lighting, outdoor space, capacity, and storage. Design principles emphasized

  5. Inferring species trees directly from biallelic genetic markers: bypassing gene trees in a full coalescent analysis.

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    Bryant, David; Bouckaert, Remco; Felsenstein, Joseph; Rosenberg, Noah A; RoyChoudhury, Arindam

    2012-08-01

    The multispecies coalescent provides an elegant theoretical framework for estimating species trees and species demographics from genetic markers. However, practical applications of the multispecies coalescent model are limited by the need to integrate or sample over all gene trees possible for each genetic marker. Here we describe a polynomial-time algorithm that computes the likelihood of a species tree directly from the markers under a finite-sites model of mutation effectively integrating over all possible gene trees. The method applies to independent (unlinked) biallelic markers such as well-spaced single nucleotide polymorphisms, and we have implemented it in SNAPP, a Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler for inferring species trees, divergence dates, and population sizes. We report results from simulation experiments and from an analysis of 1997 amplified fragment length polymorphism loci in 69 individuals sampled from six species of Ourisia (New Zealand native foxglove). PMID:22422763

  6. Inferring Species Trees Directly from Biallelic Genetic Markers: Bypassing Gene Trees in a Full Coalescent Analysis

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    Bryant, David; Bouckaert, Remco; Felsenstein, Joseph; Rosenberg, Noah A.; RoyChoudhury, Arindam

    2012-01-01

    The multispecies coalescent provides an elegant theoretical framework for estimating species trees and species demographics from genetic markers. However, practical applications of the multispecies coalescent model are limited by the need to integrate or sample over all gene trees possible for each genetic marker. Here we describe a polynomial-time algorithm that computes the likelihood of a species tree directly from the markers under a finite-sites model of mutation effectively integrating over all possible gene trees. The method applies to independent (unlinked) biallelic markers such as well-spaced single nucleotide polymorphisms, and we have implemented it in SNAPP, a Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler for inferring species trees, divergence dates, and population sizes. We report results from simulation experiments and from an analysis of 1997 amplified fragment length polymorphism loci in 69 individuals sampled from six species of Ourisia (New Zealand native foxglove). PMID:22422763

  7. Inferring optimal species trees under gene duplication and loss.

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    Bayzid, M S; Mirarab, S; Warnow, T

    2013-01-01

    Species tree estimation from multiple markers is complicated by the fact that gene trees can differ from each other (and from the true species tree) due to several biological processes, one of which is gene duplication and loss. Local search heuristics for two NP-hard optimization problems - minimize gene duplications (MGD) and minimize gene duplications and losses (MGDL) - are popular techniques for estimating species trees in the presence of gene duplication and loss. In this paper, we present an alternative approach to solving MGD and MGDL from rooted gene trees. First, we characterize each tree in terms of its "subtree-bipartitions" (a concept we introduce). Then we show that the MGD species tree is defined by a maximum weight clique in a vertex-weighted graph that can be computed from the subtree-bipartitions of the input gene trees, and the MGDL species tree is defined by a minimum weight clique in a similarly constructed graph. We also show that these optimal cliques can be found in polynomial time in the number of vertices of the graph using a dynamic programming algorithm (similar to that of Hallett and Lagergren(1)), because of the special structure of the graphs. Finally, we show that a constrained version of these problems, where the subtree-bipartitions of the species tree are drawn from the subtree-bipartitions of the input gene trees, can be solved in time that is polynomial in the number of gene trees and taxa. We have implemented our dynamic programming algorithm in a publicly available software tool, available at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/phylo/software/dynadup/. PMID:23424130

  8. Factors affecting the concordance between orthologous gene trees and species tree in bacteria

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    2008-01-01

    Background As originally defined, orthologous genes implied a reflection of the history of the species. In recent years, many studies have examined the concordance between orthologous gene trees and species trees in bacteria. These studies have produced contradictory results that may have been influenced by orthologous gene misidentification and artefactual phylogenetic reconstructions. Here, using a method that allows the detection and exclusion of false positives during identification of orthologous genes, we address the question of whether putative orthologous genes within bacteria really reflect the history of the species. Results We identified a set of 370 orthologous genes from the bacterial order Rhizobiales. Although manifesting strong vertical signal, almost every orthologous gene had a distinct phylogeny, and the most common topology among the orthologous gene trees did not correspond with the best estimate of the species tree. However, each orthologous gene tree shared an average of 70% of its bipartitions with the best estimate of the species tree. Stochastic error related to gene size affected the concordance between the best estimated of the species tree and the orthologous gene trees, although this effect was weak and distributed unevenly among the functional categories. The nodes showing the greatest discordance were those defined by the shortest internal branches in the best estimated of the species tree. Moreover, a clear bias was evident with respect to the function of the orthologous genes, and the degree of divergence among the orthologous genes appeared to be related to their functional classification. Conclusion Orthologous genes do not reflect the history of the species when taken as individual markers, but they do when taken as a whole. Stochastic error affected the concordance of orthologous genes with the species tree, albeit weakly. We conclude that two important biological causes of discordance among orthologous genes are incomplete lineage sorting and functional restriction. PMID:18973688

  9. Evidence of tree species' range shifts in a complex landscape.

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    Monleon, Vicente J; Lintz, Heather E

    2015-01-01

    Climate change is expected to change the distribution of species. For long-lived, sessile species such as trees, tracking the warming climate depends on seedling colonization of newly favorable areas. We compare the distribution of seedlings and mature trees for all but the rarest tree species in California, Oregon and Washington, United States of America, a large, environmentally diverse region. Across 46 species, the mean annual temperature of the range of seedlings was 0.120°C colder than that of the range of trees (95% confidence interval from 0.096 to 0.144°C). The extremes of the seedling distributions also shifted towards colder temperature than those of mature trees, but the change was less pronounced. Although the mean elevation and mean latitude of the range of seedlings was higher than and north of those of the range of mature trees, elevational and latitudinal shifts run in opposite directions for the majority of the species, reflecting the lack of a direct biological relationship between species' distributions and those variables. The broad scale, environmental diversity and variety of disturbance regimes and land uses of the study area, the large number and exhaustive sampling of tree species, and the direct causal relationship between the temperature response and a warming climate, provide strong evidence to attribute the observed shifts to climate change. PMID:25634090

  10. Indirect interactions among tropical tree species through shared rodent seed predators: a novel mechanism of tree species coexistence.

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    Garzon-Lopez, Carol X; Ballesteros-Mejia, Liliana; Ordoñez, Alejandro; Bohlman, Stephanie A; Olff, Han; Jansen, Patrick A

    2015-08-01

    The coexistence of numerous tree species in tropical forests is commonly explained by negative dependence of recruitment on the conspecific seed and tree density due to specialist natural enemies that attack seeds and seedlings ('Janzen-Connell' effects). Less known is whether guilds of shared seed predators can induce a negative dependence of recruitment on the density of different species of the same plant functional group. We studied 54 plots in tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, with contrasting mature tree densities of three coexisting large seeded tree species with shared seed predators. Levels of seed predation were far better explained by incorporating seed densities of all three focal species than by conspecific seed density alone. Both positive and negative density dependencies were observed for different species combinations. Thus, indirect interactions via shared seed predators can either promote or reduce the coexistence of different plant functional groups in tropical forest. PMID:25939379

  11. Exploring the Taxonomy of Oaks and Related Tree Species

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    McMaster, Robert T.

    2004-01-01

    A lab in Eastern North America conducted a study to determine the taxonomic relationship between deciduous trees and several species of oaks by calculating the similarity index of all species to be studied. The study enabled students to classify the different species of oaks according to their distinct characteristics.

  12. Soil nutrients influence spatial distributions of tropical tree species

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    John, Robert; Dalling, James W.; Harms, Kyle E.; Yavitt, Joseph B.; Stallard, Robert F.; Mirabello, Matthew; Hubbell, Stephen P.; Valencia, Renato; Navarrete, Hugo; Vallejo, Martha; Foster, Robin B.

    2007-01-01

    The importance of niche vs. neutral assembly mechanisms in structuring tropical tree communities remains an important unsettled question in community ecology [Bell G (2005) Ecology 86:1757–1770]. There is ample evidence that species distributions are determined by soils and habitat factors at landscape (<104 km2) and regional scales. At local scales (<1 km2), however, habitat factors and species distributions show comparable spatial aggregation, making it difficult to disentangle the importance of niche and dispersal processes. In this article, we test soil resource-based niche assembly at a local scale, using species and soil nutrient distributions obtained at high spatial resolution in three diverse neotropical forest plots in Colombia (La Planada), Ecuador (Yasuni), and Panama (Barro Colorado Island). Using spatial distribution maps of >0.5 million individual trees of 1,400 species and 10 essential plant nutrients, we used Monte Carlo simulations of species distributions to test plant–soil associations against null expectations based on dispersal assembly. We found that the spatial distributions of 36–51% of tree species at these sites show strong associations to soil nutrient distributions. Neutral dispersal assembly cannot account for these plant–soil associations or the observed niche breadths of these species. These results indicate that belowground resource availability plays an important role in the assembly of tropical tree communities at local scales and provide the basis for future investigations on the mechanisms of resource competition among tropical tree species. PMID:17215353

  13. Tree Species Classification By Multiseasonal High Resolution Satellite Data

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    Elatawneh, Alata; Wallner, Adelheid; Straub, Christoph; Schneider, Thomas; Knoke, Thomas

    2013-12-01

    Accurate forest tree species mapping is a fundamental issue for sustainable forest management and planning. Forest tree species mapping with the means of remote sensing data is still a topic to be investigated. The Bavaria state institute of forestry is investigating the potential of using digital aerial images for forest management purposes. However, using aerial images is still cost- and time-consuming, in addition to their acquisition restrictions. The new space-born sensor generations such as, RapidEye, with a very high temporal resolution, offering multiseasonal data have the potential to improve the forest tree species mapping. In this study, we investigated the potential of multiseasonal RapidEye data for mapping tree species in a Mid European forest in Southern Germany. The RapidEye data of level A3 were collected on ten different dates in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. For data analysis, a model was developed, which combines the Spectral Angle Mapper technique with a 10-fold- cross-validation. The analysis succeeded to differentiate four tree species; Norway spruce (Picea abies L.), Silver Fir (Abies alba Mill.), European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). The model success was evaluated using digital aerial images acquired in the year 2009 and inventory point records from 2008/09 inventory. Model results of the multiseasonal RapidEye data analysis achieved an overall accuracy of 76%. However, the success of the model was evaluated only for all the identified species and not for the individual.

  14. Phylogenomics-Based Reconstruction of Protozoan Species Tree

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    Ocaa, Kary A.C.S.; Dvila, Alberto M.R.

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a semi-automatic methodology to reconstruct the phylogenetic species tree in Protozoa, integrating different phylogenetic algorithms and programs, and demonstrating the utility of a supermatrix approach to construct phylogenomics-based trees using 31 universal orthologs (UO). The species tree obtained was formed by three major clades that were related to three groups of data: i) Species containing at least 80% of UO (25/31) in the concatenated multiple alignment or supermatrix, this clade was called C1, ii) Species containing between 50%79% (1524/31) of UO called C2, and iii) Species containing less than 50% (114/31) of UO called C3. C1 was composed by only protozoan species, C2 was composed by species related to Protozoa, and C3 was composed by some species of C1 (Protozoa) and C2 (related to Protozoa). Our phylogenomics-based methodology using a supermatrix approach proved to be reliable with protozoan genome data and using at least 25 UO, suggesting that (a) the more UO used the better, (b) using the entire UO sequence or just a conserved block of it for the supermatrix produced similar phylogenomic trees. PMID:21863127

  15. Species tree estimation and the historical biogeography of heroine cichlids.

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    Hulsey, C Darrin; Keck, Benjamin P; Hollingsworth, Phillip R

    2011-01-01

    Heroine cichlids are major components of the fish faunas in both Central America and the Caribbean. To examine the evolutionary patterns of how cichlids colonized both of these regions, we reconstructed the phylogenetic relationships among 23 cichlid lineages. We used three phylogenetically novel nuclear markers (Dystropin b, Myomesin1, and Wnt7b) in combination with sequence data from seven other gene regions (Nd2, Rag1, Enc1, Sreb2, Ptr, Plagl2, and Zic1) to elucidate the species tree of these cichlids. The species examined represent major heroine lineages in South America, Central America, and the Greater Antilles. The individual gene trees of these groups were topologically quite discordant. Therefore, we combined the genetic partitions and inferred the species tree using both concatenation and a coalescent-based Bayesian method. The two resulting phylogenetic topologies were largely concordant but differed in two fundamental ways. First, more nodes in the concatenated tree were supported with substantial or 100% Bayesian posterior support than in the coalescent-based tree. Second, there was a minor, but biogeographically critical, topological difference between the concatenated and coalescent-based trees. Nevertheless, both analyses recovered topologies consistent with the Greater Antillean heroines being phylogenetically nested within the largely Central American heroine radiation. This study suggests that reconstructions of cichlid phylogeny and historical biogeography should account for the vagaries of individual gene histories. PMID:21112406

  16. Why abundant tropical tree species are phylogenetically old.

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    Wang, Shaopeng; Chen, Anping; Fang, Jingyun; Pacala, Stephen W

    2013-10-01

    Neutral models of species diversity predict patterns of abundance for communities in which all individuals are ecologically equivalent. These models were originally developed for Panamanian trees and successfully reproduce observed distributions of abundance. Neutral models also make macroevolutionary predictions that have rarely been evaluated or tested. Here we show that neutral models predict a humped or flat relationship between species age and population size. In contrast, ages and abundances of tree species in the Panamanian Canal watershed are found to be positively correlated, which falsifies the models. Speciation rates vary among phylogenetic lineages and are partially heritable from mother to daughter species. Variable speciation rates in an otherwise neutral model lead to a demographic advantage for species with low speciation rate. This demographic advantage results in a positive correlation between species age and abundance, as found in the Panamanian tropical forest community. PMID:24043767

  17. Multipurpose Spaces

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    Gordon, Douglas

    2010-01-01

    The concept of multipurpose spaces in schools is certainly not new. Especially in elementary schools, the combination of cafeteria and auditorium (and sometimes indoor physical activity space as well) is a well-established approach to maximizing the use of school space and a school district's budget. Nonetheless, there continue to be refinements…

  18. Two Species of Endophytic Cladosporium in Pine Trees in Korea

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    Paul, Narayan Chandra

    2008-01-01

    During our studies on the diverse endophytic fungi resident on conifer needles, many species of Cladosporium previously unreported in Korea were encountered. In this paper, we report on two species of Cladosporium from the needles of pine trees (Pinus spp.). Based on analyses of internal transcribed spacer gene sequence, and cultural and micromorphological characteristics, they were identified as C. oxysporum and C. sphaerospermum. Both species have not been hitherto reported in Korea. PMID:23997628

  19. A polynomial time algorithm for calculating the probability of a ranked gene tree given a species tree

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    2012-01-01

    Background The ancestries of genes form gene trees which do not necessarily have the same topology as the species tree due to incomplete lineage sorting. Available algorithms determining the probability of a gene tree given a species tree require exponential computational runtime. Results In this paper, we provide a polynomial time algorithm to calculate the probability of a ranked gene tree topology for a given species tree, where a ranked tree topology is a tree topology with the internal vertices being ordered. The probability of a gene tree topology can thus be calculated in polynomial time if the number of orderings of the internal vertices is a polynomial number. However, the complexity of calculating the probability of a gene tree topology with an exponential number of rankings for a given species tree remains unknown. Conclusions Polynomial algorithms for calculating ranked gene tree probabilities may become useful in developing methodology to infer species trees based on a collection of gene trees, leading to a more accurate reconstruction of ancestral species relationships. PMID:22546066

  20. New heuristic methods for joint species delimitation and species tree inference.

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    O'Meara, Brian C

    2010-01-01

    Species delimitation and species tree inference are difficult problems in cases of recent divergence, especially when different loci have different histories. This paper quantifies the difficulty of jointly finding the division of samples to species and estimating a species tree without constraining the possible assignments a priori. It introduces a parametric and a nonparametric method, including new heuristic search strategies, to do this delimitation and tree inference using individual gene trees as input. The new methods were evaluated using thousands of simulations and 4 empirical data sets. These analyses suggest that the new methods, especially the nonparametric one, may provide useful insights for systematists working at the species level with molecular data. However, they still often return incorrect results. PMID:20525620

  1. Gene trees versus species trees: reassessing life-history evolution in a freshwater fish radiation.

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    Waters, Jonathan M; Rowe, Diane L; Burridge, Christopher P; Wallis, Graham P

    2010-10-01

    Mechanisms of speciation are best understood in the context of phylogenetic relationships and as such have often been inferred from single gene trees, typically those derived from mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) markers. Recent studies, however, have noted the potential for phylogenetic discordance between gene trees and underlying species trees (e.g., due to stochastic lineage sorting, introgression, or selection). Here, we employ a variety of nuclear DNA loci to reassess evolutionary relationships within a recent freshwater fish radiation to reappraise modes of speciation. New Zealand's freshwater-limited Galaxias vulgaris complex is thought to have evolved from G. brevipinnis, a widespread migratory species that retains a plesiomorphic marine juvenile phase. A well-resolved tree, based on four mtDNA regions, previously suggested that marine migratory ability has been lost on 3 independent occasions in the evolution of this species flock (assuming that loss of diadromy is irreversible). Here, we use pseudogene (galaxiid Numt: 1801 bp), intron (S: 903 bp), and exon (RAG-1: 1427 bp) markers, together with mtDNA, to reevaluate this hypothesis of parallel evolution. Interestingly, partitioned Bayesian analysis of concatenated nuclear sequences (3141 bp) and concatenated nuclear and mtDNA (4770 bp) both recover phylogenies implying a single loss of diadromy, not three parallel losses as previously inferred from mtDNA alone. This phylogenetic result is reinforced by a multilocus analysis performed using Bayesian estimation of species trees (BEST) software that estimates the posterior distribution of species trees under a coalescent model. We discuss factors that might explain the apparently misleading phylogenetic inferences generated by mtDNA. PMID:20603441

  2. tropiTree: An NGS-Based EST-SSR Resource for 24 Tropical Tree Species

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    Russell, Joanne R.; Hedley, Peter E.; Cardle, Linda; Dancey, Siobhan; Morris, Jenny; Booth, Allan; Odee, David; Mwaura, Lucy; Omondi, William; Angaine, Peter; Machua, Joseph; Muchugi, Alice; Milne, Iain; Kindt, Roeland; Jamnadass, Ramni; Dawson, Ian K.

    2014-01-01

    The development of genetic tools for non-model organisms has been hampered by cost, but advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) have created new opportunities. In ecological research, this raises the prospect for developing molecular markers to simultaneously study important genetic processes such as gene flow in multiple non-model plant species within complex natural and anthropogenic landscapes. Here, we report the use of bar-coded multiplexed paired-end Illumina NGS for the de novo development of expressed sequence tag-derived simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers at low cost for a range of 24 tree species. Each chosen tree species is important in complex tropical agroforestry systems where little is currently known about many genetic processes. An average of more than 5,000 EST-SSRs was identified for each of the 24 sequenced species, whereas prior to analysis 20 of the species had fewer than 100 nucleotide sequence citations. To make results available to potential users in a suitable format, we have developed an open-access, interactive online database, tropiTree (http://bioinf.hutton.ac.uk/tropiTree), which has a range of visualisation and search facilities, and which is a model for the efficient presentation and application of NGS data. PMID:25025376

  3. Early positive effects of tree species richness on herbivory in a large-scale forest biodiversity experiment influence tree growth

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    Schuldt, Andreas; Bruelheide, Helge; Härdtle, Werner; Assmann, Thorsten; Li, Ying; Ma, Keping; von Oheimb, Goddert; Zhang, Jiayong

    2015-01-01

    Despite the importance of herbivory for the structure and functioning of species-rich forests, little is known about how herbivory is affected by tree species richness, and more specifically by random vs. non-random species loss. We assessed herbivore damage and its effects on tree growth in the early stage of a large-scale forest biodiversity experiment in subtropical China that features random and non-random extinction scenarios of tree mixtures numbering between one and 24 species. In contrast to random species loss, the non-random extinction scenarios were based on the tree species’ local rarity and specific leaf area – traits that may strongly influence the way herbivory is affected by plant species richness. Herbivory increased with tree species richness across all scenarios and was unaffected by the different species compositions in the random and non-random extinction scenarios. Whereas tree growth rates were positively related to herbivory on plots with smaller trees, growth rates significantly declined with increasing herbivory on plots with larger trees. Our results suggest that the effects of herbivory on growth rates increase from monocultures to the most species-rich plant communities and that negative effects with increasing tree species richness become more pronounced with time as trees grow larger. Synthesis. Our results indicate that key trophic interactions can be quick to become established in forest plantations (i.e. already 2.5 years after tree planting). Stronger herbivory effects on tree growth with increasing tree species richness suggest a potentially important role of herbivory in regulating ecosystem functions and the structural development of species-rich forests from the very start of secondary forest succession. The lack of significant differences between the extinction scenarios, however, contrasts with findings from natural forests of higher successional age, where rarity had negative effects on herbivory. This indicates that the effects of non-random species loss could change with forest succession. PMID:26690688

  4. Species mixing boosts root yield in mangrove trees.

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    Lang'at, Joseph K Sigi; Kirui, Bernard K Y; Skov, Martin W; Kairo, James G; Mencuccini, Maurizio; Huxham, Mark

    2013-05-01

    Enhanced species richness can stimulate the productivity of plant communities; however, its effect on the belowground production of forests has scarcely been tested, despite the role of tree roots in carbon storage and ecosystem processes. Therefore, we tested for the effects of tree species richness on mangrove root biomass: thirty-two 6 m by 6 m plots were planted with zero (control), one, two or three species treatments of six-month-old Avicennia marina (A), Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (B) and Ceriops tagal (C). A monoculture of each species and the four possible combinations of the three species were used, with four replicate plots per treatment. Above- and belowground biomass was measured after three and four years' growth. In both years, the all-species mix (ABC) had significant overyielding of roots, suggesting complementarity mediated by differences in rhizosphere use amongst species. In year four, there was higher belowground than aboveground biomass in all but one treatment. Belowground biomass was strongly influenced by the presence of the most vigorously growing species, A. marina. These results demonstrate the potential for complementarity between fast- and slow-growing species to enhance belowground growth in mangrove forests, with implications for forest productivity and the potential for belowground carbon sequestration. PMID:23073636

  5. Decomposing Waveform Lidar for Individual Tree Species Recognition

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    Vaughn, Nicholas

    2011-12-01

    The potential of waveform Lidar is investigated in a series of three articles. In the first, a new approach is found to capture patterns within waveforms using an old technique: the Fourier transform. The mean spectral pattern between waveforms hitting an individual tree is found to aid in discriminating species. Using the full dataset, an overall accuracy of 75 percent is achieved using a classification tree approach for 44 sample trees of 3 hardwood species native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Important wavelengths within the waveforms include 1.5, 0.75, and 0.35 meters. In a second article, the ability of the above technique to classify species using datasets of lower densities is analyzed. From the original dataset with approximately 10 waveforms/pulses crossing a square meter at ground level (equivalent to a first and last return discrete point dataset of about 20 points per square meter), reduced datasets were created at 80, 60, 40 and 20 percent of the original density. The classification was then performed at each density level. Reducing the density to 80 percent actually increased the overall accuracy to 82 percent, while subsequent reductions reduced the accuracy to 61, 54, and 66 percent respectively for the 60, 40 and 20 percent reduced datasets. A third article compares a combination of several variables obtained from a discrete point Lidar dataset before and after the addition of variables obtained from waveform Lidar data. The addition of waveform information aided in the classification of five species, as well as in the classification of several two-species subsets. Performance of small groups of similar discrete point Lidar-derived variables varied much more between different species combinations, but when grouped they performed very well in all combinations. These results provide some suggestive evidence that fine-scale waveform Lidar information is important to classification of at least some tree species.

  6. Complementary resource use by tree species in a rain forest tree plantation.

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    Richards, Anna E; Schmidt, Susanne

    2010-07-01

    Mixed-species tree plantations, composed of high-value native rain forest timbers, are potential forestry systems for the subtropics and tropics that can provide ecological and production benefits. Choices of rain forest tree species for mixtures are generally based on the concept that assemblages of fast-growing and light-demanding species are less productive than assemblages of species with different shade tolerances. We examined the hypothesis that mixtures of two fast-growing species compete for resources, while mixtures of shade-tolerant and shade-intolerant species are complementary. Ecophysiological characteristics of young trees were determined and analyzed with a physiology-based canopy model (MAESTRA) to test species interactions. Contrary to predictions, there was evidence for complementary interactions between two fast-growing species with respect to nutrient uptake, nutrient use efficiency, and nutrient cycling. Fast-growing Elaeocarpus angustifolius had maximum demand for soil nutrients in summer, the most efficient internal recycling of N, and low P use efficiency at the leaf and whole-plant level and produced a large amount of nutrient-rich litter. In contrast, fast-growing Grevillea robusta had maximum demand for soil nutrients in spring and highest leaf nutrient use efficiency for N and P and produced low-nutrient litter. Thus, mixtures of fast-growing G. robusta and E. angustifolius or G. robusta and slow-growing, shade-tolerant Castanospermum australe may have similar or even greater productivity than monocultures, as light requirement is just one of several factors affecting performance of mixed-species plantations. We conclude that the knowledge gained here will be useful for designing large-scale experimental mixtures and commercial forestry systems in subtropical Australia and elsewhere. PMID:20666247

  7. Impact of gene family evolutionary histories on phylogenetic species tree inference by gene tree parsimony.

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    Shi, Tao

    2016-03-01

    Complicated history of gene duplication and loss brings challenge to molecular phylogenetic inference, especially in deep phylogenies. However, phylogenomic approaches, such as gene tree parsimony (GTP), show advantage over some other approaches in its ability to use gene families with duplications. GTP searches the 'optimal' species tree by minimizing the total cost of biological events such as duplications, but accuracy of GTP and phylogenetic signal in the context of different gene families with distinct histories of duplication and loss are unclear. To evaluate how different evolutionary properties of different gene families can impact on species tree inference, 3900 gene families from seven angiosperms encompassing a wide range of gene content, lineage-specific expansions and contractions were analyzed. It was found that the gene content and total duplication number in a gene family strongly influence species tree inference accuracy, with the highest accuracy achieved at either very low or very high gene content (or duplication number) and lowest accuracy centered in intermediate gene content (or duplication number), as the relationship can fit a binomial regression. Besides, for gene families of similar level of average gene content, those with relatively higher lineage-specific expansion or duplication rates tend to show lower accuracy. Additional correlation tests support that high accuracy for those gene families with large gene content may rely on abundant ancestral copies to provide many subtrees to resolve conflicts, whereas high accuracy for single or low copy gene families are just subject to sequence substitution per se. Very low accuracy reached by gene families of intermediate gene content or duplication number can be due to insufficient subtrees to resolve the conflicts from loss of alternative copies. As these evolutionary properties can significantly influence species tree accuracy, I discussed the potential weighting of the duplication cost by evolutionary properties of gene families in future GTP analyses. PMID:26702957

  8. Widespread Discordance of Gene Trees with Species Tree inDrosophila: Evidence for Incomplete Lineage Sorting

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    Pollard, Daniel A.; Iyer, Venky N.; Moses, Alan M.; Eisen,Michael B.

    2006-08-28

    The phylogenetic relationship of the now fully sequencedspecies Drosophila erecta and D. yakuba with respect to the D.melanogaster species complex has been a subject of controversy. All threepossible groupings of the species have been reported in the past, thoughrecent multi-gene studies suggest that D. erecta and D. yakuba are sisterspecies. Using the whole genomes of each of these species as well as thefour other fully sequenced species in the subgenus Sophophora, we set outto investigate the placement of D. erecta and D. yakuba in the D.melanogaster species group and to understand the cause of the pastincongruence. Though we find that the phylogeny grouping D. erecta and D.yakuba together is the best supported, we also find widespreadincongruence in nucleotide and amino acid substitutions, insertions anddeletions, and gene trees. The time inferred to span the two keyspeciation events is short enough that under the coalescent model, theincongruence could be the result of incomplete lineage sorting.Consistent with the lineage-sorting hypothesis, substitutions supportingthe same tree were spatially clustered. Support for the different treeswas found to be linked to recombination such that adjacent genes supportthe same tree most often in regions of low recombination andsubstitutions supporting the same tree are most enriched roughly on thesame scale as linkage disequilibrium, also consistent with lineagesorting. The incongruence was found to be statistically significant androbust to model and species choice. No systematic biases were found. Weconclude that phylogenetic incongruence in the D. melanogaster speciescomplex is the result, at least in part, of incomplete lineage sorting.Incomplete lineage sorting will likely cause phylogenetic incongruence inmany comparative genomics datasets. Methods to infer the correct speciestree, the history of every base in the genome, and comparative methodsthat control for and/or utilize this information will be valuableadvancements for the field of comparative genomics.

  9. Climatic extremes improve predictions of spatial patterns of tree species

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    Zimmermann, N.E.; Yoccoz, N.G.; Edwards, T.C., Jr.; Meier, E.S.; Thuiller, W.; Guisan, A.; Schmatz, D.R.; Pearman, P.B.

    2009-01-01

    Understanding niche evolution, dynamics, and the response of species to climate change requires knowledge of the determinants of the environmental niche and species range limits. Mean values of climatic variables are often used in such analyses. In contrast, the increasing frequency of climate extremes suggests the importance of understanding their additional influence on range limits. Here, we assess how measures representing climate extremes (i.e., interannual variability in climate parameters) explain and predict spatial patterns of 11 tree species in Switzerland. We find clear, although comparably small, improvement (+20% in adjusted D2, +8% and +3% in cross-validated True Skill Statistic and area under the receiver operating characteristics curve values) in models that use measures of extremes in addition to means. The primary effect of including information on climate extremes is a correction of local overprediction and underprediction. Our results demonstrate that measures of climate extremes are important for understanding the climatic limits of tree species and assessing species niche characteristics. The inclusion of climate variability likely will improve models of species range limits under future conditions, where changes in mean climate and increased variability are expected.

  10. Efficient algorithms for reconciling gene trees and species networks via duplication and loss events

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    2015-01-01

    Reconciliation methods explain topology differences between a species tree and a gene tree by evolutionary events other than speciations. However, not all phylogenies are trees: hybridization can occur and create new species and this results into reticulate phylogenies. Here, we consider the problem of reconciling a gene tree with a species network via duplication and loss events. Two variants are proposed and solved with effcient algorithms: the first one finds the best tree in the network with which to reconcile the gene tree, and the second one finds the best reconciliation between the gene tree and the whole network. PMID:26449687

  11. Semi-supervised SVM for individual tree crown species classification

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    Dalponte, Michele; Ene, Liviu Theodor; Marconcini, Mattia; Gobakken, Terje; Næsset, Erik

    2015-12-01

    In this paper a novel semi-supervised SVM classifier is presented, specifically developed for tree species classification at individual tree crown (ITC) level. In ITC tree species classification, all the pixels belonging to an ITC should have the same label. This assumption is used in the learning of the proposed semi-supervised SVM classifier (ITC-S3VM). This method exploits the information contained in the unlabeled ITC samples in order to improve the classification accuracy of a standard SVM. The ITC-S3VM method can be easily implemented using freely available software libraries. The datasets used in this study include hyperspectral imagery and laser scanning data acquired over two boreal forest areas characterized by the presence of three information classes (Pine, Spruce, and Broadleaves). The experimental results quantify the effectiveness of the proposed approach, which provides classification accuracies significantly higher (from 2% to above 27%) than those obtained by the standard supervised SVM and by a state-of-the-art semi-supervised SVM (S3VM). Particularly, by reducing the number of training samples (i.e. from 100% to 25%, and from 100% to 5% for the two datasets, respectively) the proposed method still exhibits results comparable to the ones of a supervised SVM trained with the full available training set. This property of the method makes it particularly suitable for practical forest inventory applications in which collection of in situ information can be very expensive both in terms of cost and time.

  12. Native tree species regulate nitrous oxide fluxes in tropical plantations.

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    Weintraub, Samantha R; Russell, Ann E; Townsend, Alan R

    2014-06-01

    Secondary and managed plantation forests comprise a rapidly increasing portion of the humid tropical forest biome, a region that, in turn, is a major source of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions to the atmosphere. Previous work has demonstrated reduced N2O emissions in regenerating secondary stands compared to mature forests, yet the importance of species composition in regulating N2O production in young forests remains unclear. We measured N2O fluxes beneath four native tree species planted in replicated, 21-yr-old monodominant stands in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica in comparison with nearby mature forest and abandoned pasture sites at two time points (wetter and drier seasons). We found that species differed eight-fold in their production of N2O, with slower growing, late-successional species (including one legume) promoting high N2O fluxes similar to mature forest, and faster growing, early successional species maintaining low N2O fluxes similar to abandoned pasture. Across all species, N2O flux was positively correlated with soil nitrate concentration in the wetter season and with soil water-filled pore space (WFPS) in the drier season. However, the strongest predictor of N2O fluxes was fine-root growth rate, which was negatively correlated with N2O emissions at both time points. We suggest that tree-specific variation in growth habits creates differences in both N demand and soil water conditions that may exert significant control on N2O fluxes from tropical forests. With the advent of REDD+ and related strategies for fostering climate mitigation via tropical forest regrowth and plantations, we note that species-specific traits as they relate to N2O fluxes may be an important consideration in estimating overall climate benefits. PMID:24988773

  13. Inferring Species Trees from Gene Trees in a Radiation of California Trapdoor Spiders (Araneae, Antrodiaetidae, Aliatypus)

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    Satler, Jordan D.; Starrett, James; Hayashi, Cheryl Y.; Hedin, Marshal

    2011-01-01

    Background The California Floristic Province is a biodiversity hotspot, reflecting a complex geologic history, strong selective gradients, and a heterogeneous landscape. These factors have led to high endemic diversity across many lifeforms within this region, including the richest diversity of mygalomorph spiders (tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, and kin) in North America. The trapdoor spider genus Aliatypus encompasses twelve described species, eleven of which are endemic to California. Several Aliatypus species show disjunct distributional patterns in California (some are found on both sides of the vast Central Valley), and the genus as a whole occupies an impressive variety of habitats. Methodology/Principal Findings We collected specimens from 89 populations representing all described species. DNA sequence data were collected from seven gene regions, including two newly developed for spider systematics. Bayesian inference (in individual gene tree and species tree approaches) recovered a general “3 clade” structure for the genus (A. gulosus, californicus group, erebus group), with three other phylogenetically isolated species differing slightly in position across different phylogenetic analyses. Because of extremely high intraspecific divergences in mitochondrial COI sequences, the relatively slowly evolving 28S rRNA gene was found to be more useful than mitochondrial data for identification of morphologically indistinguishable immatures. For multiple species spanning the Central Valley, explicit hypothesis testing suggests a lack of monophyly for regional populations (e.g., western Coast Range populations). Phylogenetic evidence clearly shows that syntopy is restricted to distant phylogenetic relatives, consistent with ecological niche conservatism. Conclusions/Significance This study provides fundamental insight into a radiation of trapdoor spiders found in the biodiversity hotspot of California. Species relationships are clarified and undescribed lineages are discovered, with more geographic sampling likely to lead to additional species diversity. These dispersal-limited taxa provide novel insight into the biogeography and Earth history processes of California. PMID:21966507

  14. Relating tree growth to rainfall in Bolivian rain forests: a test for six species using tree ring analysis.

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    Brienen, Roel J W; Zuidema, Pieter A

    2005-11-01

    Many tropical regions show one distinct dry season. Often, this seasonality induces cambial dormancy of trees, particularly if these belong to deciduous species. This will often lead to the formation of annual rings. The aim of this study was to determine whether tree species in the Bolivian Amazon region form annual rings and to study the influence of the total amount and seasonal distribution of rainfall on diameter growth. Ring widths were measured on stem discs of a total of 154 trees belonging to six rain forest species. By correlating ring width and monthly rainfall data we proved the annual character of the tree rings for four of our study species. For two other species the annual character was proved by counting rings on trees of known age and by radiocarbon dating. The results of the climate-growth analysis show a positive relationship between tree growth and rainfall in certain periods of the year, indicating that rainfall plays a major role in tree growth. Three species showed a strong relationship with rainfall at the beginning of the rainy season, while one species is most sensitive to the rainfall at the end of the previous growing season. These results clearly demonstrate that tree ring analysis can be successfully applied in the tropics and that it is a promising method for various research disciplines. PMID:16012820

  15. Urban Tree Species Show the Same Hydraulic Response to Vapor Pressure Deficit across Varying Tree Size and Environmental Conditions

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    Chen, Lixin; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Ewers, Brent E.

    2012-01-01

    Background The functional convergence of tree transpiration has rarely been tested for tree species growing under urban conditions even though it is of significance to elucidate the relationship between functional convergence and species differences of urban trees for establishing sustainable urban forests in the context of forest water relations. Methodology/Principal Findings We measured sap flux of four urban tree species including Cedrus deodara, Zelkova schneideriana, Euonymus bungeanus and Metasequoia glyptostroboides in an urban park by using thermal dissipation probes (TDP). The concurrent microclimate conditions and soil moisture content were also measured. Our objectives were to examine 1) the influence of tree species and size on transpiration, and 2) the hydraulic control of urban trees under different environmental conditions over the transpiration in response to VPD as represented by canopy conductance. The results showed that the functional convergence between tree diameter at breast height (DBH) and tree canopy transpiration amount (Ec) was not reliable to predict stand transpiration and there were species differences within same DBH class. Species differed in transpiration patterns to seasonal weather progression and soil water stress as a result of varied sensitivity to water availability. Species differences were also found in their potential maximum transpiration rate and reaction to light. However, a same theoretical hydraulic relationship between Gc at VPD = 1 kPa (Gcref) and the Gc sensitivity to VPD (−dGc/dlnVPD) across studied species as well as under contrasting soil water and Rs conditions in the urban area. Conclusions/Significance We concluded that urban trees show the same hydraulic regulation over response to VPD across varying tree size and environmental conditions and thus tree transpiration could be predicted with appropriate assessment of Gcref. PMID:23118904

  16. Lianas suppress seedling growth and survival of 14 tree species in a Panamanian tropical forest.

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    Martínez-Izquierdo, Laura; García, María M; Powers, Jennifer S; Schnitzer, Stefan A

    2016-01-01

    Lianas are a common plant growth form in tropical forests, where they compete intensely with trees, decreasing tree recruitment, growth, and survival. If the detrimental effects of lianas vary significantly with tree species identity, as is often assumed, then lianas may influence tree species diversity and community composition. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that liana abundance and biomass are increasing relative to trees in neotropical forests, which will likely magnify the detrimental effects of lianas and may ultimately alter tree species diversity, relative abundances, and community composition. Few studies, however, have tested the responses of multiple tree species to the presence of lianas in robust, well-replicated experiments. We tested the hypotheses that lianas reduce tree seedling growth and survival, and that the effect of lianas varies with tree species identity. We used a large-scale liana removal experiment in Central Panama in which we planted 14 replicate seedlings of 14 different tree species that varied in shade tolerance in each of 16 80 x 80 m plots (eight liana-removal and eight unmanipulated controls; 3136 total seedlings). Over a nearly two-yr period, we found that tree seedlings survived 75% more, grew 300% taller, and had twice the aboveground biomass in liana-removal plots than seedlings in control plots, consistent with strong competition between lianas and tree seedlings. There were no significant differences in the response of tree species to liana competition (i.e., there was no species by treatment interaction), indicating that lianas had a similar negative effect on all 14 tree species. Furthermore, the effect of lianas did not vary with tree species shade tolerance classification, suggesting that the liana effect was not solely based on light. Based on these findings, recently observed increases in liana abundance in neotropical forests will substantially reduce tree regeneration, but will not significantly alter tropical tree species diversity, relative abundance, or community composition. PMID:27008790

  17. Tree diversity and the role of non-host neighbour tree species in reducing fungal pathogen infestation

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    Hantsch, Lydia; Bien, Steffen; Radatz, Stine; Braun, Uwe; Auge, Harald; Bruelheide, Helge

    2014-01-01

    The degree to which plant pathogen infestation occurs in a host plant is expected to be strongly influenced by the level of species diversity among neighbouring host and non-host plant species. Since pathogen infestation can negatively affect host plant performance, it can mediate the effects of local biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. We tested the effects of tree diversity and the proportion of neighbouring host and non-host species with respect to the foliar fungal pathogens of Tilia cordata and Quercus petraea in the Kreinitz tree diversity experiment in Germany. We hypothesized that fungal pathogen richness increases while infestation decreases with increasing local tree diversity. In addition, we tested whether fungal pathogen richness and infestation are dependent on the proportion of host plant species present or on the proportion of particular non-host neighbouring tree species. Leaves of the two target species were sampled across three consecutive years with visible foliar fungal pathogens on the leaf surface being identified macro- and microscopically. Effects of diversity among neighbouring trees were analysed: (i) for total fungal species richness and fungal infestation on host trees and (ii) for infestation by individual fungal species. We detected four and five fungal species on T. cordata and Q. petraea, respectively. High local tree diversity reduced (i) total fungal species richness and infestation of T. cordata and fungal infestation of Q. petraea and (ii) infestation by three host-specialized fungal pathogen species. These effects were brought about by local tree diversity and were independent of host species proportion. In general, host species proportion had almost no effect on fungal species richness and infestation. Strong effects associated with the proportion of particular non-host neighbouring tree species on fungal species richness and infestation were, however, recorded. Synthesis. For the first time, we experimentally demonstrated that for two common forestry tree species, foliar fungal pathogen richness and infestation depend on local biodiversity. Thus, local tree diversity can have positive impacts on ecosystem functioning in managed forests by decreasing the level of fungal pathogen infestation. PMID:25558092

  18. The Impact of Missing Data on Species Tree Estimation.

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    Xi, Zhenxiang; Liu, Liang; Davis, Charles C

    2016-03-01

    Phylogeneticists are increasingly assembling genome-scale data sets that include hundreds of genes to resolve their focal clades. Although these data sets commonly include a moderate to high amount of missing data, there remains no consensus on their impact to species tree estimation. Here, using several simulated and empirical data sets, we assess the effects of missing data on species tree estimation under varying degrees of incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) and gene rate heterogeneity. We demonstrate that concatenation (RAxML), gene-tree-based coalescent (ASTRAL, MP-EST, and STAR), and supertree (matrix representation with parsimony [MRP]) methods perform reliably, so long as missing data are randomly distributed (by gene and/or by species) and that a sufficiently large number of genes are sampled. When data sets are indecisive sensu Sanderson et al. (2010. Phylogenomics with incomplete taxon coverage: the limits to inference. BMC Evol Biol. 10:155) and/or ILS is high, however, high amounts of missing data that are randomly distributed require exhaustive levels of gene sampling, likely exceeding most empirical studies to date. Moreover, missing data become especially problematic when they are nonrandomly distributed. We demonstrate that STAR produces inconsistent results when the amount of nonrandom missing data is high, regardless of the degree of ILS and gene rate heterogeneity. Similarly, concatenation methods using maximum likelihood can be misled by nonrandom missing data in the presence of gene rate heterogeneity, which becomes further exacerbated when combined with high ILS. In contrast, ASTRAL, MP-EST, and MRP are more robust under all of these scenarios. These results underscore the importance of understanding the influence of missing data in the phylogenomics era. PMID:26589995

  19. Interannual Variation in Stand Transpiration is Dependent Upon Tree Species

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    Ewers, B. E.; Mackay, D. S.; Burrows, S. N.; Ahl, D. E.; Samanta, S.

    2003-12-01

    In order to successfully predict transpirational water fluxes from forested watersheds, interannual variability in transpiration must be quantified and understood. In a heterogeneous forested landscape in northern Wisconsin, we quantified stand transpiration across four forest cover types representing more than 80 percent of the land area in order to 1) quantify differences in stand transpiration and leaf area over two years and 2) determine the mechanisms governing the changes in transpiration over two years. We measured sap flux in eight trees of each tree species in the four cover types. We found that in northern hardwoods, the leaf area of sugar maple increased between the two measurement years with transpiration per unit ground area increasing even more than could be explained by leaf area. In an aspen stand, tent caterpillars completely defoliated the stand for approximately a month until a new set of leaves flushed out. The new set of leaves resulted in a lower leaf area but the same transpiration per unit leaf area indicating there was no physiological compensation for the lower leaf area. At the same time, balsam fir growing underneath the aspen increased their transpiration rate in response to greater light penetration through the dominant aspen canopy Red pine had a thirty percent change in leaf area within a growing season due to multiple cohorts of leaves and transpiration followed this leaf area dynamic. In a forested wetland, white cedar transpiration was proportional to surface water depth between the two years. Despite the specific tree species' effects on stand transpiration, all species displayed a minimum water potential regulation resulting in a saturating response of transpiration to vapor pressure deficit that did not vary across the two years. This physiological set point will allow future water flux models to explain mechanistically interannual variability in transpiration of this and similar forests.

  20. Species tree estimation for the late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and close relatives

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    To better understand the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, an accurate estimate of the species phylogeny must be known. Traditionally, gene trees have served as a proxy for the species tree, although it was acknowledged early on that these trees represented different evolutionary process...

  1. Evaluating Summary Methods for Multilocus Species Tree Estimation in the Presence of Incomplete Lineage Sorting.

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    Mirarab, Siavash; Bayzid, Md Shamsuzzoha; Warnow, Tandy

    2016-05-01

    Species tree estimation is complicated by processes, such as gene duplication and loss and incomplete lineage sorting (ILS), that cause discordance between gene trees and the species tree. Furthermore, while concatenation, a traditional approach to tree estimation, has excellent performance under many conditions, the expectation is that the best accuracy will be obtained through the use of species tree estimation methods that are specifically designed to address gene tree discordance. In this article, we report on a study to evaluate MP-EST-one of the most popular species tree estimation methods designed to address ILS-as well as concatenation under maximum likelihood, the greedy consensus, and two supertree methods (Matrix Representation with Parsimony and Matrix Representation with Likelihood). Our study shows that several factors impact the absolute and relative accuracy of methods, including the number of gene trees, the accuracy of the estimated gene trees, and the amount of ILS. Concatenation can be more accurate than the best summary methods in some cases (mostly when the gene trees have poor phylogenetic signal or when the level of ILS is low), but summary methods are generally more accurate than concatenation when there are an adequate number of sufficiently accurate gene trees. Our study suggests that coalescent-based species tree methods may be key to estimating highly accurate species trees from multiple loci. PMID:25164915

  2. Neogene origins and implied warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species.

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    Dick, Christopher W; Lewis, Simon L; Maslin, Mark; Bermingham, Eldredge

    2012-01-01

    Tropical rain forest has been a persistent feature in South America for at least 55 million years. The future of the contemporary Amazon forest is uncertain, however, as the region is entering conditions with no past analogue, combining rapidly increasing air temperatures, high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, possible extreme droughts, and extensive removal and modification by humans. Given the long-term Cenozoic cooling trend, it is unknown whether Amazon forests can tolerate air temperature increases, with suggestions that lowland forests lack warm-adapted taxa, leading to inevitable species losses. In response to this uncertainty, we posit a simple hypothesis: the older the age of a species prior to the Pleistocene, the warmer the climate it has previously survived, with Pliocene (2.6-5 Ma) and late-Miocene (8-10 Ma) air temperature across Amazonia being similar to 2100 temperature projections under low and high carbon emission scenarios, respectively. Using comparative phylogeographic analyses, we show that 9 of 12 widespread Amazon tree species have Pliocene or earlier lineages (>2.6 Ma), with seven dating from the Miocene (>5.6 Ma) and three >8 Ma. The remarkably old age of these species suggest that Amazon forests passed through warmth similar to 2100 levels and that, in the absence of other major environmental changes, near-term high temperature-induced mass species extinction is unlikely. PMID:23404439

  3. Neogene origins and implied warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species

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    Dick, Christopher W; Lewis, Simon L; Maslin, Mark; Bermingham, Eldredge

    2013-01-01

    Tropical rain forest has been a persistent feature in South America for at least 55 million years. The future of the contemporary Amazon forest is uncertain, however, as the region is entering conditions with no past analogue, combining rapidly increasing air temperatures, high atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, possible extreme droughts, and extensive removal and modification by humans. Given the long-term Cenozoic cooling trend, it is unknown whether Amazon forests can tolerate air temperature increases, with suggestions that lowland forests lack warm-adapted taxa, leading to inevitable species losses. In response to this uncertainty, we posit a simple hypothesis: the older the age of a species prior to the Pleistocene, the warmer the climate it has previously survived, with Pliocene (2.6–5 Ma) and late-Miocene (8–10 Ma) air temperature across Amazonia being similar to 2100 temperature projections under low and high carbon emission scenarios, respectively. Using comparative phylogeographic analyses, we show that 9 of 12 widespread Amazon tree species have Pliocene or earlier lineages (>2.6 Ma), with seven dating from the Miocene (>5.6 Ma) and three >8 Ma. The remarkably old age of these species suggest that Amazon forests passed through warmth similar to 2100 levels and that, in the absence of other major environmental changes, near-term high temperature-induced mass species extinction is unlikely. PMID:23404439

  4. Biogenic volatile organic compound emissions from nine tree species used in an urban tree-planting program

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    Curtis, A. J.; Helmig, D.; Baroch, C.; Daly, R.; Davis, S.

    2014-10-01

    The biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions of nine urban tree species were studied to assess the air quality impacts from planting a large quantity of these trees in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, through the Mile High Million tree-planting initiative. The deciduous tree species studied were Sugar maple, Ohio buckeye, northern hackberry, Turkish hazelnut, London planetree, American basswood, Littleleaf linden, Valley Forge elm, and Japanese zelkova. These tree species were selected using the i-Tree Species Selector (itreetools.org). BVOC emissions from the selected tree species were investigated to evaluate the Species Selector data under the Colorado climate and environmental growing conditions. Individual tree species were subjected to branch enclosure experiments in which foliar emissions of BVOC were collected onto solid adsorbent cartridges. The cartridge samples were analyzed for monoterpenes (MT), sesquiterpenes (SQT), and other C10-C15 BVOC using thermal desorption-gas chromatography-flame ionization detection/mass spectroscopy (GC-FID/MS). Individual compounds and their emission rates (ER) were identified. MT were observed in all tree species, exhibiting the following total MT basal emission rates (BER; with a 1-σ lower bound, upper bound uncertainty window): Sugar maple, 0.07 (0.02, 0.11) μg g-1 h-1; London planetree, 0.15 (0.02, 0.27) μg g-1 h-1; northern hackberry, 0.33 (0.09, 0.57) μg g-1 h-1; Japanese zelkova, 0.42 (0.26, 0.58) μg g-1 h-1; Littleleaf linden, 0.71 (0.33, 1.09) μg g-1 h-1; Valley Forge elm, 0.96 (0.01, 1.92) μg g-1 h-1; Turkish hazelnut, 1.30 (0.32, 2.23) μg g-1 h-1; American basswood, 1.50 (0.40, 2.70) μg g-1 h-1; and Ohio buckeye, 6.61 (1.76, 11.47) μg g-1 h-1. SQT emissions were seen in five tree species with total SQT BER of: London planetree, 0.11 (0.01, 0.20) μg g-1 h-1; Japanese zelkova, 0.11 (0.05, 0.16) μg g-1 h-1; Littleleaf linden, 0.13 (0.06, 0.21) μg g-1 h-1; northern hackberry, 0.20 (0.11, 0.30) μg g-1 h-1; and Ohio buckeye, 0.44 (0.06, 0.83) μg g-1 h-1. The following trees exhibited emissions of other C10-C15 volatile organic compounds (VOC): Littleleaf linden, 0.15 (0.10, 0.20) μg g-1 h-1; Ohio buckeye, 0.39 (0.14, 0.65) μg g-1 h-1; and Turkish hazelnut, 0.72 (0.49, 0.95) μg g-1 h-1. All tree species studied in this experiment were confirmed to be low isoprene emitters. Compared to many other potential urban tree species, the selected trees can be considered low to moderate BVOC emitters under Colorado growing conditions, with total emission rates one-tenth to one-hundredth the rates of potential high-BVOC emitting trees. The emissions data were used to estimate the impact of this targeted tree planting on the urban BVOC flux and atmospheric VOC burden. Selecting the low-emitting tree species over known high BVOC emitters is equivalent to avoiding VOC emissions from nearly 500,000 cars from the inner city traffic.

  5. Recruitment in tropical tree species: revealing complex spatial patterns.

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    Wiegand, Thorsten; Martínez, Isabel; Huth, Andreas

    2009-10-01

    Seed dispersal should leave a signature on the spatial distribution of recruits that can be quantified using sophisticated techniques of spatial pattern analysis. Here we study spatial patterns of five frugivore-dispersed tropical tree species at the Barro Colorado Island forest, Panama, to describe detailed properties of the spatial patterns of recruits and to investigate whether these patterns were produced by temporally consistent mechanisms. Our spatial point pattern analyses detected the existence of surprising spatial structures, such as double-cluster and superposition patterns, and they allowed for a detailed quantification of their properties. The spatial recruitment patterns were composed of two independent components comprising a random component and a component showing a complex spatial pattern with two critical scales of clustering. The analysis allowed an estimation of the relative contribution of scatter dispersal versus clump dispersal in effective seed dispersal for our study species. Additionally, the cluster characteristics were temporally consistent over 25 years and correlated with several species traits. We are just beginning to discover the richness of spatial patterns found at tropical forests, and we are confident that a combination of advanced point pattern analysis with field data will allow for significant advances in establishing the link between spatial patterns and processes. PMID:19691434

  6. Tree species and functional traits but not species richness affect interrill erosion processes in young subtropical forests

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    Seitz, S.; Goebes, P.; Song, Z.; Bruelheide, H.; Härdtle, W.; Kühn, P.; Li, Y.; Scholten, T.

    2016-01-01

    Soil erosion is seriously threatening ecosystem functioning in many parts of the world. In this context, it is assumed that tree species richness and functional diversity of tree communities can play a critical role in improving ecosystem services such as erosion control. An experiment with 170 micro-scale run-off plots was conducted to investigate the influence of tree species and tree species richness as well as functional traits on interrill erosion in a young forest ecosystem. An interrill erosion rate of 47.5 Mg ha-1 a-1 was calculated. This study provided evidence that different tree species affect interrill erosion differently, while tree species richness did not affect interrill erosion in young forest stands. Thus, different tree morphologies have to be considered, when assessing soil erosion under forest. High crown cover and leaf area index reduced interrill erosion in initial forest ecosystems, whereas rising tree height increased it. Even if a leaf litter cover was not present, the remaining soil surface cover by stones and biological soil crusts was the most important driver for soil erosion control. Furthermore, soil organic matter had a decreasing influence on interrill erosion. Long-term monitoring of soil erosion under closing tree canopies is necessary, and a wide range of functional tree traits should be considered in future research.

  7. Higher levels of multiple ecosystem services are found in forests with more tree species.

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    Gamfeldt, Lars; Snäll, Tord; Bagchi, Robert; Jonsson, Micael; Gustafsson, Lena; Kjellander, Petter; Ruiz-Jaen, María C; Fröberg, Mats; Stendahl, Johan; Philipson, Christopher D; Mikusiński, Grzegorz; Andersson, Erik; Westerlund, Bertil; Andrén, Henrik; Moberg, Fredrik; Moen, Jon; Bengtsson, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Forests are of major importance to human society, contributing several crucial ecosystem services. Biodiversity is suggested to positively influence multiple services but evidence from natural systems at scales relevant to management is scarce. Here, across a scale of 400,000 km(2), we report that tree species richness in production forests shows positive to positively hump-shaped relationships with multiple ecosystem services. These include production of tree biomass, soil carbon storage, berry production and game production potential. For example, biomass production was approximately 50% greater with five than with one tree species. In addition, we show positive relationships between tree species richness and proxies for other biodiversity components. Importantly, no single tree species was able to promote all services, and some services were negatively correlated to each other. Management of production forests will therefore benefit from considering multiple tree species to sustain the full range of benefits that the society obtains from forests. PMID:23299890

  8. Higher levels of multiple ecosystem services are found in forests with more tree species

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    Gamfeldt, Lars; Snäll, Tord; Bagchi, Robert; Jonsson, Micael; Gustafsson, Lena; Kjellander, Petter; Ruiz-Jaen, María C.; Fröberg, Mats; Stendahl, Johan; Philipson, Christopher D.; Mikusiński, Grzegorz; Andersson, Erik; Westerlund, Bertil; Andrén, Henrik; Moberg, Fredrik; Moen, Jon; Bengtsson, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Forests are of major importance to human society, contributing several crucial ecosystem services. Biodiversity is suggested to positively influence multiple services but evidence from natural systems at scales relevant to management is scarce. Here, across a scale of 400,000 km2, we report that tree species richness in production forests shows positive to positively hump-shaped relationships with multiple ecosystem services. These include production of tree biomass, soil carbon storage, berry production and game production potential. For example, biomass production was approximately 50% greater with five than with one tree species. In addition, we show positive relationships between tree species richness and proxies for other biodiversity components. Importantly, no single tree species was able to promote all services, and some services were negatively correlated to each other. Management of production forests will therefore benefit from considering multiple tree species to sustain the full range of benefits that the society obtains from forests. PMID:23299890

  9. Temporal changes of soil respiration under different tree species.

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    Akburak, Serdar; Makineci, Ender

    2013-04-01

    Soil respiration rates were measured monthly (from April 2007 to March 2008) under four adjacent coniferous plantation sites [Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis L.), Austrian pine (Pinus nigra Arnold), Turkish fir (Abies bornmulleriana L.), and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.)] and adjacent natural Sessile oak forest (Quercus petraea L.) in Belgrad Forest-Istanbul/Turkey. Also, soil moisture, soil temperature, and fine root biomass were determined to identify the underlying environmental variables among sites which are most likely causing differences in soil respiration. Mean annual soil moisture was determined to be between 6.3 % and 8.1 %, and mean annual temperature ranged from 13.0°C to 14.2°C under all species. Mean annual fine root biomass changed between 368.09 g/m(2) and 883.71 g/m(2) indicating significant differences among species. Except May 2007, monthly soil respiration rates show significantly difference among species. However, focusing on tree species, differences of mean annual respiration rates did not differ significantly. Mean annual soil respiration ranged from 0.56 to 1.09 g C/m(2)/day. The highest rates of soil respiration reached on autumn months and the lowest rates were determined on summer season. Soil temperature, soil moisture, and fine root biomass explain mean annual soil respiration rates at the highest under Austrian pine (R (2) = 0.562) and the lowest (R (2) = 0.223) under Turkish fir. PMID:22828980

  10. Tree species composition affects the abundance of rowan (Sorbus aucuparia L.) in urban forests in Finland.

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    Hamberg, Leena; Lehvävirta, Susanna; Kotze, D Johan; Heikkinen, Juha

    2015-03-15

    Recent studies have shown a considerable increase in the abundance of rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) saplings in urban forests in Finland, yet the reasons for this increase are not well understood. Here we investigated whether canopy cover or tree species composition, i.e., the basal areas of different tree species in Norway spruce dominated urban forests, affects the abundances of rowan seedlings, saplings and trees. Altogether 24 urban forest patches were investigated. We sampled the number of rowan and other saplings, and calculated the basal areas of trees. We showed that rowan abundance was affected by tree species composition. The basal area of rowan trees (≥ 5 cm in diameter at breast height, dbh) decreased with increasing basal area of Norway spruce, while the cover of rowan seedlings increased with an increase in Norway spruce basal area. However, a decrease in the abundance of birch (Betula pendula) and an increase in the broad-leaved tree group (Acer platanoides, Alnus glutinosa, Alnus incana, Amelanchier spicata, Prunus padus, Quercus robur, Rhamnus frangula and Salix caprea) coincided with a decreasing number of rowans. Furthermore, rowan saplings were scarce in the vicinity of mature rowan trees. Although it seems that tree species composition has an effect on rowan, the relationship between rowan saplings and mature trees is complex, and therefore we conclude that regulating tree species composition is not an easy way to keep rowan thickets under control in urban forests in Finland. PMID:25588119

  11. Tree species identity and functional traits but not species richness affect interrill erosion processes in young subtropical forests

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    Seitz, S.; Goebes, P.; Song, Z.; Bruelheide, H.; Härdtle, W.; Kühn, P.; Li, Y.; Scholten, T.

    2015-06-01

    Soil erosion is seriously threatening ecosystem functioning in many parts of the world. In this context, it is assumed that tree species richness and functional diversity of tree communities can play a critical role in improving ecosystem services such as erosion control. An experiment with 170 micro-scale runoff plots was conducted to investigate the influence of tree species richness and identity as well as tree functional traits on interrill erosion in a young forest ecosystem. An interrill erosion rate of 47.5 t ha-1 a-1 was calculated. This study provided evidence that different tree species affect interrill erosion, but higher tree species richness did not mitigate soil losses in young forest stands. Thus, different tree morphologies have to be considered, when assessing erosion under forest. High crown cover and leaf area index reduced soil losses in initial forest ecosystems, whereas rising tree height increased them. Even if a leaf litter cover was not present, remaining soil surface cover by stones and biological soil crusts was the most important driver for soil erosion control. Furthermore, soil organic matter had a decreasing influence on soil loss. Long-term monitoring of soil erosion under closing tree canopies is necessary and a wide range of functional tree traits should be taken into consideration in future research.

  12. Species identity and neighbor size surpass the impact of tree species diversity on productivity in experimental broad-leaved tree sapling assemblages under dry and moist conditions

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    Lübbe, Torben; Schuldt, Bernhard; Leuschner, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    Species diversity may increase the productivity of tree communities through complementarity (CE) and/or selection effects (SE), but it is not well known how this relationship changes under water limitation. We tested the stress-gradient hypothesis, which predicts that resource use complementarity and facilitation are more important under water-limited conditions. We conducted a growth experiment with saplings of five temperate broad-leaved tree species that were grown in assemblages of variable diversity (1, 3, or 5 species) and species composition under ample and limited water supply to examine effects of species richness and species identity on stand- and tree-level productivity. Special attention was paid to effects of neighbor identity on the growth of target trees in mixture as compared to growth in monoculture. Stand productivity was strongly influenced by species identity while a net biodiversity effect (NE) was significant in the moist treatment (mostly assignable to CE) but of minor importance. The growth performance of some of the species in the mixtures was affected by tree neighborhood characteristics with neighbor size likely being more important than neighbor species identity. Diversity and neighbor identity effects visible in the moist treatment mostly disappeared in the dry treatment, disproving the stress-gradient hypothesis. The mixtures were similarly sensitive to drought-induced growth reduction as the monocultures, which may relate to the decreased CE on growth upon drought in the mixtures. PMID:26579136

  13. Species Tree Estimation for the Late Blight Pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and Close Relatives

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    Blair, Jaime E.; Coffey, Michael D.; Martin, Frank N.

    2012-01-01

    To better understand the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, an accurate estimate of the species phylogeny must be known. Traditionally, gene trees have served as a proxy for the species tree, although it was acknowledged early on that these trees represented different evolutionary processes. Discordances among gene trees and between the gene trees and the species tree are also expected in closely related species that have rapidly diverged, due to processes such as the incomplete sorting of ancestral polymorphisms. Recently, methods have been developed for the explicit estimation of species trees, using information from multilocus gene trees while accommodating heterogeneity among them. Here we have used three distinct approaches to estimate the species tree for five Phytophthora pathogens, including P. infestans, the causal agent of late blight disease in potato and tomato. Our concatenation-based “supergene” approach was unable to resolve relationships even with data from both the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes, and from multiple isolates per species. Our multispecies coalescent approach using both Bayesian and maximum likelihood methods was able to estimate a moderately supported species tree showing a close relationship among P. infestans, P. andina, and P. ipomoeae. The topology of the species tree was also identical to the dominant phylogenetic history estimated in our third approach, Bayesian concordance analysis. Our results support previous suggestions that P. andina is a hybrid species, with P. infestans representing one parental lineage. The other parental lineage is not known, but represents an independent evolutionary lineage more closely related to P. ipomoeae. While all five species likely originated in the New World, further study is needed to determine when and under what conditions this hybridization event may have occurred. PMID:22615869

  14. A Bayesian Supertree Model for Genome-Wide Species Tree Reconstruction.

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    De Oliveira Martins, Leonardo; Mallo, Diego; Posada, David

    2016-05-01

    Current phylogenomic data sets highlight the need for species tree methods able to deal with several sources of gene tree/species tree incongruence. At the same time, we need to make most use of all available data. Most species tree methods deal with single processes of phylogenetic discordance, namely, gene duplication and loss, incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) or horizontal gene transfer. In this manuscript, we address the problem of species tree inference from multilocus, genome-wide data sets regardless of the presence of gene duplication and loss and ILS therefore without the need to identify orthologs or to use a single individual per species. We do this by extending the idea of Maximum Likelihood (ML) supertrees to a hierarchical Bayesian model where several sources of gene tree/species tree disagreement can be accounted for in a modular manner. We implemented this model in a computer program called guenomu whose inputs are posterior distributions of unrooted gene tree topologies for multiple gene families, and whose output is the posterior distribution of rooted species tree topologies. We conducted extensive simulations to evaluate the performance of our approach in comparison with other species tree approaches able to deal with more than one leaf from the same species. Our method ranked best under simulated data sets, in spite of ignoring branch lengths, and performed well on empirical data, as well as being fast enough to analyze relatively large data sets. Our Bayesian supertree method was also very successful in obtaining better estimates of gene trees, by reducing the uncertainty in their distributions. In addition, our results show that under complex simulation scenarios, gene tree parsimony is also a competitive approach once we consider its speed, in contrast to more sophisticated models. PMID:25281847

  15. Remnant trees affect species composition but not structure of tropical second-growth forest.

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    Sandor, Manette E; Chazdon, Robin L

    2014-01-01

    Remnant trees, spared from cutting when tropical forests are cleared for agriculture or grazing, act as nuclei of forest regeneration following field abandonment. Previous studies on remnant trees were primarily conducted in active pasture or old fields abandoned in the previous 2-3 years, and focused on structure and species richness of regenerating forest, but not species composition. Our study is among the first to investigate the effects of remnant trees on neighborhood forest structure, biodiversity, and species composition 20 years post-abandonment. We compared the woody vegetation around individual remnant trees to nearby plots without remnant trees in the same second-growth forests ("control plots"). Forest structure beneath remnant trees did not differ significantly from control plots. Species richness and species diversity were significantly higher around remnant trees. The species composition around remnant trees differed significantly from control plots and more closely resembled the species composition of nearby old-growth forest. The proportion of old-growth specialists and generalists around remnant trees was significantly greater than in control plots. Although previous studies show that remnant trees may initially accelerate secondary forest growth, we found no evidence that they locally affect stem density, basal area, and seedling density at later stages of regrowth. Remnant trees do, however, have a clear effect on the species diversity, composition, and ecological groups of the surrounding woody vegetation, even after 20 years of forest regeneration. To accelerate the return of diversity and old-growth forest species into regrowing forest on abandoned land, landowners should be encouraged to retain remnant trees in agricultural or pastoral fields. PMID:24454700

  16. A Bayesian Supertree Model for Genome-Wide Species Tree Reconstruction

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    De Oliveira Martins, Leonardo; Mallo, Diego; Posada, David

    2016-01-01

    Current phylogenomic data sets highlight the need for species tree methods able to deal with several sources of gene tree/species tree incongruence. At the same time, we need to make most use of all available data. Most species tree methods deal with single processes of phylogenetic discordance, namely, gene duplication and loss, incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) or horizontal gene transfer. In this manuscript, we address the problem of species tree inference from multilocus, genome-wide data sets regardless of the presence of gene duplication and loss and ILS therefore without the need to identify orthologs or to use a single individual per species. We do this by extending the idea of Maximum Likelihood (ML) supertrees to a hierarchical Bayesian model where several sources of gene tree/species tree disagreement can be accounted for in a modular manner. We implemented this model in a computer program called guenomu whose inputs are posterior distributions of unrooted gene tree topologies for multiple gene families, and whose output is the posterior distribution of rooted species tree topologies. We conducted extensive simulations to evaluate the performance of our approach in comparison with other species tree approaches able to deal with more than one leaf from the same species. Our method ranked best under simulated data sets, in spite of ignoring branch lengths, and performed well on empirical data, as well as being fast enough to analyze relatively large data sets. Our Bayesian supertree method was also very successful in obtaining better estimates of gene trees, by reducing the uncertainty in their distributions. In addition, our results show that under complex simulation scenarios, gene tree parsimony is also a competitive approach once we consider its speed, in contrast to more sophisticated models. PMID:25281847

  17. Remnant Trees Affect Species Composition but Not Structure of Tropical Second-Growth Forest

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    Sandor, Manette E.; Chazdon, Robin L.

    2014-01-01

    Remnant trees, spared from cutting when tropical forests are cleared for agriculture or grazing, act as nuclei of forest regeneration following field abandonment. Previous studies on remnant trees were primarily conducted in active pasture or old fields abandoned in the previous 2–3 years, and focused on structure and species richness of regenerating forest, but not species composition. Our study is among the first to investigate the effects of remnant trees on neighborhood forest structure, biodiversity, and species composition 20 years post-abandonment. We compared the woody vegetation around individual remnant trees to nearby plots without remnant trees in the same second-growth forests (“control plots”). Forest structure beneath remnant trees did not differ significantly from control plots. Species richness and species diversity were significantly higher around remnant trees. The species composition around remnant trees differed significantly from control plots and more closely resembled the species composition of nearby old-growth forest. The proportion of old-growth specialists and generalists around remnant trees was significantly greater than in control plots. Although previous studies show that remnant trees may initially accelerate secondary forest growth, we found no evidence that they locally affect stem density, basal area, and seedling density at later stages of regrowth. Remnant trees do, however, have a clear effect on the species diversity, composition, and ecological groups of the surrounding woody vegetation, even after 20 years of forest regeneration. To accelerate the return of diversity and old-growth forest species into regrowing forest on abandoned land, landowners should be encouraged to retain remnant trees in agricultural or pastoral fields. PMID:24454700

  18. Measuring and Modeling Interspecies Competition of Tree Species in Logged Boreal Mixed Forests

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    Martin, J.; Plaut, J.; Gower, S. T.; Weber, J.

    2001-12-01

    Forest tree species strongly affect biogeochemical cycles, and the differences are especially pronounced between evergreen and deciduous trees. Many boreal forests are mixed stands containing evergreen and deciduous species. The balance of evergreen and deciduous species changes during succession, yet most biogeochemical field studies and process models ignore mixed stands. The objective of the study was to determine the successional trends of tree species for a boreal logging age sequence in northern Manitoba. The experimental design consisted of eight replicate plots in four different-aged stands that originated from clearcut harvests in 1935 (mature), 1971, 1983, 1990. Dominant tree species were trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides), jack pine (Pinus banksiana), and black spruce (Picea mariana). Six trees of each major tree species were harvested and diameter * height growth relationships were determined by analyzing radial growth of stem disks collected every 0.25 m up the stem. Trembling aspen was the dominant tree species in the younger stands (1983, 1990) while jack pine and black spruce were the dominant tree species in the older stands (1971, mature). Annual growth rings of jack pine and trembling aspen decreased with age and annual radial growth of black spruce increased with stand age. The relationship of annual radial growth with stand age for the three species is discussed in relation to canopy architecture and biogeochemical cycles.

  19. The contribution of seed dispersers to tree species diversity in tropical rainforests.

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    Kakishima, Satoshi; Morita, Satoru; Yoshida, Katsuhiko; Ishida, Atsushi; Hayashi, Saki; Asami, Takahiro; Ito, Hiromu; Miller, Donald G; Uehara, Takashi; Mori, Shigeta; Hasegawa, Eisuke; Matsuura, Kenji; Kasuya, Eiiti; Yoshimura, Jin

    2015-10-01

    Tropical rainforests are known for their extreme biodiversity, posing a challenging problem in tropical ecology. Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the diversity of tree species, yet our understanding of this phenomenon remains incomplete. Here, we consider the contribution of animal seed dispersers to the species diversity of trees. We built a multi-layer lattice model of trees whose animal seed dispersers are allowed to move only in restricted areas to disperse the tree seeds. We incorporated the effects of seed dispersers in the traditional theory of allopatric speciation on a geological time scale. We modified the lattice model to explicitly examine the coexistence of new tree species and the resulting high biodiversity. The results indicate that both the coexistence and diversified evolution of tree species can be explained by the introduction of animal seed dispersers. PMID:26587246

  20. The contribution of seed dispersers to tree species diversity in tropical rainforests

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    Kakishima, Satoshi; Morita, Satoru; Yoshida, Katsuhiko; Ishida, Atsushi; Hayashi, Saki; Asami, Takahiro; Ito, Hiromu; Miller, Donald G.; Uehara, Takashi; Mori, Shigeta; Hasegawa, Eisuke; Matsuura, Kenji; Kasuya, Eiiti; Yoshimura, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Tropical rainforests are known for their extreme biodiversity, posing a challenging problem in tropical ecology. Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the diversity of tree species, yet our understanding of this phenomenon remains incomplete. Here, we consider the contribution of animal seed dispersers to the species diversity of trees. We built a multi-layer lattice model of trees whose animal seed dispersers are allowed to move only in restricted areas to disperse the tree seeds. We incorporated the effects of seed dispersers in the traditional theory of allopatric speciation on a geological time scale. We modified the lattice model to explicitly examine the coexistence of new tree species and the resulting high biodiversity. The results indicate that both the coexistence and diversified evolution of tree species can be explained by the introduction of animal seed dispersers. PMID:26587246

  1. Landscape Variation in Tree Species Richness in Northern Iran Forests

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    Bourque, Charles P.-A.; Bayat, Mahmoud

    2015-01-01

    Mapping landscape variation in tree species richness (SR) is essential to the long term management and conservation of forest ecosystems. The current study examines the prospect of mapping field assessments of SR in a high-elevation, deciduous forest in northern Iran as a function of 16 biophysical variables representative of the area’s unique physiography, including topography and coastal placement, biophysical environment, and forests. Basic to this study is the development of moderate-resolution biophysical surfaces and associated plot-estimates for 202 permanent sampling plots. The biophysical variables include: (i) three topographic variables generated directly from the area’s digital terrain model; (ii) four ecophysiologically-relevant variables derived from process models or from first principles; and (iii) seven variables of Landsat-8-acquired surface reflectance and two, of surface radiance. With symbolic regression, it was shown that only four of the 16 variables were needed to explain 85% of observed plot-level variation in SR (i.e., wind velocity, surface reflectance of blue light, and topographic wetness indices representative of soil water content), yielding mean-absolute and root-mean-squared error of 0.50 and 0.78, respectively. Overall, localised calculations of wind velocity and surface reflectance of blue light explained about 63% of observed variation in SR, with wind velocity accounting for 51% of that variation. The remaining 22% was explained by linear combinations of soil-water-related topographic indices and associated thresholds. In general, SR and diversity tended to be greatest for plots dominated by Carpinus betulus (involving ≥ 33% of all trees in a plot), than by Fagus orientalis (median difference of one species). This study provides a significant step towards describing landscape variation in SR as a function of modelled and satellite-based information and symbolic regression. Methods in this study are sufficiently general to be applicable to the characterisation of SR in other forested regions of the world, providing plot-scale data are available for model generation. PMID:25849029

  2. The description of Paramblynotus delaneyi (Hymenoptera: Liopteridae), a new species from Joshua Tree National Park

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    A new species, Paramblynotus delaneyi (Hymenoptera: Liopteridae), is described and characters separating it from the Nearctic species P. zonatus Weld and P. virginianus Liu are discussed. A discussion of the insect biodiversity survey at Joshua Tree National Park is provided....

  3. ECOLOGICAL RESPONSE SURFACES FOR NORTH AMERICAN BOREAL TREE SPECIES AND THEIR USE IN FOREST CLASSIFICATION

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    Empirical ecological response surfaces were derived for eight dominant tree species in the boreal forest region of Canada. tepwise logistic regression was used to model species dominance as a response to five climatic predictor variables. he predictor variables (annual snowfall, ...

  4. Indicator species of essential forest tree species in the Burdur district.

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    Negiz, Mehmet Güvenç; Eser, Yunus; Kuzugüdenll, Emre; Izkan, Kürşad

    2015-01-01

    The forests of Burdur district for long have been subjected to over grazing and individual selection. As a result of this, majority of the forest areas in the district were degraded. In the district, afforestation efforts included majority of forestry implementations. It is well known that selecting suitable species plays an important role for achieving afforestation efforts. In this context, knowing the indicator species among the target species would be used in afforestation efforts, studies on the interrelationships between environmental factors and target species distribution is vital for selecting suitable species for a given area. In this study, Anatolian Black pine (Pinus nigra), Red pine (Pinus brutia), Crimean juniper (Juniperus excelsa) and Taurus cedar (Cedrus libani), essential tree species, were considered as target species. The data taken from 100 sample plots in Burdur district was used. Interspecific correlation analysis was performed to determine the positive and negative indicator species among each of the target species. As a result of ICA, 2 positive (Berberis crataegina, Juniperus oxycedrus), 2 negative (Phillyrea latifolia, Quercus coccifera) for Crimean Juniper, I positive (Juniperus oxycedrus), 3 negative (Onopordium acanthium, Fraxinus ornus, Phillyrea latifolia) for Anatolian black pine, 3 positive (Paliurus spina-christi, Quercus coccifer, Crataegus orientalis), 2 negative (Berberis crataegina, Astragalus nanus) for Red pine and 3 positive (Berberis crataegina, Rhamnus oleoides, Astragalus prusianus) 2 negative (Paliurus spina-christi, Quercus cerris) for Taurus cedarwere defined as indicator plant species. In this way, practical information was obtained for selecting the most suitable species, among the target species, for afforestation efforts in Burdur district. PMID:26591889

  5. Spatial Distribution Patterns in the Very Rare and Species-Rich Picea chihuahuana Tree Community (Mexico).

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    Wehenkel, Christian; Brazão-Protázio, João Marcelo; Carrillo-Parra, Artemio; Martínez-Guerrero, José Hugo; Crecente-Campo, Felipe

    2015-01-01

    The very rare Mexican Picea chihuahuana tree community covers an area of no more than 300 ha in the Sierra Madre Occidental. This special tree community has been the subject of several studies aimed at learning more about the genetic structure and ecology of the species and the potential effects of climate change. The spatial distribution of trees is a result of many ecological processes and can affect the degree of competition between neighbouring trees, tree density, variability in size and distribution, regeneration, survival, growth, mortality, crown formation and the biological diversity within forest communities. Numerous scale-dependent measures have been established in order to describe spatial forest structure. The overall aim of most of these studies has been to obtain data to help design preservation and conservation strategies. In this study, we examined the spatial distribution pattern of trees in the P. chihuahuana tree community in 12 localities, in relation to i) tree stand density, ii) diameter distribution (vertical structure), iii) tree species diversity, iv) geographical latitude and v) tree dominance at a fine scale (in 0.25 ha plots), with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the complex ecosystem processes and biological diversity. Because of the strongly mixed nature of this tree community, which often produces low population densities of each tree species and random tree fall gaps caused by tree death, we expect aggregated patterns in individual Picea chihuahuana trees and in the P. chihuahuana tree community, repulsive Picea patterns to other tree species and repulsive patterns of young to adult trees. Each location was represented by one plot of 50 x 50 m (0.25 ha) established in the centre of the tree community. The findings demonstrate that the hypothesis of aggregated tree pattern is not applicable to the mean pattern measured by Clark-Evans index, Uniform Angle index and Mean Directional index of the uneven-aged P. chihuahuana trees and P. chihuahuana tree community and but to specific spatial scales measured by the univariate L-function. The spatial distribution pattern of P. chihuahuana trees was found to be independent of patches of other tree species measured by the bivariate L-function. The spatial distribution was not significantly related to tree density, diameter distribution or tree species diversity. The index of Clark and Evans decreased significantly from the southern to northern plots containing all tree species. Self-thinning due to intra and inter-specific competition-induced mortality is probably the main cause of the decrease in aggregation intensity during the course of population development in this tree community. We recommend the use of larger sampling plots (> 0.25 ha) in uneven-aged and species-rich forest ecosystems to detect less obvious, but important, relationships between spatial tree pattern and functioning and diversity in these forests. PMID:26496189

  6. Spatial Distribution Patterns in the Very Rare and Species-Rich Picea chihuahuana Tree Community (Mexico)

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    Wehenkel, Christian; Brazão-Protázio, João Marcelo; Carrillo-Parra, Artemio; Martínez-Guerrero, José Hugo; Crecente-Campo, Felipe

    2015-01-01

    The very rare Mexican Picea chihuahuana tree community covers an area of no more than 300 ha in the Sierra Madre Occidental. This special tree community has been the subject of several studies aimed at learning more about the genetic structure and ecology of the species and the potential effects of climate change. The spatial distribution of trees is a result of many ecological processes and can affect the degree of competition between neighbouring trees, tree density, variability in size and distribution, regeneration, survival, growth, mortality, crown formation and the biological diversity within forest communities. Numerous scale-dependent measures have been established in order to describe spatial forest structure. The overall aim of most of these studies has been to obtain data to help design preservation and conservation strategies. In this study, we examined the spatial distribution pattern of trees in the P. chihuahuana tree community in 12 localities, in relation to i) tree stand density, ii) diameter distribution (vertical structure), iii) tree species diversity, iv) geographical latitude and v) tree dominance at a fine scale (in 0.25 ha plots), with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the complex ecosystem processes and biological diversity. Because of the strongly mixed nature of this tree community, which often produces low population densities of each tree species and random tree fall gaps caused by tree death, we expect aggregated patterns in individual Picea chihuahuana trees and in the P. chihuahuana tree community, repulsive Picea patterns to other tree species and repulsive patterns of young to adult trees. Each location was represented by one plot of 50 x 50 m (0.25 ha) established in the centre of the tree community. The findings demonstrate that the hypothesis of aggregated tree pattern is not applicable to the mean pattern measured by Clark-Evans index, Uniform Angle index and Mean Directional index of the uneven-aged P. chihuahuana trees and P. chihuahuana tree community and but to specific spatial scales measured by the univariate L-function. The spatial distribution pattern of P. chihuahuana trees was found to be independent of patches of other tree species measured by the bivariate L-function. The spatial distribution was not significantly related to tree density, diameter distribution or tree species diversity. The index of Clark and Evans decreased significantly from the southern to northern plots containing all tree species. Self-thinning due to intra and inter-specific competition-induced mortality is probably the main cause of the decrease in aggregation intensity during the course of population development in this tree community. We recommend the use of larger sampling plots (> 0.25 ha) in uneven-aged and species-rich forest ecosystems to detect less obvious, but important, relationships between spatial tree pattern and functioning and diversity in these forests. PMID:26496189

  7. Characterizing tropical tree species growth strategies: learning from inter-individual variability and scale invariance.

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    Le Bec, Jimmy; Courbaud, Benoit; Le Moguédec, Gilles; Pélissier, Raphaël

    2015-01-01

    Understanding how tropical tree species differ in their growth strategies is critical to predict forest dynamics and assess species coexistence. Although tree growth is highly variable in tropical forests, species maximum growth is often considered as a major axis synthesizing species strategies, with fast-growing pioneer and slow-growing shade tolerant species as emblematic representatives. We used a hierarchical linear mixed model and 21-years long tree diameter increment series in a monsoon forest of the Western Ghats, India, to characterize species growth strategies and question whether maximum growth summarizes these strategies. We quantified both species responses to biotic and abiotic factors and individual tree effects unexplained by these factors. Growth responses to competition and tree size appeared highly variable among species which led to reversals in performance ranking along those two gradients. However, species-specific responses largely overlapped due to large unexplained variability resulting mostly from inter-individual growth differences consistent over time. On average one-third of the variability captured by our model was explained by covariates. This emphasizes the high dimensionality of the tree growth process, i.e. the fact that trees differ in many dimensions (genetics, life history) influencing their growth response to environmental gradients, some being unmeasured or unmeasurable. In addition, intraspecific variability increased as a power function of species maximum growth partly as a result of higher absolute responses of fast-growing species to competition and tree size. However, covariates explained on average the same proportion of intraspecific variability for slow- and fast-growing species, which showed the same range of relative responses to competition and tree size. These results reflect a scale invariance of the growth process, underlining that slow- and fast-growing species exhibit the same range of growth strategies. PMID:25756212

  8. Characterizing Tropical Tree Species Growth Strategies: Learning from Inter-Individual Variability and Scale Invariance

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    Le Bec, Jimmy; Courbaud, Benoit; Le Moguédec, Gilles; Pélissier, Raphaël

    2015-01-01

    Understanding how tropical tree species differ in their growth strategies is critical to predict forest dynamics and assess species coexistence. Although tree growth is highly variable in tropical forests, species maximum growth is often considered as a major axis synthesizing species strategies, with fast-growing pioneer and slow-growing shade tolerant species as emblematic representatives. We used a hierarchical linear mixed model and 21-years long tree diameter increment series in a monsoon forest of the Western Ghats, India, to characterize species growth strategies and question whether maximum growth summarizes these strategies. We quantified both species responses to biotic and abiotic factors and individual tree effects unexplained by these factors. Growth responses to competition and tree size appeared highly variable among species which led to reversals in performance ranking along those two gradients. However, species-specific responses largely overlapped due to large unexplained variability resulting mostly from inter-individual growth differences consistent over time. On average one-third of the variability captured by our model was explained by covariates. This emphasizes the high dimensionality of the tree growth process, i.e. the fact that trees differ in many dimensions (genetics, life history) influencing their growth response to environmental gradients, some being unmeasured or unmeasurable. In addition, intraspecific variability increased as a power function of species maximum growth partly as a result of higher absolute responses of fast-growing species to competition and tree size. However, covariates explained on average the same proportion of intraspecific variability for slow- and fast-growing species, which showed the same range of relative responses to competition and tree size. These results reflect a scale invariance of the growth process, underlining that slow- and fast-growing species exhibit the same range of growth strategies. PMID:25756212

  9. The Relationship between Species Diversity and Genetic Structure in the Rare Picea chihuahuana Tree Species Community, Mexico

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    Simental-Rodríguez, Sergio Leonel; Quiñones-Pérez, Carmen Zulema; Moya, Daniel; Hernández-Tecles, Enrique; López-Sánchez, Carlos Antonio; Wehenkel, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Species diversity and genetic diversity, the most basic elements of biodiversity, have long been treated as separate topics, although populations evolve within a community context. Recent studies on community genetics and ecology have suggested that genetic diversity is not completely independent of species diversity. The Mexican Picea chihuahuana Martínez is an endemic species listed as “Endangered” on the Red List. Forty populations of Chihuahua spruce have been identified. This species is often associated with tree species of eight genera in gallery forests. This rare Picea chihuahuana tree community covers an area no more than 300 ha and has been subject of several studies involving different topics such as ecology, genetic structure and climate change. The overall aim of these studies was to obtain a dataset for developing management tools to help decision makers implement preservation and conservation strategies. However, this unique forest tree community may also represent an excellent subject for helping us to understand the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes in determining community structure and dynamics. The AFLP technique and species composition data were used together to test the hypothesis that species diversity is related to the adaptive genetic structure of some dominant tree species (Picea chihuahuana, Pinus strobiformis, Pseudotsuga menziesii and Populus tremuloides) of the Picea chihuahuana tree community at fourteen locations. The Hill numbers were used as a diversity measure. The results revealed a significant correlation between tree species diversity and genetic structure in Populus tremuloides. Because the relationship between the two levels of diversity was found to be positive for the putative adaptive AFLP detected, genetic and species structures of the tree community were possibly simultaneously adapted to a combination of ecological or environmental factors. The present findings indicate that interactions between genetic variants and species diversity may be crucial in shaping tree communities. PMID:25375134

  10. The relationship between species diversity and genetic structure in the rare Picea chihuahuana tree species community, Mexico.

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    Simental-Rodríguez, Sergio Leonel; Quiñones-Pérez, Carmen Zulema; Moya, Daniel; Hernández-Tecles, Enrique; López-Sánchez, Carlos Antonio; Wehenkel, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Species diversity and genetic diversity, the most basic elements of biodiversity, have long been treated as separate topics, although populations evolve within a community context. Recent studies on community genetics and ecology have suggested that genetic diversity is not completely independent of species diversity. The Mexican Picea chihuahuana Martínez is an endemic species listed as "Endangered" on the Red List. Forty populations of Chihuahua spruce have been identified. This species is often associated with tree species of eight genera in gallery forests. This rare Picea chihuahuana tree community covers an area no more than 300 ha and has been subject of several studies involving different topics such as ecology, genetic structure and climate change. The overall aim of these studies was to obtain a dataset for developing management tools to help decision makers implement preservation and conservation strategies. However, this unique forest tree community may also represent an excellent subject for helping us to understand the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes in determining community structure and dynamics. The AFLP technique and species composition data were used together to test the hypothesis that species diversity is related to the adaptive genetic structure of some dominant tree species (Picea chihuahuana, Pinus strobiformis, Pseudotsuga menziesii and Populus tremuloides) of the Picea chihuahuana tree community at fourteen locations. The Hill numbers were used as a diversity measure. The results revealed a significant correlation between tree species diversity and genetic structure in Populus tremuloides. Because the relationship between the two levels of diversity was found to be positive for the putative adaptive AFLP detected, genetic and species structures of the tree community were possibly simultaneously adapted to a combination of ecological or environmental factors. The present findings indicate that interactions between genetic variants and species diversity may be crucial in shaping tree communities. PMID:25375134

  11. [Atmospheric Particle Retaining Function of Common Deciduous Tree Species Leaves in Beijing].

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    Wang, Bing; Wang, Xiao-yan; Niu, Xiang; Zhang, Wei-kang; Wang, Jin-song

    2015-06-01

    In order to explore the atmospheric particle-retaining function of common deciduous tree species leaves in Beijing, six typical tree species (Populus, Robinia pseudoacacia, Koelreuteria paniculata, Salix babylonica, Acer truncatum, Ginkgo biloba) were chosen to measure retaining amount of unit leaf area of air total suspended particles (TSP), coarse particles and fine particulate with aerosol generator (QRJZFSQ-I). The results showed that (1) All six tree species leaves had a certain level of retaining ability to different sizes of atmospheric particles, and different species exhibited some differences. For different sizes of atmospheric particle, retaining amounts of unit leaf area were higher in Koelreuteria paniculata and Robinia pseudoacacia than those of other four species, and the amount of Populus was the lowest among all tree species; (2) The retaining amount of unit leaf area for different tree species was not entirely increased with sampling time. The retaining amounts of TSP and coarse particles for all tree species on the eighth day after rain were significantly higher than those on the fifth day after rain, however, the retaining amount of fine particles was not significantly different under different sampling times. In order to select deciduous tree species for ecological management of air pollution in Beijing, Koelreuteria paniculata should be considered as the priority, followed by Robinia pseudoacacia, compared with Ginkgo biloba, Salix babylonica, Acer truncatum and Populus. PMID:26387301

  12. Fast and consistent estimation of species trees using supermatrix rooted triples.

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    DeGiorgio, Michael; Degnan, James H

    2010-03-01

    Concatenated sequence alignments are often used to infer species-level relationships. Previous studies have shown that analysis of concatenated data using maximum likelihood (ML) can produce misleading results when loci have differing gene tree topologies due to incomplete lineage sorting. Here, we develop a polynomial time method that utilizes the modified mincut supertree algorithm to construct an estimated species tree from inferred rooted triples of concatenated alignments. We term this method SuperMatrix Rooted Triple (SMRT) and use the notation SMRT-ML when rooted triples are inferred by ML. We use simulations to investigate the performance of SMRT-ML under Jukes-Cantor and general time-reversible substitution models for four- and five-taxon species trees and also apply the method to an empirical data set of yeast genes. We find that SMRT-ML converges to the correct species tree in many cases in which ML on the full concatenated data set fails to do so. SMRT-ML can be conservative in that its output tree is often partially unresolved for problematic clades. We show analytically that when the species tree is clocklike and mutations occur under the Cavender-Farris-Neyman substitution model, as the number of genes increases, SMRT-ML is increasingly likely to infer the correct species tree even when the most likely gene tree does not match the species tree. SMRT-ML is therefore a computationally efficient and statistically consistent estimator of the species tree when gene trees are distributed according to the multispecies coalescent model. PMID:19833741

  13. Species-specific effects on throughfall kinetic energy below 12 subtropical tree species are related to leaf traits and tree architecture

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    Goebes, Philipp; Seitz, Steffen; Kühn, Peter; Kröber, Wenzel; Bruelheide, Helge; Li, Ying; von Oheimb, Goddert; Scholten, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Soil erosion impacts environmental systems widely, especially in subtropical China where high erosion rates occur. The comprehension about the mechanisms that induce soil erosion on agricultural land is broad, but erosion processes below forests are only rarely understood. Especially throughfall kinetic energy (TKE) is influenced by forests and their structure as well as their succession in many ways. Today, many forests are monoculture tree stands due to economic reasons by providing timber, fuel and pulp wood. Therefore, this study investigates the role of different monoculture forest stands on TKE that were afforestated in 2008. The main questions are: Is TKE species-specific? What are characteristic leaf traits and tree architectural parameters that induce a species-specific effect on TKE and by what extend do they contribute to a mediation of species-specific effects on TKE? We measured TKE of 12 different species in subtropical China using sand-filled splash cups during five rainfall events in summer 2013. In addition, 14 leaf traits and tree architectural parameters were registered to link species-specific effects on TKE to vegetation parameters. Our results show that TKE is highly species-specific. Highest TKE was found below Choerospondias axillaris and Sapindus mukorossi, while Schima superba showed lowest TKE. The latter species can be regarded as key species for reduced erosion occurrence. This species effect is mediated by leaf habit, leaf area, leaf pinnation, leaf margin, tree ground diameter, crown base height, tree height, number of branches and LAI as biotic factors and rainfall amount as abiotic factor. Moreover, leaf habit, tree height and LA show high effect sizes on TKE and can be considered as major drivers evoking TKE differences below vegetation.

  14. Surface Water Storage Capacity of Twenty Tree Species in Davis, California.

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    Xiao, Qingfu; McPherson, E Gregory

    2016-01-01

    Urban forestry is an important green infrastructure strategy because healthy trees can intercept rainfall, reducing stormwater runoff and pollutant loading. Surface saturation storage capacity, defined as the thin film of water that must wet tree surfaces before flow begins, is the most important variable influencing rainfall interception processes. Surface storage capacity is known to vary widely among tree species, but it is little studied. This research measured surface storage capacities of 20 urban tree species in a rainfall simulator. The measurement system included a rainfall simulator, digital balance, digital camera, and computer. Eight samples were randomly collected from each tree species. Twelve rainfall intensities (3.5-139.5 mm h) were simulated. Leaf-on and leaf-off simulations were conducted for deciduous species. Stem and foliar surface areas were estimated using an image analysis method. Results indicated that surface storage capacities varied threefold among tree species, 0.59 mm for crape myrtle ( L.) and 1.81 mm for blue spruce ( Engelm.). The mean value across all species was 0.86 mm (0.11 mm SD). To illustrate application of the storage values, interception was simulated and compared across species for a 40-yr period with different rainfall intensities and durations. By quantifying the potential for different tree species to intercept rainfall under a variety of meteorological conditions, this study provides new knowledge that is fundamental to validating the cost-effectiveness of urban forestry as a green infrastructure strategy and designing functional plantings. PMID:26828174

  15. No evidence for consistent long-term growth stimulation of 13 tropical tree species: results from tree-ring analysis.

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    Groenendijk, Peter; van der Sleen, Peter; Vlam, Mart; Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh; Bongers, Frans; Zuidema, Pieter A

    2015-10-01

    The important role of tropical forests in the global carbon cycle makes it imperative to assess changes in their carbon dynamics for accurate projections of future climate-vegetation feedbacks. Forest monitoring studies conducted over the past decades have found evidence for both increasing and decreasing growth rates of tropical forest trees. The limited duration of these studies restrained analyses to decadal scales, and it is still unclear whether growth changes occurred over longer time scales, as would be expected if CO2 -fertilization stimulated tree growth. Furthermore, studies have so far dealt with changes in biomass gain at forest-stand level, but insights into species-specific growth changes - that ultimately determine community-level responses - are lacking. Here, we analyse species-specific growth changes on a centennial scale, using growth data from tree-ring analysis for 13 tree species (~1300 trees), from three sites distributed across the tropics. We used an established (regional curve standardization) and a new (size-class isolation) growth-trend detection method and explicitly assessed the influence of biases on the trend detection. In addition, we assessed whether aggregated trends were present within and across study sites. We found evidence for decreasing growth rates over time for 8-10 species, whereas increases were noted for two species and one showed no trend. Additionally, we found evidence for weak aggregated growth decreases at the site in Thailand and when analysing all sites simultaneously. The observed growth reductions suggest deteriorating growth conditions, perhaps due to warming. However, other causes cannot be excluded, such as recovery from large-scale disturbances or changing forest dynamics. Our findings contrast growth patterns that would be expected if elevated CO2 would stimulate tree growth. These results suggest that commonly assumed growth increases of tropical forests may not occur, which could lead to erroneous predictions of carbon dynamics of tropical forest under climate change. PMID:25917997

  16. Phylogenomic species tree estimation in the presence of incomplete lineage sorting and horizontal gene transfer

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    2015-01-01

    Background Species tree estimation is challenged by gene tree heterogeneity resulting from biological processes such as duplication and loss, hybridization, incomplete lineage sorting (ILS), and horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Mathematical theory about reconstructing species trees in the presence of HGT alone or ILS alone suggests that quartet-based species tree methods (known to be statistically consistent under ILS, or under bounded amounts of HGT) might be effective techniques for estimating species trees when both HGT and ILS are present. Results We evaluated several publicly available coalescent-based methods and concatenation under maximum likelihood on simulated datasets with moderate ILS and varying levels of HGT. Our study shows that two quartet-based species tree estimation methods (ASTRAL-2 and weighted Quartets MaxCut) are both highly accurate, even on datasets with high rates of HGT. In contrast, although NJst and concatenation using maximum likelihood are highly accurate under low HGT, they are less robust to high HGT rates. Conclusion Our study shows that quartet-based species-tree estimation methods can be highly accurate under the presence of both HGT and ILS. The study suggests the possibility that some quartet-based methods might be statistically consistent under phylogenomic models of gene tree heterogeneity with both HGT and ILS. PMID:26450506

  17. Soil magnetic susceptibility reflects soil moisture regimes and the adaptability of tree species to these regimes

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    Wang, J.-S.; Grimley, D.A.; Xu, C.; Dawson, J.O.

    2008-01-01

    Flooded, saturated or poorly drained soils are frequently anaerobic, leading to dissolution of the strongly magnetic minerals, magnetite and maghemite, and a corresponding decrease in soil magnetic susceptibility (MS). In this study of five temperate deciduous forests in east-central Illinois, USA, mean surface soil MS was significantly higher adjacent to upland tree species (31 ?? 10-5 SI) than adjacent to floodplain or lowland tree species (17 ?? 10-5 SI), when comparing regional soils with similar parent material of loessal silt. Although the sites differ in average soil MS for each tree species, the relative order of soil MS means for associated tree species at different locations is similar. Lowland tree species, Celtis occidentalis L., Ulmus americana L., Acer saccharinum L., Carya laciniosa (Michx. f.) Loud., and Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh. were associated with the lowest measured soil MS mean values overall and at each site. Tree species' flood tolerance rankings increased significantly, as soil MS values declined, the published rankings having significant correlations with soil MS values for the same species groups. The three published classifications of tree species' flood tolerance were significantly correlated with associated soil MS values at all sites, but most strongly at Allerton Park, the site with the widest range of soil drainage classes and MS values. Using soil MS measurements in forests with soil parent material containing similar initial levels of strongly magnetic minerals can provide a simple, rapid and quantitative method to classify soils according to hydric regimes, including dry conditions, and associated plant composition. Soil MS values thus have the capacity to quantify the continuum of hydric tolerances of tree species and guide tree species selection for reforestation. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Water-use Comparison of the Invasive Tree Species, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, and two Native Tree Species,Taxodium Distichum and Pinus Elliottii, in Southwest Florida

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    Knight, T. M.; Leisure, R. M.; Everham, E. M.; Bovard, B. D.

    2008-12-01

    Melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), an invasive tree species in southern Florida, is generally thought to have higher transpiration rates than the native vegetation, however little empirical data is available to support this claim. In this study, thermal dissipation probes were used to measure transpiration rates of the three species growing in a hydric ecotone in southwest Florida. Transpiration rates of melaleuca, slash pine (Pinus elliottii), and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) were compared to assess seasonal variability between the wet and dry seasons. Individually trees of both bald cypress and slash pine showed significantly higher water fluxes than melaleuca (p<0.05). However, when individual tree fluxes were scaled to the ecosystem-level, melaleuca contributed 21% of the water flux and bald cypress contributed 72% during the wet season. Melaleuca's increased contribution at the landscape-level results from higher tree densities at our study site. Following leaf senescence in the early dry season, bald cypress continues to be a significant water user at the landscape level. With higher atmospheric demands for water, bald cypress was the least conservative of the three species with respect to water use, whereas on days with low atmospheric demands for water the three species function similarly. These results do not support the hypothesis that melaleuca uses more water than the native Florida tree species, however, they suggest the density of melaleuca at the landscape-scale is important in our understanding of its role in the hydrologic cycle.

  19. Effect of adenine sulphate interaction on growth and development of shoot regeneration and inhibition of shoot tip necrosis under in vitro condition in adult Syzygium cumini L.--a multipurpose tree.

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    Naaz, Afshan; Shahzad, Anwar; Anis, Mohammad

    2014-05-01

    An efficient method for cloning Syzygium cumini (above 40 years old) through mature nodal segments has been successfully developed and that could be exploited for large-scale production of this valuable multipurpose tree. Nodal segments from mature tree were taken as explants and cultured on MS basal medium with different cytokinins (BA, Kin, AdS). The application of BA proved to be the best responsive cytokinin for the induction of shoot buds and shoots, but the proliferated shoots exhibited slower and stunted growth accompanied with abscission of leaves and shoot tip necrosis (STN). The problem of leaf abscission and STN was considerably reduced by the application of an adjuvant, adenine sulphate (AdS) in the optimal medium which led to the production of a maximum of 14 shoots. Further improvement in shoot bud regeneration and improved growth pattern of the regenerating tissue was obtained on the media comprised of MS + BA (10 μM) + GA3 (2.5 μM). A total number of 15 shoots with mean shoot length of 5.9 cm was obtained. The healthy elongated shoots were then rooted on MS basal augmented with NAA (5 μM). The plantlets obtained were healthy and were successfully acclimatized and transferred under field condition with 70 % survival rate. PMID:24682901

  20. Population and species differences in treeline tree species germination in response to climate change

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    Kueppers, L. M.; Faist, A.; Castanha, C.

    2009-12-01

    The ability of plant species to recruit within and beyond their current geographic ranges in response to climate warming may be constrained by population differences in response. A number of studies have highlighted the degree to which genotype and environment are strongly linked in forest trees (i.e., provenances), but few studies have examined whether these local adaptations are at all predictive of population or species response to change. We report the results of lab germination experiments using high and low elevation populations of both limber pine (Pinus flexilis) and Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii), which are important treeline species in the Rocky Mountains. Seeds collected in 2008 were germinated under two different temperature regimes (ambient and +5°C) and two different moisture regimes, and followed for 17 weeks. For both species and source elevations, warmer temperatures advanced the timing of emergence by up to 20 days, whereas the effects of moisture were less consistent. At harvest, high elevation limber pine had less root and shoot biomass, and a slightly lower root:shoot ratio, under the +5°C treatment, whereas low elevation limber pine seedling mass was not sensitive to temperature. Whether these differences persist under field conditions will be tested in a field experiment now established at Niwot Ridge, CO. The ability to accurately predict tree seedling recruitment and ultimately shifts in treeline position with climate change will improve our ability to model changes in surface albedo, water cycling and carbon cycling, all of which can generate feedbacks to regional and global climate.

  1. Species-environment relationships and vegetation patterns: Effects of spatial scale and tree life-stage

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    Stohlgren, T.J.; Bachand, R.R.; Onami, Y.; Binkley, D.

    1998-01-01

    Do relationships between species and environmental gradients strengthen or weaken with tree life-stage (i.e., small seedlings, large seedlings, saplings, and mature trees)? Strengthened relationships may lead to distinct forest type boundaries, or weakening connections could lead to gradual ecotones and heterogeneous forest landscapes. We quantified the changes in forest dominance (basal area of tree species by life-stage) and environmental factors (elevation, slope, aspect, intercepted photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), summer soil moisture, and soil depth and texture) across 14 forest ecotones (n = 584, 10 m x 10 m plots) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, U.S.A. Local, ecotone-specific species-environment relationships, based on multiple regression techniques, generally strengthened from the small seedling stage (multiple R2 ranged from 0.00 to 0.26) to the tree stage (multiple R2 ranged from 0.20 to 0.61). At the landscape scale, combined canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) among species and for all tree life-stages suggested that the seedlings of most species became established in lower-elevation, drier sites than where mature trees of the same species dominated. However, conflicting evidence showed that species-environment relationships may weaken with tree life-stage. Seedlings were only found in a subset of plots (habitats) occupied by mature trees of the same species. At the landscape scale, CCA results showed that species-environment relationships weakened somewhat from the small seedling stage (86.4% of the variance explained by the first two axes) to the tree stage (76.6% of variance explained). The basal area of tree species co-occurring with Pinus contorta Doug. ex. Loud declined more gradually than P. contorta basal area declined across ecotones, resulting in less-distinct forest type boundaries. We conclude that broad, gradual ecotones and heterogeneous forest landscapes are created and maintained by: (1) sporadic establishment of seedlings in sub-optimal habitats; (2) survivorship of saplings and mature trees in a wider range of environmental conditions than seedlings presently endure; and (3) the longevity of trees and persistence of tree species in a broad range of soils, climates, and disturbance regimes.

  2. Tissue culture and top-fruit tree species.

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    Ochatt, S J; Davey, M R; Power, J B

    1990-01-01

    The commercial cultivation of rosaceous fruit trees (e.g., pear, apple, cherry, peach, plum) relies heavily upon the quality and performance of the rootstocks. This is even more the case now that self-rooted scions produce larger trees with a longer juvenile phase (1). It would, therefore, be of special interest for the fruit breeder to have general purpose rootstocks with a wide ecophysiological adaptation and high compatibility coupled with early cropping. In addition, many of the older and highly adapted scion varieties of fruit trees could benefit greatly from the introduction of stable, yet minor changes in their genome. Fruit trees are generally highly heterozygous, outbreeding, and thus are asexually propagated (see Chapter 10 , this vol.). Consequently, genetic improvement is likely to be based on protoplast technology, and achieved mainly through somatic methods, such as somaclonal variation or somatic hybridization. PMID:21390607

  3. Designing Mixed Species Tree Plantations for the Tropics: Balancing Ecological Attributes of Species with Landholder Preferences in the Philippines

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    Nguyen, Huong; Lamb, David; Herbohn, John; Firn, Jennifer

    2014-01-01

    A mixed species reforestation program known as the Rainforestation Farming system was undertaken in the Philippines to develop forms of farm forestry more suitable for smallholders than the simple monocultural plantations commonly used then. In this study, we describe the subsequent changes in stand structure and floristic composition of these plantations in order to learn from the experience and develop improved prescriptions for reforestation systems likely to be attractive to smallholders. We investigated stands aged from 6 to 11 years old on three successive occasions over a 6 year period. We found the number of species originally present in the plots as trees >5 cm dbh decreased from an initial total of 76 species to 65 species at the end of study period. But, at the same time, some new species reached the size class threshold and were recruited into the canopy layer. There was a substantial decline in tree density from an estimated stocking of about 5000 trees per ha at the time of planting to 1380 trees per ha at the time of the first measurement; the density declined by a further 4.9% per year. Changes in composition and stand structure were indicated by a marked shift in the Importance Value Index of species. Over six years, shade-intolerant species became less important and the native shade-tolerant species (often Dipterocarps) increased in importance. Based on how the Rainforestation Farming plantations developed in these early years, we suggest that mixed-species plantations elsewhere in the humid tropics should be around 1000 trees per ha or less, that the proportion of fast growing (and hence early maturing) trees should be about 30–40% of this initial density and that any fruit tree component should only be planted on the plantation margin where more light and space are available for crowns to develop. PMID:24751720

  4. Designing mixed species tree plantations for the tropics: balancing ecological attributes of species with landholder preferences in the Philippines.

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    Nguyen, Huong; Lamb, David; Herbohn, John; Firn, Jennifer

    2014-01-01

    A mixed species reforestation program known as the Rainforestation Farming system was undertaken in the Philippines to develop forms of farm forestry more suitable for smallholders than the simple monocultural plantations commonly used then. In this study, we describe the subsequent changes in stand structure and floristic composition of these plantations in order to learn from the experience and develop improved prescriptions for reforestation systems likely to be attractive to smallholders. We investigated stands aged from 6 to 11 years old on three successive occasions over a 6 year period. We found the number of species originally present in the plots as trees >5 cm dbh decreased from an initial total of 76 species to 65 species at the end of study period. But, at the same time, some new species reached the size class threshold and were recruited into the canopy layer. There was a substantial decline in tree density from an estimated stocking of about 5000 trees per ha at the time of planting to 1380 trees per ha at the time of the first measurement; the density declined by a further 4.9% per year. Changes in composition and stand structure were indicated by a marked shift in the Importance Value Index of species. Over six years, shade-intolerant species became less important and the native shade-tolerant species (often Dipterocarps) increased in importance. Based on how the Rainforestation Farming plantations developed in these early years, we suggest that mixed-species plantations elsewhere in the humid tropics should be around 1000 trees per ha or less, that the proportion of fast growing (and hence early maturing) trees should be about 30-40% of this initial density and that any fruit tree component should only be planted on the plantation margin where more light and space are available for crowns to develop. PMID:24751720

  5. Concatenation and Species Tree Methods Exhibit Statistically Indistinguishable Accuracy under a Range of Simulated Conditions

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    Tonini, João; Moore, Andrew; Stern, David; Shcheglovitova, Maryia; Ortí, Guillermo

    2015-01-01

    Phylogeneticists have long understood that several biological processes can cause a gene tree to disagree with its species tree. In recent years, molecular phylogeneticists have increasingly foregone traditional supermatrix approaches in favor of species tree methods that account for one such source of error, incomplete lineage sorting (ILS). While gene tree-species tree discordance no doubt poses a significant challenge to phylogenetic inference with molecular data, researchers have only recently begun to systematically evaluate the relative accuracy of traditional and ILS-sensitive methods. Here, we report on simulations demonstrating that concatenation can perform as well or better than methods that attempt to account for sources of error introduced by ILS. Based on these and similar results from other researchers, we argue that concatenation remains a useful component of the phylogeneticist’s toolbox and highlight that phylogeneticists should continue to make explicit comparisons of results produced by contemporaneous and classical methods. PMID:25901289

  6. Tree diversity and species identity effects on soil fungi, protists and animals are context dependent.

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    Tedersoo, Leho; Bahram, Mohammad; Cajthaml, Tomáš; Põlme, Sergei; Hiiesalu, Indrek; Anslan, Sten; Harend, Helery; Buegger, Franz; Pritsch, Karin; Koricheva, Julia; Abarenkov, Kessy

    2016-02-01

    Plant species richness and the presence of certain influential species (sampling effect) drive the stability and functionality of ecosystems as well as primary production and biomass of consumers. However, little is known about these floristic effects on richness and community composition of soil biota in forest habitats owing to methodological constraints. We developed a DNA metabarcoding approach to identify the major eukaryote groups directly from soil with roughly species-level resolution. Using this method, we examined the effects of tree diversity and individual tree species on soil microbial biomass and taxonomic richness of soil biota in two experimental study systems in Finland and Estonia and accounted for edaphic variables and spatial autocorrelation. Our analyses revealed that the effects of tree diversity and individual species on soil biota are largely context dependent. Multiple regression and structural equation modelling suggested that biomass, soil pH, nutrients and tree species directly affect richness of different taxonomic groups. The community composition of most soil organisms was strongly correlated due to similar response to environmental predictors rather than causal relationships. On a local scale, soil resources and tree species have stronger effect on diversity of soil biota than tree species richness per se. PMID:26172210

  7. Species- and site-specific impacts of an invasive herbivore on tree survival in mixed forests.

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    Holland, E Penelope; Gormley, Andrew M; Pech, Roger P

    2016-04-01

    Invasive herbivores are often managed to limit their negative impact on plant populations, but herbivore density - plant damage relationships are notoriously spatially and temporally variable. Site and species characteristics (both plant and herbivore) must be considered when assessing the potential for herbivore damage, making it difficult to set thresholds for efficient management. Using the invasive brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula in New Zealand as a case study, we parameterized a generic model to predict annual probability of browse-induced mortality of five tree species at 12 sites. We compared predicted and observed tree mortality for each species + site combination to establish herbivore abundance - tree mortality thresholds for each site on a single and combined tree species basis. Model results indicated it is likely that possum browse was the primary cause of all tree mortality at nine of the 12 species-site combinations, allowing us to estimate site-specific thresholds below which possum population numbers should be reduced and maintained to keep tree mortality under a predetermined level, for example 0.5% per year. The browse model can be used to set site- and species-specific management action thresholds, and can be adapted easily for other plant or herbivore species. Results for multiple plant or herbivore species at a single site can be combined to create conservative, site-wide management strategies, and used to: determine which sites will be affected most by changes in herbivore abundance; quantify thresholds for herbivore management; and justify expenditure on herbivore control. PMID:27066221

  8. Leapfrogging of tree species provenances? Interaction of microclimate and genetics on upward shifts in tree species' range limits

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    Reinhardt, K.; Castanha, C.; Germino, M. J.; Kueppers, L. M.

    2011-12-01

    The elevation limit of tree growth (alpine treeline) is considered to be constrained by environmental (i.e., thermal) and genetic (i.e., inability to adapt to climatic conditions) limitations to growth. Warming conditions due to climate change are predicted to cause upward shifts in the elevation of alpine treelines, through relief of cold-induced physiological limitations on seedling recruitment beyond current treeline boundaries. To determine how genetics and climate may interact to affect seedling establishment, we transplanted recently germinated seedlings from high- and low-elevation provenances (HI and LO, respectively) of Pinus flexilis in common gardens arrayed along an elevation and canopy gradient from subalpine forest into the alpine zone at Niwot Ridge, CO. We compared differences in microclimate and seedling ecophysiology among sites and between provenances. During the first summer of growth, frequently cloudy skies resulted in similar solar radiation incidence and air and soil temperatures among sites, despite nearly a 500 m-span in elevation across all sites. Preliminary findings suggest that survival of seedlings was similar between the lowest and highest elevations, with greater survival of LO (60%) compared to HI (40%) seedlings at each of these sites. Photosynthesis, carbon balance (photosynthesis/respiration), and conductance increased more than 2X with elevation for both provenances, and were 35-77% greater in LO seedlings compared to HI seedlings. There were no differences in dark-adapted chlorophyll fluorescence (Fv/Fm) among sites or between provenances. However, in a common-garden study at low elevation, we observed no differences in carbon or water relations between two naturally-germinated mitochondrial haplotypes of P. flexilis (of narrow and wide-ranging distributions). We did observe water-related thresholds on seedling carbon balance and survival that occurred when soil volumetric water content dropped below 10% and seedling water potentials went below -4 MPa. Our preliminary results suggest that for high-elevation conifer seedlings such as P. flexilis: 1) individuals can survive and even have enhanced physiological performance at and above treeline when/where clouds or other conditions minimize factors like cold-induced photoinhibition; 2) in the field, provenances selected for aboveground growth may out-perform those selected for stress-resistance in the absence of harsh climatic conditions, even well above the species' range limits in the alpine; 3) water, and not thermal, limitations might explain treeline altitude in this particular mountain range; 4) forest genetics may be important to understanding and managing species' range adjustments due to climate change.

  9. SIMULATION OF OZONE EFFECTS ON EIGHT TREE SPECIES AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

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    As part of an assessment of potential effects of air pollutants on the vegetation of Shenandoah National Park (SHEN), we simulated the growth of eight important tree species using TREGRO, a mechanistic model of individual tree growth. Published TREGRO parameters for black cherry...

  10. Assessing the potential of native tree species for carbon sequestration forestry in Northeast China.

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    Thomas, S C; Malczewski, G; Saprunoff, M

    2007-11-01

    Although the native forests of China are exceptionally diverse, only a small number of tree species have been widely utilized in forest plantations and reforestation efforts. We used dendrochronological sampling methods to assess the potential growth and carbon sequestration of native tree species in Jilin Province, Northeast China. Trees were sampled in and near the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, with samples encompassing old-growth, disturbed forest, and plantations. To approximate conditions for planted trees, sampling focused on trees with exposed crowns (dominant and co-dominant individuals). A log-linear relationship was found between diameter increment and tree diameter, with a linear decrease in increment with increasing local basal area; no significant differences in these patterns between plantations and natural stands were detected for two commonly planted species (Pinus koraiensis and Larix olgensis). A growth model that incorporates observed feedbacks with individual tree size and local basal area (in conjunction with allometric models for tree biomass), was used to project stand-level biomass increment. Predicted growth trajectories were then linked to the carbon process model InTEC to provide estimates of carbon sequestration potential. Results indicate substantial differences among species, and suggest that certain native hardwoods (in particular Fraxinus mandshurica and Phellodendron amurense), have high potential for use in carbon forestry applications. Increased use of native hardwoods in carbon forestry in China is likely to have additional benefits in terms of economic diversification and enhanced provision of "ecosystem services", including biodiversity protection. PMID:17188419

  11. Slope variation and population structure of tree species from different ecological groups in South Brazil.

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    Bianchini, Edmilson; Garcia, Cristina C; Pimenta, José A; Torezan, José M D

    2010-09-01

    Size structure and spatial arrangement of 13 abundant tree species were determined in a riparian forest fragment in Paraná State, South Brazil (23°16'S and 51°01'W). The studied species were Aspidosperma polyneuron Müll. Arg., Astronium graveolens Jacq. and Gallesia integrifolia (Spreng) Harms (emergent species); Alseis floribunda Schott, Ruprechtia laxiflora Meisn. and Bougainvillea spectabilis Willd. (shade-intolerant canopy species); Machaerium paraguariense Hassl, Myroxylum peruiferum L. and Chrysophyllum gonocarpum (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Engl. (shade-tolerant canopy species); Sorocea bonplandii (Baill.) Bürger, Trichilia casaretti C. Dc, Trichilia catigua A. Juss. and Actinostemon concolor (Spreng.) Müll. Arg. (understory small trees species). Height and diameter structures and basal area of species were analyzed. Spatial patterns and slope correlation were analyzed by Moran's / spatial autocorrelation coefficient and partial Mantel test, respectively. The emergent and small understory species showed the highest and the lowest variations in height, diameter and basal area. Size distribution differed among emergent species and also among canopy shade-intolerant species. The spatial pattern ranged among species in all groups, except in understory small tree species. The slope was correlated with spatial pattern for A. polyneuron, A. graveolens, A. floribunda, R. laxiflora, M. peruiferum and T. casaretti. The results indicated that most species occurred in specific places, suggesting that niche differentiation can be an important factor in structuring the tree community. PMID:21562693

  12. Species divergence and phylogenetic variation of ecophysiological traits in lianas and trees.

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    Rios, Rodrigo S; Salgado-Luarte, Cristian; Gianoli, Ernesto

    2014-01-01

    The climbing habit is an evolutionary key innovation in plants because it is associated with enhanced clade diversification. We tested whether patterns of species divergence and variation of three ecophysiological traits that are fundamental for plant adaptation to light environments (maximum photosynthetic rate [A(max)], dark respiration rate [R(d)], and specific leaf area [SLA]) are consistent with this key innovation. Using data reported from four tropical forests and three temperate forests, we compared phylogenetic distance among species as well as the evolutionary rate, phylogenetic distance and phylogenetic signal of those traits in lianas and trees. Estimates of evolutionary rates showed that R(d) evolved faster in lianas, while SLA evolved faster in trees. The mean phylogenetic distance was 1.2 times greater among liana species than among tree species. Likewise, estimates of phylogenetic distance indicated that lianas were less related than by chance alone (phylogenetic evenness across 63 species), and trees were more related than expected by chance (phylogenetic clustering across 71 species). Lianas showed evenness for R(d), while trees showed phylogenetic clustering for this trait. In contrast, for SLA, lianas exhibited phylogenetic clustering and trees showed phylogenetic evenness. Lianas and trees showed patterns of ecophysiological trait variation among species that were independent of phylogenetic relatedness. We found support for the expected pattern of greater species divergence in lianas, but did not find consistent patterns regarding ecophysiological trait evolution and divergence. R(d) followed the species-level pattern, i.e., greater divergence/evolution in lianas compared to trees, while the opposite occurred for SLA and no pattern was detected for A(max). R(d) may have driven lianas' divergence across forest environments, and might contribute to diversification in climber clades. PMID:24914958

  13. Pythium species Associated with Forest Tree Nurseries of Oregon and Washington

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    Pythium species are one of several pathogen genera responsible for damping off of conifer seedlings in forest tree nurseries. Species identification has been traditionally based on morphology. However, DNA-based identification methods may allow more accurate identification of species associated wi...

  14. Herbs versus Trees: Influences on Teenagers' Knowledge of Plant Species

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    Lckmann, Katrin; Menzel, Susanne

    2014-01-01

    The study reports on species knowledge among German adolescents (n = 507) as: (1) self-assessed evaluation of one's species knowledge; and (2) factual knowledge about popular local herbs and trees. Besides assessing species knowledge, we were interested in whether selected demographic factors, environmental attitude (as measured through the

  15. Herbs versus Trees: Influences on Teenagers' Knowledge of Plant Species

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    Lückmann, Katrin; Menzel, Susanne

    2014-01-01

    The study reports on species knowledge among German adolescents (n = 507) as: (1) self-assessed evaluation of one's species knowledge; and (2) factual knowledge about popular local herbs and trees. Besides assessing species knowledge, we were interested in whether selected demographic factors, environmental attitude (as measured through the…

  16. Supercooling Capacity Increases from Sea Level to Tree Line in the Hawaiian Tree Species Metrosideros polymorpha.

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    Melcher; Cordell; Jones; Scowcroft; Niemczura; Giambelluca; Goldstein

    2000-05-01

    Population-specific differences in the freezing resistance of Metrosideros polymorpha leaves were studied along an elevational gradient from sea level to tree line (located at ca. 2500 m above sea level) on the east flank of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. In addition, we also studied 8-yr-old saplings grown in a common garden from seeds collected from the same field populations. Leaves of low-elevation field plants exhibited damage at -2 degrees C, before the onset of ice formation, which occurred at -5.7 degrees C. Leaves of high-elevation plants exhibited damage at ca. -8.5 degrees C, concurrent with ice formation in the leaf tissue, which is typical of plants that avoid freezing in their natural environment by supercooling. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies revealed that water molecules of both extra- and intracellular leaf water fractions from high-elevation plants had restricted mobility, which is consistent with their low water content and their high levels of osmotically active solutes. Decreased mobility of water molecules may delay ice nucleation and/or ice growth and may therefore enhance the ability of plant tissues to supercool. Leaf traits that correlated with specific differences in supercooling capacity were in part genetically determined and in part environmentally induced. Evidence indicated that lower apoplastic water content and smaller intercellular spaces were associated with the larger supercooling capacity of the plant's foliage at tree line. The irreversible tissue-damage temperature decreased by ca. 7 degrees C from sea level to tree line in leaves of field populations. However, this decrease appears to be only large enough to allow M. polymorpha trees to avoid leaf tissue damage from freezing up to a level of ca. 2500 m elevation, which is also the current tree line location on the east flank of Mauna Loa. The limited freezing resistance of M. polymorpha leaves may be partially responsible for the occurrence of tree line at a relatively low elevation in Hawaii compared with continental tree lines, which can be up to 1500 m higher. If the elevation of tree line is influenced by the inability of M. polymorpha leaves to supercool to lower subzero temperatures, then it will be the first example that freezing damage resulting from limited supercooling capacity can be a factor in tree line formation. PMID:10817972

  17. Predicting spatial variations of tree species richness in tropical forests from high-resolution remote sensing.

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    Fricker, Geoffrey A; Wolf, Jeffrey A; Saatchi, Sassan S; Gillespie, Thomas W

    2015-10-01

    There is an increasing interest in identifying theories, empirical data sets, and remote-sensing metrics that can quantify tropical forest alpha diversity at a landscape scale. Quantifying patterns of tree species richness in the field is time consuming, especially in regions with over 100 tree species/ha. We examine species richness in a 50-ha plot in Barro Colorado Island in Panama and test if biophysical measurements of canopy reflectance from high-resolution satellite imagery and detailed vertical forest structure and topography from light detection and ranging (lidar) are associated with species richness across four tree size classes (>1, 1-10, >10, and >20 cm dbh) and three spatial scales (1, 0.25, and 0.04 ha). We use the 2010 tree inventory, including 204,757 individuals belonging to 301 species of freestanding woody plants or 166 ± 1.5 species/ha (mean ± SE), to compare with remote-sensing data. All remote-sensing metrics became less correlated with species richness as spatial resolution decreased from 1.0 ha to 0.04 ha and tree size increased from 1 cm to 20 cm dbh. When all stems with dbh > 1 cm in 1-ha plots were compared to remote-sensing metrics, standard deviation in canopy reflectance explained 13% of the variance in species richness. The standard deviations of canopy height and the topographic wetness index (TWI) derived from lidar were the best metrics to explain the spatial variance in species richness (15% and 24%, respectively). Using multiple regression models, we made predictions of species richness across Barro Colorado Island (BCI) at the 1-ha spatial scale for different tree size classes. We predicted variation in tree species richness among all plants (adjusted r² = 0.35) and trees with dbh > 10 cm (adjusted r² = 0.25). However, the best model results were for understory trees and shrubs (dbh 1-10 cm) (adjusted r² = 0.52) that comprise the majority of species richness in tropical forests. Our results indicate that high-resolution remote sensing can predict a large percentage of variance in species richness and potentially provide a framework to map and predict alpha diversity among trees in diverse tropical forests. PMID:26591445

  18. Mountain landscapes offer few opportunities for high-elevation tree species migration

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    Bell, David M.; Bradford, John B.; Lauenroth, William K.

    2014-01-01

    Climate change is anticipated to alter plant species distributions. Regional context, notably the spatial complexity of climatic gradients, may influence species migration potential. While high-elevation species may benefit from steep climate gradients in mountain regions, their persistence may be threatened by limited suitable habitat as land area decreases with elevation. To untangle these apparently contradictory predictions for mountainous regions, we evaluated the climatic suitability of four coniferous forest tree species of the western United States based on species distribution modeling (SDM) and examined changes in climatically suitable areas under predicted climate change. We used forest structural information relating to tree species dominance, productivity, and demography from an extensive forest inventory system to assess the strength of inferences made with a SDM approach. We found that tree species dominance, productivity, and recruitment were highest where climatic suitability (i.e., probability of species occurrence under certain climate conditions) was high, supporting the use of predicted climatic suitability in examining species risk to climate change. By predicting changes in climatic suitability over the next century, we found that climatic suitability will likely decline, both in areas currently occupied by each tree species and in nearby unoccupied areas to which species might migrate in the future. These trends were most dramatic for high elevation species. Climatic changes predicted over the next century will dramatically reduce climatically suitable areas for high-elevation tree species while a lower elevation species, Pinus ponderosa, will be well positioned to shift upslope across the region. Reductions in suitable area for high-elevation species imply that even unlimited migration would be insufficient to offset predicted habitat loss, underscoring the vulnerability of these high-elevation species to climatic changes.

  19. Version 5 of Forecasts; Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species

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    Hargrove, W. W.; Kumar, J.; Potter, K. M.; Hoffman, F. M.

    2014-12-01

    Version 5 of the ForeCASTS tree range shift atlas (www.geobabble.org/~hnw/global/treeranges5/climate_change/atlas.html) now predicts global shifts in the suitable ranges of 335 tree species (essentially all woody species measured in Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA)) under forecasts from the Parallel Climate Model, and the Hadley Model, each under future climatic scenarios A1 and B1, each at two future dates (2050 and 2100). Version 5 includes more Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) occurrence points, uses improved heuristics for occurrence training, and recovers occurrence points that fall in water. A multivariate clustering procedure was used to quantitatively delineate 30 thousand environmentally homogeneous ecoregions across present and 8 potential future global locations at once, using global maps of 17 environmental characteristics describing temperature, precipitation, soils, topography and solar insolation. Occurrence of each tree species on FIA plots and in GBIF samples was used to identify a subset of suitable ecoregions from the full set of 30 thousand. This subset of suitable ecoregions was compared to the known current present range of the tree species. Predicted present ranges correspond well with existing ranges for all but a few of the 335 tree species. The subset of suitable ecoregions can then be tracked into the future to determine whether the suitable home range remains the same, moves, grows, shrinks, or disappears under each model/scenario combination. A quantitative niche breadth analysis allows sorting of the 17 environmental variables from the narrowest, most important, to the broadest, least restrictive environmental factors limiting each tree species. Potential tree richness maps were produced, along with a quantitative potential tree endemism map for present and future CONUS. Using a new empirical imputation method which associates sparse measurements of dependent variables with particular clustered combinations of the environmental driver variables, and then estimates values for unmeasured clusters, we interpolated FIA measurements of productivity into continuous maps showing productivity across each tree's entire present and future ranges.

  20. Anonymous nuclear markers data supporting species tree phylogeny and divergence time estimates in a cactus species complex in South America.

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    Perez, Manolo F; Carstens, Bryan C; Rodrigues, Gustavo L; Moraes, Evandro M

    2016-03-01

    Supportive data related to the article "Anonymous nuclear markers reveal taxonomic incongruence and long-term disjunction in a cactus species complex with continental-island distribution in South America" (Perez et al., 2016) [1]. Here, we present pyrosequencing results, primer sequences, a cpDNA phylogeny, and a species tree phylogeny. PMID:26900589

  1. Anonymous nuclear markers data supporting species tree phylogeny and divergence time estimates in a cactus species complex in South America

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    Perez, Manolo F.; Carstens, Bryan C.; Rodrigues, Gustavo L.; Moraes, Evandro M.

    2015-01-01

    Supportive data related to the article “Anonymous nuclear markers reveal taxonomic incongruence and long-term disjunction in a cactus species complex with continental-island distribution in South America” (Perez et al., 2016) [1]. Here, we present pyrosequencing results, primer sequences, a cpDNA phylogeny, and a species tree phylogeny. PMID:26900589

  2. Extending the dormant bud cryopreservation method to new tree species

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    In cryopreservation of germplasm, using dormant winter buds (DB) as source plant material is economically favorable over tissue culture options. Although the DB cryopreservation method has been known for many years, the approach is feasible only for cryopreserving a select number of temperate tree s...

  3. North American tree squirrels and ground squirrels with overlapping ranges host different Cryptosporidium species and genotypes.

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    Stenger, Brianna L S; Clark, Mark E; Kváč, Martin; Khan, Eakalak; Giddings, Catherine W; Prediger, Jitka; McEvoy, John M

    2015-12-01

    Wildlife-associated Cryptosporidium are an emerging cause of cryptosporidiosis in humans. The present study was undertaken to determine the extent to which North American tree squirrels and ground squirrels host zoonotic Cryptosporidium species and genotypes. Fragments of the Cryptosporidium 18S rRNA and actin genes were amplified and sequenced from fecal samples obtained from three tree squirrel and three ground squirrel species. In tree squirrels, Cryptosporidium was identified in 40.5% (17/42) of American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), 40.4% (55/136) of eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and 28.6% (2/7) of fox squirrels (Sciurus niger). Human-pathogenic Cryptosporidium ubiquitum and Cryptosporidium skunk genotype were the most prevalent species/genotypes in tree squirrels. Because tree squirrels live in close proximity to humans and are frequently infected with potentially zoonotic Cryptosporidium species/genotypes, they may be a significant reservoir of infection in humans. In ground squirrels, Cryptosporidium was detected in 70.2% (33/47) of 13-lined ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), 35.1% (27/77) of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), and the only golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis) that was sampled. Cryptosporidium rubeyi and ground squirrel genotypes I, II, and III were identified in isolates from these ground squirrel species. In contrast to the Cryptosporidium infecting tree squirrels, these species/genotypes appear to be specific for ground squirrels and are not associated with human disease. PMID:26437239

  4. Long range correlations in tree ring chronologies of the USA: Variation within and across species

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    Bowers, M. C.; Gao, J. B.; Tung, W. W.

    2013-02-01

    Abstract <span class="hlt">Tree</span> ring width data are among the best proxies for reconstructing past temperature and precipitation records. The discovery of fractal scaling and long-memory in meteorological and hydrological signals motivates us to investigate such properties in <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring chronologies. Detrended fluctuation analysis and adaptive fractal analysis are utilized to estimate the Hurst parameter values of 697 <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring chronologies from the continental United States. We find significant differences in the Hurst parameter values across the 10 <span class="hlt">species</span> studied in the work. The long-range scaling relations found here suggest that the behavior of <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring growth observed in a short calibration period may be similar to the general behavior of <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring growth in a much longer period, and therefore, the limited calibration period may be more useful than originally thought. The variations of the long-range correlations within and across <span class="hlt">species</span> may be further explored in future to better reconstruct paleoclimatic records.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21966498','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21966498"><span id="translatedtitle">Growth strategies of tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: disentangling light and size effects.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Rger, Nadja; Berger, Uta; Hubbell, Stephen P; Vieilledent, Ghislain; Condit, Richard</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>An understanding of the drivers of <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level is required to predict likely changes of carbon stocks and biodiversity when environmental conditions change. Especially in <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich tropical forests, it is largely unknown how <span class="hlt">species</span> differ in their response of growth to resource availability and individual size. We use a hierarchical bayesian approach to quantify the impact of light availability and <span class="hlt">tree</span> diameter on growth of 274 woody <span class="hlt">species</span> in a 50-ha long-term forest census plot in Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Light reaching each individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> was estimated from yearly vertical censuses of canopy density. The hierarchical bayesian approach allowed accounting for different sources of error, such as negative growth observations, and including rare <span class="hlt">species</span> correctly weighted by their abundance. All <span class="hlt">species</span> grew faster at higher light. Exponents of a power function relating growth to light were mostly between 0 and 1. This indicates that nearly all <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibit a decelerating increase of growth with light. In contrast, estimated growth rates at standardized conditions (5 cm dbh, 5% light) varied over a 9-fold range and reflect strong growth-strategy differentiation between the <span class="hlt">species</span>. As a consequence, growth rankings of the <span class="hlt">species</span> at low (2%) and high light (20%) were highly correlated. Rare <span class="hlt">species</span> tended to grow faster and showed a greater sensitivity to light than abundant <span class="hlt">species</span>. Overall, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size was less important for growth than light and about half the <span class="hlt">species</span> were predicted to grow faster in diameter when bigger or smaller, respectively. Together light availability and <span class="hlt">tree</span> diameter only explained on average 12% of the variation in growth rates. Thus, other factors such as soil characteristics, herbivory, or pathogens may contribute considerably to shaping <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth in the tropics. PMID:21966498</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3178650','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3178650"><span id="translatedtitle">Growth Strategies of Tropical <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>: Disentangling Light and Size Effects</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Rger, Nadja; Berger, Uta; Hubbell, Stephen P.; Vieilledent, Ghislain; Condit, Richard</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>An understanding of the drivers of <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level is required to predict likely changes of carbon stocks and biodiversity when environmental conditions change. Especially in <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich tropical forests, it is largely unknown how <span class="hlt">species</span> differ in their response of growth to resource availability and individual size. We use a hierarchical Bayesian approach to quantify the impact of light availability and <span class="hlt">tree</span> diameter on growth of 274 woody <span class="hlt">species</span> in a 50-ha long-term forest census plot in Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Light reaching each individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> was estimated from yearly vertical censuses of canopy density. The hierarchical Bayesian approach allowed accounting for different sources of error, such as negative growth observations, and including rare <span class="hlt">species</span> correctly weighted by their abundance. All <span class="hlt">species</span> grew faster at higher light. Exponents of a power function relating growth to light were mostly between 0 and 1. This indicates that nearly all <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibit a decelerating increase of growth with light. In contrast, estimated growth rates at standardized conditions (5 cm dbh, 5% light) varied over a 9-fold range and reflect strong growth-strategy differentiation between the <span class="hlt">species</span>. As a consequence, growth rankings of the <span class="hlt">species</span> at low (2%) and high light (20%) were highly correlated. Rare <span class="hlt">species</span> tended to grow faster and showed a greater sensitivity to light than abundant <span class="hlt">species</span>. Overall, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size was less important for growth than light and about half the <span class="hlt">species</span> were predicted to grow faster in diameter when bigger or smaller, respectively. Together light availability and <span class="hlt">tree</span> diameter only explained on average 12% of the variation in growth rates. Thus, other factors such as soil characteristics, herbivory, or pathogens may contribute considerably to shaping <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth in the tropics. PMID:21966498</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016JHyd..537....1S','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016JHyd..537....1S"><span id="translatedtitle">Inter- and intra-specific variation in stemflow for evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> and deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in a subtropical forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Su, Lei; Xu, Wenting; Zhao, Changming; Xie, Zongqiang; Ju, Hua</p> <p>2016-06-01</p> <p>Quantification of stemflow is necessary for the assessment of forest ecosystem hydrological effects. Nevertheless, variation of stemflow among plant functional groups is currently not well understood. Stemflow production of co-occurring evergreen broadleaved <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Cyclobalanopsis multinervis and Cyclobalanopsis oxyodon) and deciduous broadleaved <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Fagus engleriana and Quercus serrata var. brevipetiolata) was quantified through field observations in a mixed evergreen and deciduous broadleaved forest. The research results revealed that stemflow increased linearly with increasing rainfall magnitude, with precipitation depths of 6.9, 7.2, 10.0 and 14.8 mm required for the initiation of stemflow for C. multinervis, C. oxyodon, F. engleriana and Q. serrata, respectively. Stemflow percentage and funneling ratio (FR) increased with increasing rainfall in a logarithmic fashion. Stemflow percentage and FR tended to grow rapidly with increasing rainfall magnitude up to a rainfall threshold of 50 mm, above which, further rainfall increases brought about only small increases. For C. multinervis, C. oxyodon, F. engleriana and Q. serrata, FR averaged 19.8, 14.8, 8.9 and 2.8, respectively. The stemflow generating rainfall thresholds for evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> were smaller than for deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span>. Furthermore, stemflow percentage and FR of the former was greater than the latter. For both evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span>, overall funneling ratio (FRs) decreased with increasing basal area. We concluded that: (1) although stemflow partitioning represented a fairly low percentage of gross rainfall in mixed evergreen and deciduous broadleaved forests, it was capable of providing substantial amount of rainwater to <span class="hlt">tree</span> boles; (2) the evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> were more likely to generate stemflow than deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span>, and directed more intercepted rainwater to the root zone; (3) small <span class="hlt">trees</span> were more productive in funneling stemflow than larger <span class="hlt">trees</span>, which may provide a favorable condition for the survival and growth of small <span class="hlt">trees</span> when competing with larger <span class="hlt">trees</span>.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2694365','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2694365"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Traits Influence Soil Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties in High Elevation Forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Ayres, Edward; Steltzer, Heidi; Berg, Sarah; Wallenstein, Matthew D.; Simmons, Breana L.; Wall, Diana H.</p> <p>2009-01-01</p> <p>Background Previous studies have shown that plants often have <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific effects on soil properties. In high elevation forests in the Southern Rocky Mountains, North America, areas that are dominated by a single <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are often adjacent to areas dominated by another <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Here, we assessed soil properties beneath adjacent stands of trembling aspen, lodgepole pine, and Engelmann spruce, which are dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in this region and are distributed widely in North America. We hypothesized that soil properties would differ among stands dominated by different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and expected that aspen stands would have higher soil temperatures due to their open structure, which, combined with higher quality litter, would result in increased soil respiration rates, nitrogen availability, and microbial biomass, and differences in soil faunal community composition. Methodology/Principal Findings We assessed soil physical, chemical, and biological properties at four sites where stands of aspen, pine, and spruce occurred in close proximity to one-another in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado. Leaf litter quality differed among the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, with the highest nitrogen (N) concentration and lowest lignin∶N in aspen litter. Nitrogen concentration was similar in pine and spruce litter, but lignin∶N was highest in pine litter. Soil temperature and moisture were highest in aspen stands, which, in combination with higher litter quality, probably contributed to faster soil respiration rates from stands of aspen. Soil carbon and N content, ammonium concentration, and microbial biomass did not differ among <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, but nitrate concentration was highest in aspen soil and lowest in spruce soil. In addition, soil fungal, bacterial, and nematode community composition and rotifer, collembolan, and mesostigmatid mite abundance differed among the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, while the total abundance of nematodes, tardigrades, oribatid mites, and prostigmatid mites did not. Conclusions/Significance Although some soil characteristics were unaffected by <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity, our results clearly demonstrate that these dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are associated with soils that differ in several physical, chemical, and biotic properties. Ongoing environmental changes in this region, e.g. changes in fire regime, frequency of insect outbreaks, changes in precipitation patterns and snowpack, and land-use change, may alter the relative abundance of these <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> over coming decades, which in turn will likely alter the soils. PMID:19536334</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://cfpub.epa.gov/si/si_public_record_report.cfm?dirEntryId=64306&keyword=detectors+AND+radiation&actType=&TIMSType=+&TIMSSubTypeID=&DEID=&epaNumber=&ntisID=&archiveStatus=Both&ombCat=Any&dateBeginCreated=&dateEndCreated=&dateBeginPublishedPresented=&dateEndPublishedPresented=&dateBeginUpdated=&dateEndUpdated=&dateBeginCompleted=&dateEndCompleted=&personID=&role=Any&journalID=&publisherID=&sortBy=revisionDate&count=50&CFID=59273312&CFTOKEN=32132293','EPA-EIMS'); return false;" href="http://cfpub.epa.gov/si/si_public_record_report.cfm?dirEntryId=64306&keyword=detectors+AND+radiation&actType=&TIMSType=+&TIMSSubTypeID=&DEID=&epaNumber=&ntisID=&archiveStatus=Both&ombCat=Any&dateBeginCreated=&dateEndCreated=&dateBeginPublishedPresented=&dateEndPublishedPresented=&dateBeginUpdated=&dateEndUpdated=&dateBeginCompleted=&dateEndCompleted=&personID=&role=Any&journalID=&publisherID=&sortBy=revisionDate&count=50&CFID=59273312&CFTOKEN=32132293"><span id="translatedtitle">ISOPRENE EMISSION CAPACITY FOR U.S. <span class="hlt">TREE</span> <span class="hlt">SPECIES</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://oaspub.epa.gov/eims/query.page">EPA Science Inventory</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Isoprene emission capacity measurements are presented from 18 North American oak <I>(Quercus)</I> <span class="hlt">species</span> and <span class="hlt">species</span> from six other genera previously found to emit significant quantities of isoprene. Sampling was conducted at physiographically diverse locations in North Carolina...</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12566259','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12566259"><span id="translatedtitle">Reliance on stored water increases with <span class="hlt">tree</span> size in three <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Pacific Northwest.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Phillips, N G; Ryan, M G; Bond, B J; McDowell, N G; Hinckley, T M; Cermák, J</p> <p>2003-03-01</p> <p>In tall old forests, limitations to water transport may limit maximum <span class="hlt">tree</span> height and reduce photosynthesis and carbon sequestration. We evaluated the degree to which tall <span class="hlt">trees</span> could potentially compensate for hydraulic limitations to water transport by increased use of water stored in xylem. Using sap flux measurements in three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of the Pacific Northwest, we showed that reliance on stored water increases with <span class="hlt">tree</span> size and estimated that use of stored water increases photosynthesis. For Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco), water stored in xylem accounted for 20 to 25% of total daily water use in 60-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>, whereas stored water comprised 7% of daily water use in 15-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>. For Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana Dougl. ex Hook.), water stored in xylem accounted for 10 to 23% of total daily water use in 25-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>, whereas stored water comprised 9 to 13% of daily water use in 10-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>. For ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex Laws.), water stored in xylem accounted for 4 to 20% of total daily water use in 36-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>, whereas stored water comprised 2 to 4% of daily water use in 12-m <span class="hlt">trees</span>. In 60-m Douglas-fir <span class="hlt">trees</span>, we estimated that use of stored water supported 18% more photosynthesis on a daily basis than would occur if no stored water were used, whereas 15-m Douglas-fir <span class="hlt">trees</span> gained 10% greater daily photosynthesis from use of stored water. We conclude that water storage plays a significant role in the water and carbon economy of tall <span class="hlt">trees</span> and old forests. PMID:12566259</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4375868','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4375868"><span id="translatedtitle">Glacial refugia and modern genetic diversity of 22 western North American <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Roberts, David R.; Hamann, Andreas</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>North American <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, subspecies and genetic varieties have primarily evolved in a landscape of extensive continental ice and restricted temperate climate environments. Here, we reconstruct the refugial history of western North American <span class="hlt">trees</span> since the last glacial maximum using <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution models, validated against 3571 palaeoecological records. We investigate how modern subspecies structure and genetic diversity corresponds to modelled glacial refugia, based on a meta-analysis of allelic richness and expected heterozygosity for 473 populations of 22 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. We find that <span class="hlt">species</span> with strong genetic differentiation into subspecies had widespread and large glacial refugia, whereas <span class="hlt">species</span> with restricted refugia show no differentiation among populations and little genetic diversity, despite being common over a wide range of environments today. In addition, a strong relationship between allelic richness and the size of modelled glacial refugia (r2 = 0.55) suggest that population bottlenecks during glacial periods had a pronounced effect on the presence of rare alleles. PMID:25761711</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25761711','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25761711"><span id="translatedtitle">Glacial refugia and modern genetic diversity of 22 western North American <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Roberts, David R; Hamann, Andreas</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>North American <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, subspecies and genetic varieties have primarily evolved in a landscape of extensive continental ice and restricted temperate climate environments. Here, we reconstruct the refugial history of western North American <span class="hlt">trees</span> since the last glacial maximum using <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution models, validated against 3571 palaeoecological records. We investigate how modern subspecies structure and genetic diversity corresponds to modelled glacial refugia, based on a meta-analysis of allelic richness and expected heterozygosity for 473 populations of 22 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. We find that <span class="hlt">species</span> with strong genetic differentiation into subspecies had widespread and large glacial refugia, whereas <span class="hlt">species</span> with restricted refugia show no differentiation among populations and little genetic diversity, despite being common over a wide range of environments today. In addition, a strong relationship between allelic richness and the size of modelled glacial refugia (r(2) = 0.55) suggest that population bottlenecks during glacial periods had a pronounced effect on the presence of rare alleles. PMID:25761711</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/1015692','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/1015692"><span id="translatedtitle">Relationships among environmental variables and distribution of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at high elevation in the Olympic Mountains</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Woodward, Andrea</p> <p>1998-01-01</p> <p>Relationships among environmental variables and occurrence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were investigated at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington, USA. A transect consisting of three plots was established down one north-and one south-facing slope in stands representing the typical elevational sequence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> included subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana), and Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis). Air and soil temperature, precipitation, and soil moisture were measured during three growing seasons. Snowmelt patterns, soil carbon and moisture release curves were also determined. The plots represented a wide range in soil water potential, a major determinant of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution (range of minimum values = -1.1 to -8.0 MPa for Pacific silver fir and Douglas-fir plots, respectively). Precipitation intercepted at plots depended on topographic location, storm direction and storm type. Differences in soil moisture among plots was related to soil properties, while annual differences at each plot were most often related to early season precipitation. Changes in climate due to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 will likely shift <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions within, but not among aspects. Change will be buffered by innate tolerance of adult <span class="hlt">trees</span> and the inertia of soil properties.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..17.8279L','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..17.8279L"><span id="translatedtitle">Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition in Temperate Mountains of South Korea</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Lee, Boknam; Park, Juhan; Cho, Sungsik; Ryu, Daun; Zaw Wynn, Khine; Park, Minji; Cho, Sunhee; Yoon, Jongguk; Park, Jongyoung; Kim, Hyun Seok</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>Long term studies on vegetation dynamics are important to identify changes of ecosystem-level responses to climate change. To learn how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and stand structure change across temperate mountains, the temporal and spatial variations in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and structure were investigated using the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and DBH size collected over the fourteen-year period across 134 sites in Jiri and Baekoon Mountains, South Korea. The overall temporal changes over fourteen years showed significant increase in stand density, <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and evenness according to the indices of Shannon-Weiner diversity, Bray-Curtis dissimilarity, and Pielou's evenness, contributing to the increase of basal area and biomass growth. The change of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition could be categorized into five <span class="hlt">species</span> communities, representing gradual increase or decrease, establishment, extinction, fluctuation of <span class="hlt">species</span> population. However, in general, the change in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition appeared to have consistent and directional patterns of increase in the annual rate of change in the mean <span class="hlt">species</span> traits including <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, pole growth rate, adult growth rate, and adult stature with five common dominant <span class="hlt">species</span> (Quercus mongolica, Quercus variabilis, Quercus serrata, Carpinus laxiflora, and Styrax japonicus). The spatial patterns of <span class="hlt">species</span> composition appeared to have a higher stand density and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity along with the low latitude and high slope ecosystem. The climate change was another main driver to vary the distribution of <span class="hlt">species</span> abundance. Overall, both temporal and spatial changes of composition in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> community was clear and further analysis to clarify the reasons for such fast and <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific changes is underway especially to separate the effect of successional change and climate change. Keywords <span class="hlt">species</span> composition; climate change; temporal and spatial variation ; forest structure; temperate forest</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25712048','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25712048"><span id="translatedtitle">Regional-scale directional changes in abundance of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> along a temperature gradient in Japan.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Suzuki, Satoshi N; Ishihara, Masae I; Hidaka, Amane</p> <p>2015-09-01</p> <p>Climate changes are assumed to shift the ranges of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and forest biomes. Such range shifts result from changes in abundances of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> or functional types. Owing to global warming, the abundance of a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> or functional type is expected to increase near the colder edge of its range and decrease near the warmer edge. This study examined directional changes in abundance and demographic parameters of forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> along a temperature gradient, as well as a successional gradient, in Japan. Changes in the relative abundance of each of four functional types (evergreen broad-leaved, deciduous broad-leaved, evergreen temperate conifer, and evergreen boreal conifer) and the demography of each <span class="hlt">species</span> (recruitment rate, mortality, and population growth rate) were analyzed in 39 permanent forest plots across the Japanese archipelago. Directional changes in the relative abundance of functional types were detected along the temperature gradient. Relative abundance of evergreen broad-leaved <span class="hlt">trees</span> increased near their colder range boundaries, especially in secondary forests, coinciding with the decrease in deciduous broad-leaved <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Similarly, relative abundance of deciduous broad-leaved <span class="hlt">trees</span> increased near their colder range boundaries, coinciding with the decrease in boreal conifers. These functional-type-level changes were mainly due to higher recruitment rates and partly to the lower mortality of individual <span class="hlt">species</span> at colder sites. This is the first report to show that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> abundances in temperate forests are changing directionally along a temperature gradient, which might be due to current or past climate changes as well as recovery from past disturbances. PMID:25712048</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12620063','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12620063"><span id="translatedtitle">Identification, measurement and interpretation of <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings in woody <span class="hlt">species</span> from mediterranean climates.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Cherubini, Paolo; Gartner, Barbara L; Tognetti, Roberto; Bräker, Otto U; Schoch, Werner; Innes, John L</p> <p>2003-02-01</p> <p>We review the literature dealing with mediterranean climate, vegetation, phenology and ecophysiology relevant to the understanding of <span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring formation in mediterranean regions. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> rings have been used extensively in temperate regions to reconstruct responses of forests to past environmental changes. In mediterranean regions, studies of <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings are scarce, despite their potential for understanding and predicting the effects of global change on important ecological processes such as desertification. In mediterranean regions, due to the great spatio-temporal variability of mediterranean environmental conditions, <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings are sometimes not formed. Often, clear seasonality is lacking, and vegetation activity is not always associated with regular dormancy periods. We present examples of <span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring morphology of five <span class="hlt">species</span> (Arbutus unedo, Fraxinus ornus, Quercus cerris, Q. ilex, Q. pubescens) sampled in Tuscany, Italy, focusing on the difficulties we encountered during the dating. We present an interpretation of anomalies found in the wood structure and, more generally, of cambial activity in such environments. Furthermore, we propose a classification of <span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring formation in mediterranean environments. Mediterranean <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings can be dated and used for dendrochronological purposes, but great care should be taken in selecting sampling sites, <span class="hlt">species</span> and sample <span class="hlt">trees</span>. PMID:12620063</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..1712601J','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..1712601J"><span id="translatedtitle">Does deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity affect carbon storage in temperate soils?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Jungkunst, Hermann; Schleuß, Per; Heitkamp, Felix</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>Forest soils contribute roughly 70 % to the global terrestrial soil organic carbon (SOC) pool and thus play a vital role in the global carbon cycle. It is less clear, however, whether temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity affects SOC storage beyond the coarse differentiation between coniferous and deciduous <span class="hlt">trees</span>. The most important driver for soil SOC storage definitely is the fine mineral fraction (clay and fine silt) because of its high sorption ability. It is difficult to disentangle any additional biotic effects since clay and silt vary considerably in nature. For experimental approaches, the process of soil carbon accumulation is too slow and, therefore, sound results cannot be expected for decades. Here we will present our success to distinguish between the effects of fine particle content (abiotic) and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition (biotic) on the SOC pool in an old-growth broad-leaved forest plots along a <span class="hlt">tree</span> diversity gradient , i.e., 1- (beech), 3- (plus ash and lime <span class="hlt">tree</span>)- and 5-(plus maple and hornbeam) <span class="hlt">species</span>. The particle size fractions were separated first and then the carbon concentrations of each fraction was measured. Hence, the carbon content per unit clay was not calculated, as usually done, but directly measured. As expected, the variation in SOC content was mainly explained by the variations in clay content but not entirely. We found that the carbon concentration per unit clay and fine silt in the subsoil was by 30-35% higher in mixed than in monospecific stands indicating a significant <span class="hlt">species</span> identity or <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity effect on C stabilization. In contrast to the subsoil, no <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> effects was identified for the topsoil. Indications are given that the mineral phase was already carbon saturated and thus left no more room for a possible biotic effect. Underlying processes must remain speculative, but we will additionally present our latest microcosm results, including isotopic signatures, to underpin the proposed deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity effect on initial soil carbon accumulation.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5439624','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5439624"><span id="translatedtitle">Firewood crops. Shrub and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for energy production</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Ruskin, F.R.</p> <p>1980-01-01</p> <p>The report of an ad hoc panel of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation Board on Science and Technology for International Development Commission on International Relations. After an introduction by Eckholm, E., the first chapter, Wood as fuel, discusses firewood plantations, fuelwood management and <span class="hlt">species</span>, wood-burning stoves, and the use of charcoal. The remaining 3 chapters each describe in alphabetical order: fuelwood <span class="hlt">species</span> for humid tropics, tropical highlands, and for arid and semiarid regions. For each <span class="hlt">species</span> there is a general description and data on distribution, use as firewood, yield, other uses, environmental requirements, establishment, pests and diseases, and limitations, with at least one black and white plate. There are 10 appendices: Using fuelwood efficiently; Case study; Ethiopia; Cast study: South Korea (Eckholm, E.); Master list of firewood <span class="hlt">species</span>; Selected readings (general, and by <span class="hlt">species</span>); Research contacts (by <span class="hlt">species</span>); Explanation of terms; Biographical sketches of panel members; Contributors (to the report); and Index of plants.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010EGUGA..1212532W','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010EGUGA..1212532W"><span id="translatedtitle">How <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific drought responses influence the carbon-water interaction in temperate forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Wolf, Annett; Leuzinger, Sebastian; Bugmann, Harald</p> <p>2010-05-01</p> <p>Climate-change-induced differences in soil moisture conditions will influence the carbon uptake of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and hence the carbon budget of ecosystems. Experimental data showed that in a mature deciduous forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> transpiration during a prolonged drought was reduced in a <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific manner (Leuzinger et al. 2005). We implemented such a differential drought responses using the ecosystem model LPJ-GUESS. We simulated forest ecosystems in central Europe, using mixed forests and single <span class="hlt">species</span> stands. The model showed that one result of the <span class="hlt">species</span> specific drought response are differences in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity in the long run. At the intra-annual scale, we showed that a reduction in ecosystem evapotranspiration at an early stage during the drought period resulted in lower water stress later on in the drought. A consequence was that drought sensitive <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> could maintain a positive carbon balance during longer drought periods. As drought periods are likely to become more frequent and/or longer in many parts of the world, projections of ecosystem responses will be sensitive to the processes investigated here, and therefore ecosystem models should be upgraded to take them into account. Leuzinger et al. (2005) <span class="hlt">Tree</span> physiology 25: 641-650.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/861330','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/861330"><span id="translatedtitle">Ambrosia Beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) <span class="hlt">Species</span>, Flight, and Attack on Living Eastern Cottonwood <span class="hlt">Trees</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Coyle, D R; D.C. Booth: M.S. Wallace</p> <p>2005-12-01</p> <p>ABSTRACT In spring 2002, ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) infested an intensively managed 22-ha <span class="hlt">tree</span> plantation on the upper coastal plain of South Carolina. Nearly 3,500 scolytids representing 28 <span class="hlt">species</span> were captured in ethanol-baited traps from 18 June 2002 to 18 April 2004. More than 88% of total captures were exotic <span class="hlt">species</span>. Five <span class="hlt">species</span> [Dryoxylon onoharaensum (Murayama), Euwallacea validus (Eichhoff), Pseudopityophthorus minutissimus (Zimmermann), Xyleborus atratus Eichhoff, and Xyleborus impressus Eichhoff]) were collected in South Carolina for the first time. Of four <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the plantation, eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides Bartram, was the only one attacked, with nearly 40% of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> sustaining ambrosia beetle damage. Clone ST66 sustained more damage than clone S7C15. ST66 <span class="hlt">trees</span> receiving fertilization were attacked more frequently than <span class="hlt">trees</span> receiving irrigation, irrigation_fertilization, or controls, although the number of S7C15 <span class="hlt">trees</span> attacked did not differ among treatments. The study location is near major shipping ports; our results demonstrate the necessity for intensive monitoring programs to determine the arrival, spread, ecology, and impact of exotic scolytids.</p> </li> </ol> <div class="pull-right"> <ul class="pagination"> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_1");'>«</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_5");'>5</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_6");'>6</a></li> <li class="active"><span>7</span></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_8");'>8</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_9");'>9</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_25");'>»</a></li> </ul> </div> </div><!-- col-sm-12 --> </div><!-- row --> </div><!-- page_7 --> <div id="page_8" class="hiddenDiv"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-12"> <div class="pull-right"> <ul class="pagination"> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_1");'>«</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_6");'>6</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_7");'>7</a></li> <li class="active"><span>8</span></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_9");'>9</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_10");'>10</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_25");'>»</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-12"> <ol class="result-class" start="141"> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20010004212','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20010004212"><span id="translatedtitle">BOREAS TE-4 Branch Bag Data From Boreal <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Papagno, Andrea (Editor); Berry, Joseph A.; Fu, Wei; Fredeen, Art; Gamon, John</p> <p>2000-01-01</p> <p>The BOREAS TE-4 team collected continuous records of gas exchange under ambient conditions from intact boreal forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> in the BOREAS NSA from 23-Jul-1996 until 14-Aug-1996. These measurements can be used to test models of photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, and leaf respiration, such as SiB2 (Sellers et al., 1996) or the leaf model (Collatz et al., 1991), and programs can be obtained from the investigators. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AGUFM.B13B0476R','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AGUFM.B13B0476R"><span id="translatedtitle">Wind Disturbance Produced Changes in <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Assemblage in the Peruvian Amazon</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Rifai, S. W.; Chambers, J. Q.; Negron Juarez, R. I.; Ramirez, F.; Tello, R.; Alegria Muñoz, W.</p> <p>2010-12-01</p> <p>Wind disturbance has been a frequently overlooked abiotic cause of mass <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality in the Amazon basin. In the Peruvian Amazon these wind disturbances are produced by meteorological events such as convective systems. Downbursts for example produce short term descendent wind speeds that can be in excess of 30 m s-1. These are capable of producing <span class="hlt">tree</span> blowdowns which have been reported to be as large as 33 km2 in the Amazon basin. We used the chronosequence of Landsat Satellite imagery to find and locate where these blowdowns have occurred in the Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon. Spectral Mixture Analysis was used to estimate the proportion landcover of green vegetation, non-photosynthetic vegetation (NPV), soil and shade in each pixel. The change in NPV was calculated by subtracting the NPV signal in the Landsat image prior to the blowdown occurrence, from the image following the disturbance. Our prior research has established a linear relationship between <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality and change in NPV. It is hypothesized that these mass <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality events result in changes in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assemblage of affected forests. Here we present preliminary <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assemblage data from two sites in the Peruvian Amazon near Iquitos, Peru. The site (ALP) at the Allpahuayo Mishana reserve (3.945 S, 73.455 W) is 30 km south of Iquitos, Peru, and hosts the remnants of a 50 ha blowdown that occurred in either 1992 or 1993. Another site (NAPO) on the Napo river about 60 km north of Iquitos, is the location of an approximately 300 ha blowdown that occurred in 1998. At each site, a 3000 m x 10 m transect encompassing non disturbed and disturbed areas was installed, and <span class="hlt">trees</span> greater than 10 cm diameter at breast height were measured for diameter, height and were identified to the <span class="hlt">species</span>. Stem density of <span class="hlt">trees</span> with diameter at breast height > 10 cm, and <span class="hlt">tree</span> height appear to be similar both inside and outside the blowdown affected areas of the forests at both sites. At the ALP and NAPO sites the most dramatic change in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assemblage has been a three and an eleven fold increase in the pioneer <span class="hlt">tree</span> family, Cecropiaceae, respectively. This preliminary data suggests that wind disturbance is capable of producing large shifts in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assemblage of affected Amazon forests.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18959161','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18959161"><span id="translatedtitle">Ocurrence of ectomycorrhizal, hypogeous fungi in plantations of exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in central Argentina.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Nouhra, Eduardo R; Dominguez, Laura S; Daniele, Graciela G; Longo, Silvana; Trappe, James M; Claridge, Andrew W</p> <p>2008-01-01</p> <p>Eleven hypogeous, ectomycorrhizal <span class="hlt">species</span> of Basidiomycota, including two new <span class="hlt">species</span>, and one of the Zygomycota were collected in exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> plantations in C6rdoba Province, Argentina. Descomyces fusisporus sp. nov., D. varians sp. nov., Hydnangium archeri (Berk.) Rodway, H. carneum Wallr., Hysterangium gardneri E. Fisch. and Setchelliogaster tenuipes (Setch.) Pouzar were associated with Eucalyptus spp. Endogone lactiflua Berk., Hymenogaster lycoperdineus Vittad., H. griseus Vittad., H. rehsteineri Bucholtz, Rhizopogon couchii A.H. Sm. and R. roseolus (Corda) Th. Fr., were associated with various northern hemisphere <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Descriptions are provided to aid identification of the hypogeous fungi in exotic plantations of Argentina. PMID:18959161</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/Publications.htm?seq_no_115=238475','TEKTRAN'); return false;" href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/Publications.htm?seq_no_115=238475"><span id="translatedtitle">Impact of Fumigation on Pythium <span class="hlt">Species</span> Associated with Forest <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Nurseries of Oregon and Washington</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/services/TekTran.htm">Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Pythium <span class="hlt">species</span> cause damping off of conifer seedlings in forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> nurseries. Identification of the <span class="hlt">species</span> responsible for the disease has been traditionally based on morphology. However, newer DNA-based identification methods may allow more accurate identification and assessment of soil popul...</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26936241','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26936241"><span id="translatedtitle">Selective logging in tropical forests decreases the robustness of liana-<span class="hlt">tree</span> interaction networks to the loss of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Magrach, Ainhoa; Senior, Rebecca A; Rogers, Andrew; Nurdin, Deddy; Benedick, Suzan; Laurance, William F; Santamaria, Luis; Edwards, David P</p> <p>2016-03-16</p> <p>Selective logging is one of the major drivers of tropical forest degradation, causing important shifts in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition. Whether such changes modify interactions between <span class="hlt">species</span> and the networks in which they are embedded remain fundamental questions to assess the 'health' and ecosystem functionality of logged forests. We focus on interactions between lianas and their <span class="hlt">tree</span> hosts within primary and selectively logged forests in the biodiversity hotspot of Malaysian Borneo. We found that lianas were more abundant, had higher <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, and different <span class="hlt">species</span> compositions in logged than in primary forests. Logged forests showed heavier liana loads disparately affecting slow-growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, which could exacerbate the loss of timber value and carbon storage already associated with logging. Moreover, simulation scenarios of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> local <span class="hlt">species</span> loss indicated that logging might decrease the robustness of liana-<span class="hlt">tree</span> interaction networks if heavily infested <span class="hlt">trees</span> (i.e. the most connected ones) were more likely to disappear. This effect is partially mitigated in the short term by the colonization of host <span class="hlt">trees</span> by a greater diversity of liana <span class="hlt">species</span> within logged forests, yet this might not compensate for the loss of preferred <span class="hlt">tree</span> hosts in the long term. As a consequence, <span class="hlt">species</span> interaction networks may show a lagged response to disturbance, which may trigger sudden collapses in <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and ecosystem function in response to additional disturbances, representing a new type of 'extinction debt'. PMID:26936241</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3460976','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3460976"><span id="translatedtitle">Spatial Distribution and Interspecific Associations of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in a Tropical Seasonal Rain Forest of China</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Lan, Guoyu; Getzin, Stephan; Wiegand, Thorsten; Hu, Yuehua; Xie, Guishui; Zhu, Hua; Cao, Min</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Studying the spatial pattern and interspecific associations of plant <span class="hlt">species</span> may provide valuable insights into processes and mechanisms that maintain <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence. Point pattern analysis was used to analyze the spatial distribution patterns of twenty dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, their interspecific spatial associations and changes across life stages in a 20-ha permanent plot of seasonal tropical rainforest in Xishuangbanna, China, to test mechanisms maintaining <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence. Torus-translation tests were used to quantify positive or negative associations of the <span class="hlt">species</span> to topographic habitats. The results showed: (1) fourteen of the twenty <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were negatively (or positively) associated with one or two of the topographic variables, which evidences that the niche contributes to the spatial pattern of these <span class="hlt">species</span>. (2) Most saplings of the study <span class="hlt">species</span> showed a significantly clumped distribution at small scales (0–10 m) which was lost at larger scales (10–30 m). (3) The degree of spatial clumping deceases from saplings, to poles, to adults indicates that density-dependent mortality of the offspring is ubiquitous in <span class="hlt">species</span>. (4) It is notable that a high number of positive small-scale interactions were found among the twenty <span class="hlt">species</span>. For saplings, 42.6% of all combinations of <span class="hlt">species</span> pairs showed positive associations at neighborhood scales up to five meters, but only 38.4% were negative. For poles and adults, positive associations at these distances still made up 45.5% and 29.5%, respectively. In conclusion, there is considerable evidence for the presence of positive interactions among the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, which suggests that <span class="hlt">species</span> herd protection may occur in our plot. In addition, niche assembly and limited dispersal (likely) contribute to the spatial patterns of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the tropical seasonal rain forest in Xishuangbanna, China. PMID:23029394</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12625013','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12625013"><span id="translatedtitle">[Feasibility to introduce rare <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Pinus sibirica into China].</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Liu, Guifeng; Yang, Chuanping; Zhao, Guangyi</p> <p>2002-11-01</p> <p>Pinus sibirica growing mainly in Siberia of Russia is distributed over the Euro-Asia Taiga forest belt. There are many high-quality populations due to a great deal of variations. This kind of <span class="hlt">tree</span> has an advantage of standing up to frigid environment, and can spread out in such places that have cold weather and high altitude. In China, boreal forest is a wide-spreaded type of forest that has the largest area and high volume. For this reason, it is feasible to introduce Pinus sibirica into the region that the condition is suitable. Introducing this kind of <span class="hlt">tree</span> is a strategic project that can improve the structure and quality of our boreal forest. Introducing it can not only meet the demands of improved variety in short time, but also do the experiment of producing edible seeds and build up the developing center of nut, which can be a way of getting rid of poverty of forest region in heavy frigid area where is regarded as infertile area for farming formerly. PMID:12625013</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26364482','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26364482"><span id="translatedtitle">Fuel wood properties of some oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of Manipur, India.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Meetei, Shougrakpam Bijen; Singh, E J; Das, Ashesh Kumar</p> <p>2015-07-01</p> <p>Five indigenous oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, i.e., Castanopsis indica (Roxb. ex Lindl.) A.DC., Lithocarpus fenestratus (Roxb.) Rehder, Lithocarpus pachyphyllus (Kurz) Rehder, Lithocarpus polystachyus (Wall. ex A.DC.) Rehder and Quercus serrata Murray were estimated for their wood properties such as calorific value, density, moisture content and ash content from a sub-tropical forest of Haraothel hill, Senapati District, Manipur. Wood biomass components were found to have higher calorific value (kJ g(-)) than bark components. The calorific values for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were found highest in L. pachyphyllus (17.99 kJ g(-1)) followed by C. indica (17.98 kJ g1), L. fenestratus (17.96 kJ g"), L. polystachyus (17.80 kJ g(-1)) and Q. serrata (17.49 kJ g(-1)). Calorific values for bole bark, bole wood and branch bark were found significantly different (F > 3.48 at p = 0.05) in five oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Percentage of ash on dry weight basis was found to be highest in Q. serrata (4.73%) and lowest in C. indica (2.19%). Ash content of <span class="hlt">tree</span> components gives a singnificant factor in determining fuelwood value index (FVI). Of all the five oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Q. serrata exhibited highest value of wood density (0.78 g cm-) and lowest was observed in C. indica (0.63 g cm(-3)). There was significant correlation between wood density (p<0.05), ash content (p<0.01) with calorific value in oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Fuelwood value index (FVI) was in the following order: C. indica (1109.70) > L. pachyphyllus (898.41)> L. polystachyus (879.02)> L. fenestratus (824.61)> Q. serrata (792.50). Thus, the present study suggests that C. indica may be considered as a fuelwood oak <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Manipur. PMID:26364482</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25315885','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25315885"><span id="translatedtitle">When do <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> and concatenated estimates disagree? An empirical analysis with higher-level scincid lizard phylogeny.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Lambert, Shea M; Reeder, Tod W; Wiens, John J</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Simulation studies suggest that coalescent-based <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> methods are generally more accurate than concatenated analyses. However, these <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> methods remain impractical for many large datasets. Thus, a critical but unresolved issue is when and why concatenated and coalescent <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> estimates will differ. We predict such differences for branches in concatenated <span class="hlt">trees</span> that are short, weakly supported, and have conflicting gene <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We test these predictions in Scincidae, the largest lizard family, with data from 10 nuclear genes for 17 ingroup taxa and 44 genes for 12 taxa. We support our initial predictions, andsuggest that simply considering uncertainty in concatenated <span class="hlt">trees</span> may sometimes encompass the differences between these methods. We also found that relaxed-clock concatenated <span class="hlt">trees</span> can be surprisingly similar to the <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> estimate. Remarkably, the coalescent <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> estimates had slightly lower support values when based on many more genes (44 vs. 10) and a small (∼30%) reduction in taxon sampling. Thus, taxon sampling may be more important than gene sampling when applying <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> methods to deep phylogenetic questions. Finally, our coalescent <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> estimates tentatively support division of Scincidae into three monophyletic subfamilies, a result otherwise found only in concatenated analyses with extensive <span class="hlt">species</span> sampling. PMID:25315885</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26600422','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26600422"><span id="translatedtitle">Discrimination of Deciduous <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> from Time Series of Unmanned Aerial System Imagery.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Lisein, Jonathan; Michez, Adrien; Claessens, Hugues; Lejeune, Philippe</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Technology advances can revolutionize Precision Forestry by providing accurate and fine forest information at <span class="hlt">tree</span> level. This paper addresses the question of how and particularly when Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) should be used in order to efficiently discriminate deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The goal of this research is to determine when is the best time window to achieve an optimal <span class="hlt">species</span> discrimination. A time series of high resolution UAS imagery was collected to cover the growing season from leaf flush to leaf fall. Full benefit was taken of the temporal resolution of UAS acquisition, one of the most promising features of small drones. The disparity in forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> phenology is at the maximum during early spring and late autumn. But the phenology state that optimized the classification result is the one that minimizes the spectral variation within <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> groups and, at the same time, maximizes the phenologic differences between <span class="hlt">species</span>. Sunlit <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns (5 deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> groups) were classified using a Random Forest approach for monotemporal, two-date and three-date combinations. The end of leaf flushing was the most efficient single-date time window. Multitemporal datasets definitely improve the overall classification accuracy. But single-date high resolution orthophotomosaics, acquired on optimal time-windows, result in a very good classification accuracy (overall out of bag error of 16%). PMID:26600422</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4657984','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4657984"><span id="translatedtitle">Discrimination of Deciduous <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> from Time Series of Unmanned Aerial System Imagery</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Lisein, Jonathan; Michez, Adrien; Claessens, Hugues; Lejeune, Philippe</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Technology advances can revolutionize Precision Forestry by providing accurate and fine forest information at <span class="hlt">tree</span> level. This paper addresses the question of how and particularly when Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) should be used in order to efficiently discriminate deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The goal of this research is to determine when is the best time window to achieve an optimal <span class="hlt">species</span> discrimination. A time series of high resolution UAS imagery was collected to cover the growing season from leaf flush to leaf fall. Full benefit was taken of the temporal resolution of UAS acquisition, one of the most promising features of small drones. The disparity in forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> phenology is at the maximum during early spring and late autumn. But the phenology state that optimized the classification result is the one that minimizes the spectral variation within <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> groups and, at the same time, maximizes the phenologic differences between <span class="hlt">species</span>. Sunlit <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns (5 deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> groups) were classified using a Random Forest approach for monotemporal, two-date and three-date combinations. The end of leaf flushing was the most efficient single-date time window. Multitemporal datasets definitely improve the overall classification accuracy. But single-date high resolution orthophotomosaics, acquired on optimal time-windows, result in a very good classification accuracy (overall out of bag error of 16%). PMID:26600422</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4604832','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4604832"><span id="translatedtitle">PoMo: An Allele Frequency-Based Approach for <span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Estimation</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>De Maio, Nicola; Schrempf, Dominik; Kosiol, Carolin</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Incomplete lineage sorting can cause incongruencies of the overall <span class="hlt">species</span>-level phylogenetic <span class="hlt">tree</span> with the phylogenetic <span class="hlt">trees</span> for individual genes or genomic segments. If these incongruencies are not accounted for, it is possible to incur several biases in <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimation. Here, we present a simple maximum likelihood approach that accounts for ancestral variation and incomplete lineage sorting. We use a POlymorphisms-aware phylogenetic MOdel (PoMo) that we have recently shown to efficiently estimate mutation rates and fixation biases from within and between-<span class="hlt">species</span> variation data. We extend this model to perform efficient estimation of <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We test the performance of PoMo in several different scenarios of incomplete lineage sorting using simulations and compare it with existing methods both in accuracy and computational speed. In contrast to other approaches, our model does not use coalescent theory but is allele frequency based. We show that PoMo is well suited for genome-wide <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimation and that on such data it is more accurate than previous approaches. PMID:26209413</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/949520','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/949520"><span id="translatedtitle">Strategy space and the disturbance spectrum : a model for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Loehle, C.; Environmental Research</p> <p>2000-07-01</p> <p>The disturbance spectrum consists of disturbance patterns differing in type, size, intensity, and frequency. It is proposed that <span class="hlt">tree</span> life-history traits are adaptations to particular disturbance regimes. Four independent axes are proposed to define the dominant dimensions of <span class="hlt">tree</span> strategy space: shade tolerance, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, capacity for vegetative reproduction, and seed dispersal distance. A fitness model was developed to elucidate interactions between the proposed life-history traits. The model shows how alternate life-history sets can coexist when disturbance patterns fluctuate in space and time. Variable disturbance regimes were shown, based on data and simulation results, to enhance <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence, as predicted. The strategy space model accurately predicts the number of common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for the eastern United States, boreal Canada, and southwestern pinon-juniper woodlands. The model also provides an explanation for latitudinal gradients in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> richness in North America and Europe. The proposed model predicts a relationship between disturbance characteristics and the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition of a forest that allows for the coexistence of large numbers of <span class="hlt">species</span>. The life-history traits of size, growth rate, life span, shade tolerance, age of reproduction, seed dispersal distance, and vegetative reproduction are all incorporated into the model.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/949422','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/949422"><span id="translatedtitle">Strategy space and the disturbance spectrum : a life history model for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Loehle, C.; Environmental Research</p> <p>2000-07-01</p> <p>The disturbance spectrum consists of disturbance patterns differing in type, size, intensity, and frequency. It is proposed that <span class="hlt">tree</span> life-history traits are adaptations to particular disturbance regimes. Four independent axes are proposed to define the dominant dimensions of <span class="hlt">tree</span> strategy space: shade tolerance, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, capacity for vegetative reproduction, and seed dispersal distance. A fitness model was developed to elucidate interactions between the proposed life-history traits. The model shows how alternate life-history sets can coexist when disturbance patterns fluctuate in space and time. Variable disturbance regimes were shown, based on data and simulation results, to enhance <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence, as predicted. The strategy space model accurately predicts the number of common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for the eastern United States, boreal Canada, and southwestern pinon-juniper woodlands. The model also provides an explanation for latitudinal gradients in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> richness in North America and Europe. The proposed model predicts a relationship between disturbance characteristics and the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition of a forest that allows for the coexistence of large numbers of <span class="hlt">species</span>. The life-history traits of size, growth rate, life span, shade tolerance, age of reproduction, seed dispersal distance, and vegetative reproduction are all incorporated into the model.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21910838','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21910838"><span id="translatedtitle">Fruit availability, frugivore satiation and seed removal in 2 primate-dispersed <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ratiarison, Sandra; Forget, Pierre-Michel</p> <p>2011-09-01</p> <p>During a mast-fruiting event we investigated spatial variability in fruit availability, consumption, and seed removal at two sympatric <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Manilkara bidentata and M. huberi (Sapotaceae) at Nouragues Natural Reserve, French Guiana. We addressed the question of how Manilkara density and fruits at the community level might be major causes of variability in feeding assemblages between <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. We thus explored how the frugivore assemblages differed between forest patches with contrasting relative Manilkara density and fruiting context. During the daytime, Alouatta seniculus was more often observed in M. huberi crowns at Petit Plateau (PP) with the greatest density of Manilkara spp. and the lowest fruit diversity and availability, whereas Cebus apella and Saguinus midas were more often observed in M. bidentata crowns at both Grand Plateau (GP), with a lowest density of M. bidentata and overall greater fruit supply, and PP. Overall, nearly 53% and 15% of the M. bidentata seed crop at GP and PP, respectively, and about 47% of the M. huberi seed crop were removed, otherwise either spit out or defecated beneath <span class="hlt">trees</span>, or dropped in fruits. Small-bodied primates concentrated fallen seeds beneath parent <span class="hlt">trees</span> while large-bodied primate <span class="hlt">species</span> removed and dispersed more seeds away from parents. However, among the latter, satiated A. seniculus wasted seeds under conspecific <span class="hlt">trees</span> at PP. Variations in feeding assemblages, seed removal rates and fates possibly reflected interactions with extra-generic fruit <span class="hlt">species</span> at the community level, according to feeding choice, habitat preferences and ranging patterns of primate <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:21910838</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4893','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/4893"><span id="translatedtitle">Supplemental planting of early successional <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> during bottomland hardwood afforestation</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Twedt, D.J.; Wilson, R.R.</p> <p>2002-01-01</p> <p>Reforestation of former bottom land hardwood forests that have been cleared for agriculture (i.e., afforestation) has historically emphasized planting heavy-seeded oaks (Quercus spp.) and pecans (Carya spp.). These <span class="hlt">species</span> are slow to develop vertical forest structure. However, vertical forest structure is key to colonization of afforested sites by forest birds. Although early-successional <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> often enhance vertical structure, few of these <span class="hlt">species</span> invade afforested sites that are distant from seed sources. Furthermore, many land mangers are reluctant to establish and maintain stands of fast-growing plantation <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Therefore, on 40 afforested bottomland sites, we supplemented heavy-seeded seedlings with 8 patches of fast-growing <span class="hlt">trees</span>: 4 patches of 12 eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) stem cuttings and 4 patches of 12 American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) seedlings. To enhance survival and growth, <span class="hlt">tree</span> patches were subjected to 4 weed control treatments: (1) physical weed barriers, (2) chemical herbicide, (3) both physical and chemical weed control, or (4) no weed control. Overall, first-year survival of cottonwood and sycamore was 25 percent and 47 percent, respectively. Second-year survival of extant <span class="hlt">trees</span> was 52 percent for cottonwood and 77 percent for sycamore. Physical weed barriers increased survival of cottonwoods to 30 percent versus 18 percent survival with no weed control. Similarly, sycamore survival was increased from 49 percent without weed control to 64 percent with physical weed barriers. Chemical weed control adversely impacted sycamore and reduced survival to 35 percent. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> heights did not differ between <span class="hlt">species</span> or among weed control treatments. Girdling of <span class="hlt">trees</span> by deer often destroyed saplings. Thus, little increase in vertical structure was detected between growing seasons. Application of fertilizer and protection via <span class="hlt">tree</span> shelters did not improve survival or vertical development of sycamore or cottonwood.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12650343','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12650343"><span id="translatedtitle">Survival and development of Lymantria monacha (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) on North American and introduced Eurasian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Keena, M A</p> <p>2003-02-01</p> <p>Lymantria monacha (L.) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), the nun moth, is a Eurasian pest of conifers that has potential for accidental introduction into North America. To project the potential host range of this insect if introduced into North America, survival and development of L. monacha on 26 North American and eight introduced Eurasian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were examined. Seven conifer <span class="hlt">species</span> (Abies concolor, Picea abies, P. glauca, P. pungens, Pinus sylvestris with male cones, P. menziesii variety glance, and Tsuga canadensis) and six broadleaf <span class="hlt">species</span> (Betula populifolia, Malus x domestica, Prunus serotiaa, Quercus lobata, Q. rubra, and Q. velutina) were suitable for L. monacha survival and development. Eleven of the host <span class="hlt">species</span> tested were rated as intermediate in suitability, four conifer <span class="hlt">species</span> (Larix occidentalis, P. nigra, P. ponderosa, P. strobus, and Pseudotsuga menziesii variety menziesii) and six broadleaf <span class="hlt">species</span> (Carpinus caroliniana, Carya ovata, Fagus grandifolia, Populus grandidentata, Q. alba, and Tilia cordata) and the remaining 10 <span class="hlt">species</span> tested were rated as poor (Acer rubrum, A. platanoidies, A. saccharum, F. americana, Juniperus virginiana, Larix kaempferi, Liriodendron tulipfera, Morus alba, P. taeda, and P. deltoides). The phenological state of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> had a major impact on establishment, survival, and development of L. monacha on many of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> tested. Several of the deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that are suitable for L. monacha also are suitable for L. dispar (L.) and L. mathura Moore. Establishment of L. monacha in North America would be catastrophic because of the large number of economically important <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on which it can survive and develop, and the ability of mated females to fly and colonize new areas. PMID:12650343</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4496029','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4496029"><span id="translatedtitle">Operational <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Mapping in a Diverse Tropical Forest with Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Baldeck, Claire A.; Asner, Gregory P.; Martin, Robin E.; Anderson, Christopher B.; Knapp, David E.; Kellner, James R.; Wright, S. Joseph</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Remote identification and mapping of canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> can contribute valuable information towards our understanding of ecosystem biodiversity and function over large spatial scales. However, the extreme challenges posed by highly diverse, closed-canopy tropical forests have prevented automated remote <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping of non-flowering <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns in these ecosystems. We set out to identify individuals of three focal canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> amongst a diverse background of <span class="hlt">tree</span> and liana <span class="hlt">species</span> on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, using airborne imaging spectroscopy data. First, we compared two leading single-class classification methods—binary support vector machine (SVM) and biased SVM—for their performance in identifying pixels of a single focal <span class="hlt">species</span>. From this comparison we determined that biased SVM was more precise and created a multi-<span class="hlt">species</span> classification model by combining the three biased SVM models. This model was applied to the imagery to identify pixels belonging to the three focal <span class="hlt">species</span> and the prediction results were then processed to create a map of focal <span class="hlt">species</span> crown objects. Crown-level cross-validation of the training data indicated that the multi-<span class="hlt">species</span> classification model had pixel-level producer’s accuracies of 94–97% for the three focal <span class="hlt">species</span>, and field validation of the predicted crown objects indicated that these had user’s accuracies of 94–100%. Our results demonstrate the ability of high spatial and spectral resolution remote sensing to accurately detect non-flowering crowns of focal <span class="hlt">species</span> within a diverse tropical forest. We attribute the success of our model to recent classification and mapping techniques adapted to <span class="hlt">species</span> detection in diverse closed-canopy forests, which can pave the way for remote <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping in a wider variety of ecosystems. PMID:26153693</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25988872','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25988872"><span id="translatedtitle">Dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are at risk from exaggerated drought under climate change.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Fensham, Roderick J; Fraser, Josie; MacDermott, Harry J; Firn, Jenifer</p> <p>2015-10-01</p> <p>Predicting the consequences of climate change on forest systems is difficult because <span class="hlt">trees</span> may display <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific responses to exaggerated droughts that may not be reflected by the climatic envelope of their geographic range. Furthermore, few studies have examined the postdrought recovery potential of drought-susceptible <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. This study develops a robust ranking of the drought susceptibility of 21 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> based on their mortality after two droughts (1990s and 2000s) in the savanna of north-eastern Australia. Drought-induced mortality was positively related to <span class="hlt">species</span> dominance, negatively related to the ratio of postdrought seedlings to adults and had no relationship to the magnitude of extreme drought within the <span class="hlt">species</span> current geographic ranges. These results suggest that predicting the consequences of exaggerated drought on <span class="hlt">species</span>' geographic ranges is difficult, but that dominant <span class="hlt">species</span> like Eucalyptus with relatively slow rates of population recovery and dispersal are the most susceptible. The implications for savanna ecosystems are lower <span class="hlt">tree</span> densities and basal area. PMID:25988872</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70041741','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70041741"><span id="translatedtitle">Quantifying <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality in a mixed <span class="hlt">species</span> woodland using multitemporal high spatial resolution satellite imagery</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Garrity, Steven R.; Allen, Craig D.; Brumby, Steven P.; Gangodagamage, Chandana; McDowell, Nate G.; Cai, D. Michael</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Widespread <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality events have recently been observed in several biomes. To effectively quantify the severity and extent of these events, tools that allow for rapid assessment at the landscape scale are required. Past studies using high spatial resolution satellite imagery have primarily focused on detecting green, red, and gray <span class="hlt">tree</span> canopies during and shortly after <span class="hlt">tree</span> damage or mortality has occurred. However, detecting <span class="hlt">trees</span> in various stages of death is not always possible due to limited availability of archived satellite imagery. Here we assess the capability of high spatial resolution satellite imagery for <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality detection in a southwestern U.S. mixed <span class="hlt">species</span> woodland using archived satellite images acquired prior to mortality and well after dead <span class="hlt">trees</span> had dropped their leaves. We developed a multistep classification approach that uses: supervised masking of non-<span class="hlt">tree</span> image elements; bi-temporal (pre- and post-mortality) differencing of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and red:green ratio (RGI); and unsupervised multivariate clustering of pixels into live and dead <span class="hlt">tree</span> classes using a Gaussian mixture model. Classification accuracies were improved in a final step by tuning the rules of pixel classification using the posterior probabilities of class membership obtained from the Gaussian mixture model. Classifications were produced for two images acquired post-mortality with overall accuracies of 97.9% and 98.5%, respectively. Classified images were combined with land cover data to characterize the spatiotemporal characteristics of <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality across areas with differences in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition. We found that 38% of <span class="hlt">tree</span> crown area was lost during the drought period between 2002 and 2006. The majority of <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality during this period was concentrated in piñon-juniper (Pinus edulis-Juniperus monosperma) woodlands. An additional 20% of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> canopy died or was removed between 2006 and 2011, primarily in areas experiencing wildfire and management activity. -Our results demonstrate that unsupervised clustering of bi-temporal NDVI and RGI differences can be used to detect <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality resulting from numerous causes and in several forest cover types.</p> </li> </ol> <div class="pull-right"> <ul class="pagination"> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_1");'>«</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_6");'>6</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_7");'>7</a></li> <li class="active"><span>8</span></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_9");'>9</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_10");'>10</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_25");'>»</a></li> </ul> </div> </div><!-- col-sm-12 --> </div><!-- row --> </div><!-- page_8 --> <div id="page_9" class="hiddenDiv"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-12"> <div class="pull-right"> <ul class="pagination"> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_1");'>«</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_7");'>7</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_8");'>8</a></li> <li class="active"><span>9</span></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_10");'>10</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_11");'>11</a></li> <li><a href="#" onclick='return showDiv("page_25");'>»</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-12"> <ol class="result-class" start="161"> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ISPAnII22..175M','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ISPAnII22..175M"><span id="translatedtitle">Identification and Mapping of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in Urban Areas Using WORLDVIEW-2 Imagery</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Mustafa, Y. T.; Habeeb, H. N.; Stein, A.; Sulaiman, F. Y.</p> <p>2015-10-01</p> <p>Monitoring and mapping of urban <span class="hlt">trees</span> are essential to provide urban forestry authorities with timely and consistent information. Modern techniques increasingly facilitate these tasks, but require the development of semi-automatic <span class="hlt">tree</span> detection and classification methods. In this article, we propose an approach to delineate and map the crown of 15 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the city of Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq using WorldView-2 (WV-2) imagery. A <span class="hlt">tree</span> crown object is identified first and is subsequently delineated as an image object (IO) using vegetation indices and texture measurements. Next, three classification methods: Maximum Likelihood, Neural Network, and Support Vector Machine were used to classify IOs using selected IO features. The best results are obtained with Support Vector Machine classification that gives the best map of urban <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Duhok. The overall accuracy was between 60.93% to 88.92% and κ-coefficient was between 0.57 to 0.75. We conclude that fifteen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were identified and mapped at a satisfactory accuracy in urban areas of this study.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012EGUGA..14.9592I','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012EGUGA..14.9592I"><span id="translatedtitle">The response of European <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to drought: a meta-analysis</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Irschick, C.; Mayr, S.; Wohlfahrt, G.</p> <p>2012-04-01</p> <p>Here we provide first results of a meta-analysis of the response of European <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to drought. A literature search was conducted in order to collect available studies of the response of the gas exchange of European <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to either natural or imposed water shortage. The resulting publications were screened and parameters at organ (e.g. leaf or shoot), individual (i.e. <span class="hlt">tree</span>) and ecosystem scale were transferred to a data base. Here we present preliminary results from queries of the data base aiming at identifying differences in the drought response between <span class="hlt">species</span> that may have implications for forest productivity and composition under likely future warmer and drier conditions.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4840356','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4840356"><span id="translatedtitle">Warming effects on photosynthesis of subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: a translocation experiment along an altitudinal gradient</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Li, Yiyong; Liu, Juxiu; Zhou, Guoyi; Huang, Wenjuan; Duan, Honglang</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Ongoing climate warming induced by human activities may have great impacts on <span class="hlt">trees</span>, yet it remains unresolved how subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> respond to rising temperature in the field. Here, we used downward translocation to investigate the effects of climate warming on leaf photosynthesis of six common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in subtropical China. During the experimental period between 2012 and 2014, the mean average photosynthetic rates (Asat) under saturating light for Schima superba, Machilus breviflora, Pinus massoniana and Ardisia lindleyana in the warm site were7%, 19%, 20% and 29% higher than those in the control site. In contrast, seasonal Asat for Castanopsis hystrix in the warm site were lower compared to the control site. Changes in Asat in response to translocation were mainly associated with those in leaf stomatal conductance (gs) and photosynthetic capacity (RuBP carboxylation, RuBP regeneration capacity). Our results imply that climate warming could have potential impacts on <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and community structure in subtropical forests. PMID:27102064</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27102064','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27102064"><span id="translatedtitle">Warming effects on photosynthesis of subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: a translocation experiment along an altitudinal gradient.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Li, Yiyong; Liu, Juxiu; Zhou, Guoyi; Huang, Wenjuan; Duan, Honglang</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Ongoing climate warming induced by human activities may have great impacts on <span class="hlt">trees</span>, yet it remains unresolved how subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> respond to rising temperature in the field. Here, we used downward translocation to investigate the effects of climate warming on leaf photosynthesis of six common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in subtropical China. During the experimental period between 2012 and 2014, the mean average photosynthetic rates (Asat) under saturating light for Schima superba, Machilus breviflora, Pinus massoniana and Ardisia lindleyana in the warm site were7%, 19%, 20% and 29% higher than those in the control site. In contrast, seasonal Asat for Castanopsis hystrix in the warm site were lower compared to the control site. Changes in Asat in response to translocation were mainly associated with those in leaf stomatal conductance (gs) and photosynthetic capacity (RuBP carboxylation, RuBP regeneration capacity). Our results imply that climate warming could have potential impacts on <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and community structure in subtropical forests. PMID:27102064</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2954149','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2954149"><span id="translatedtitle">Influences of Forest Structure, Climate and <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition on <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Mortality across the Eastern US</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Lines, Emily R.; Coomes, David A.; Purves, Drew W.</p> <p>2010-01-01</p> <p>Few studies have quantified regional variation in <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality, or explored whether <span class="hlt">species</span> compositional changes or within-<span class="hlt">species</span> variation are responsible for regional patterns, despite the fact that mortality has direct effects on the dynamics of woody biomass, <span class="hlt">species</span> composition, stand structure, wood production and forest response to climate change. Using Bayesian analysis of over 430,000 <span class="hlt">tree</span> records from a large eastern US forest database we characterised <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality as a function of climate, soils, <span class="hlt">species</span> and size (stem diameter). We found (1) mortality is U-shaped vs. stem diameter for all 21 <span class="hlt">species</span> examined; (2) mortality is hump-shaped vs. plot basal area for most <span class="hlt">species</span>; (3) geographical variation in mortality is substantial, and correlated with several environmental factors; and (4) individual <span class="hlt">species</span> vary substantially from the combined average in the nature and magnitude of their mortality responses to environmental variation. Regional variation in mortality is therefore the product of variation in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition combined with highly varied mortality-environment correlations within <span class="hlt">species</span>. The results imply that variation in mortality is a crucial part of variation in the forest carbon cycle, such that including this variation in models of the global carbon cycle could significantly narrow uncertainty in climate change predictions. PMID:20967250</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4021425','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4021425"><span id="translatedtitle">An empirical evaluation of two-stage <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> inference strategies using a multilocus dataset from North American pines</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p></p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Background As it becomes increasingly possible to obtain DNA sequences of orthologous genes from diverse sets of taxa, <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> are frequently being inferred from multilocus data. However, the behavior of many methods for performing this inference has remained largely unexplored. Some methods have been proven to be consistent given certain evolutionary models, whereas others rely on criteria that, although appropriate for many parameter values, have peculiar zones of the parameter space in which they fail to converge on the correct estimate as data sets increase in size. Results Here, using North American pines, we empirically evaluate the behavior of 24 strategies for <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> inference using three alternative outgroups (72 strategies total). The data consist of 120 individuals sampled in eight ingroup <span class="hlt">species</span> from subsection Strobus and three outgroup <span class="hlt">species</span> from subsection Gerardianae, spanning ∼47 kilobases of sequence at 121 loci. Each “strategy” for inferring <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> consists of three features: a <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> construction method, a gene <span class="hlt">tree</span> inference method, and a choice of outgroup. We use multivariate analysis techniques such as principal components analysis and hierarchical clustering to identify <span class="hlt">tree</span> characteristics that are robustly observed across strategies, as well as to identify groups of strategies that produce <span class="hlt">trees</span> with similar features. We find that strategies that construct <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> using only topological information cluster together and that strategies that use additional non-topological information (e.g., branch lengths) also cluster together. Strategies that utilize more than one individual within a <span class="hlt">species</span> to infer gene <span class="hlt">trees</span> tend to produce estimates of <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> that contain clades present in <span class="hlt">trees</span> estimated by other strategies. Strategies that use the minimize-deep-coalescences criterion to construct <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> tend to produce <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimates that contain clades that are not present in <span class="hlt">trees</span> estimated by the Concatenation, RTC, SMRT, STAR, and STEAC methods, and that in general are more balanced than those inferred by these other strategies. Conclusions When constructing a <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> from a multilocus set of sequences, our observations provide a basis for interpreting differences in <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimates obtained via different approaches that have a two-stage structure in common, one step for gene <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimation and a second step for <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimation. The methods explored here employ a number of distinct features of the data, and our analysis suggests that recovery of the same results from multiple methods that tend to differ in their patterns of inference can be a valuable tool for obtaining reliable estimates. PMID:24678701</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25813032','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25813032"><span id="translatedtitle">Statistical analysis of texture in trunk images for biometric identification of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Bressane, Adriano; Roveda, José A F; Martins, Antônio C G</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>The identification of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> is a key step for sustainable management plans of forest resources, as well as for several other applications that are based on such surveys. However, the present available techniques are dependent on the presence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> structures, such as flowers, fruits, and leaves, limiting the identification process to certain periods of the year. Therefore, this article introduces a study on the application of statistical parameters for texture classification of <span class="hlt">tree</span> trunk images. For that, 540 samples from five Brazilian native deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> were acquired and measures of entropy, uniformity, smoothness, asymmetry (third moment), mean, and standard deviation were obtained from the presented textures. Using a decision <span class="hlt">tree</span>, a biometric <span class="hlt">species</span> identification system was constructed and resulted to a 0.84 average precision rate for <span class="hlt">species</span> classification with 0.83accuracy and 0.79 agreement. Thus, it can be considered that the use of texture presented in trunk images can represent an important advance in <span class="hlt">tree</span> identification, since the limitations of the current techniques can be overcome. PMID:25813032</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014IJAEO..28..140G','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014IJAEO..28..140G"><span id="translatedtitle">Forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> discrimination in western Himalaya using EO-1 Hyperion</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>George, Rajee; Padalia, Hitendra; Kushwaha, S. P. S.</p> <p>2014-05-01</p> <p>The information acquired in the narrow bands of hyperspectral remote sensing data has potential to capture plant <span class="hlt">species</span> spectral variability, thereby improving forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping. This study assessed the utility of spaceborne EO-1 Hyperion data in discrimination and classification of broadleaved evergreen and conifer forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in western Himalaya. The pre-processing of 242 bands of Hyperion data resulted into 160 noise-free and vertical stripe corrected reflectance bands. Of these, 29 bands were selected through step-wise exclusion of bands (Wilk's Lambda). Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) algorithms were applied to the selected bands to assess their effectiveness in classification. SVM was also applied to broadband data (Landsat TM) to compare the variation in classification accuracy. All commonly occurring six gregarious <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, viz., white oak, brown oak, chir pine, blue pine, cedar and fir in western Himalaya could be effectively discriminated. SVM produced a better <span class="hlt">species</span> classification (overall accuracy 82.27%, kappa statistic 0.79) than SAM (overall accuracy 74.68%, kappa statistic 0.70). It was noticed that classification accuracy achieved with Hyperion bands was significantly higher than Landsat TM bands (overall accuracy 69.62%, kappa statistic 0.65). Study demonstrated the potential utility of narrow spectral bands of Hyperion data in discriminating <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in a hilly terrain.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24620581','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24620581"><span id="translatedtitle">Diversity and utilization of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Meitei homegardens of Barak Valley, Assam.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Devi, N Linthoingambi; Das, Ashesh Kumar</p> <p>2013-03-01</p> <p>An inventory of <span class="hlt">tree</span> diversity in traditional homegardens of Meitei community was conducted in a Bontarapur village in Cachar district of Barak Valley, Assam. Meitei homegarden locally called Ingkhol exhibits a wide diversity in size, shape, location and composition. Seventy one <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were enumerated from 50 homegardens belonging to 60 genus and 35 families. Among the families encountered, Rutaceae was the dominant family (4 genus and 7 <span class="hlt">species</span>) followed by Meliaceae (5 genus and 5 <span class="hlt">species</span>), Arecaceae (4 genus and 4 <span class="hlt">species</span>) and Moraceae (3 genus and 5 <span class="hlt">species</span>). Total 7946 <span class="hlt">tree</span> individuals were recorded, with the density of 831 No ha(-1) of and total basal area of 9.54 m2 ha(-1). Areco catechu was the dominant <span class="hlt">species</span> with the maximum number of individuals. Other dominant <span class="hlt">trees</span> include Mangifera indica, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Citrus grandis, Parkia timoriana, Syzygium cumini and Psidium guajava. Being a cash crop, the intensification of betel nut has been preferred in many homegardens. Homegardens form an important component of land use of Meitei community which fulfills the socio-cultural and economic needs of the family and helps in conserving plant diversity through utilization. PMID:24620581</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26094447','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26094447"><span id="translatedtitle">[Biomass allometric equations of nine common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in an evergreen broadleaved forest of subtropical China].</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Zuo, Shu-di; Ren, Yin; Weng, Xian; Ding, Hong-feng; Luo, Yun-jian</p> <p>2015-02-01</p> <p>Biomass allometric equation (BAE) considered as a simple and reliable method in the estimation of forest biomass and carbon was used widely. In China, numerous studies focused on the BAEs for coniferous forest and pure broadleaved forest, and generalized BAEs were frequently used to estimate the biomass and carbon of mixed broadleaved forest, although they could induce large uncertainty in the estimates. In this study, we developed the <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific and generalized BAEs using biomass measurement for 9 common broadleaved <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Castanopsis fargesii, C. lamontii, C. tibetana, Lithocarpus glaber, Sloanea sinensis, Daphniphyllum oldhami, Alniphyllum fortunei, Manglietia yuyuanensis, and Engelhardtia fenzlii) of subtropical evergreen broadleaved forest, and compared differences in <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific and generalized BAEs. The results showed that D (diameter at breast height) was a better independent variable in estimating the biomass of branch, leaf, root, aboveground section and total <span class="hlt">tree</span> than a combined variable (D2 H) of D and H (<span class="hlt">tree</span> height) , but D2H was better than D in estimating stem biomass. R2 (coefficient of determination) values of BAEs for 6 <span class="hlt">species</span> decreased when adding H as the second independent variable into D- only BAEs, where R2 value for S. sinensis decreased by 5.6%. Compared with generalized D- and D2H-based BAEs, standard errors of estimate (SEE) of BAEs for 8 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> decreased, and similar decreasing trend was observed for different components, where SEEs of the branch decreased by 13.0% and 20.3%. Therefore, the biomass carbon storage and its dynamic estimates were influenced largely by <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and model types. In order to improve the accuracy of the estimates of biomass and carbon, we should consider the differences in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and model types. PMID:26094447</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70028562','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70028562"><span id="translatedtitle">Effects of sample survey design on the accuracy of classification <span class="hlt">tree</span> models in <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution models</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Edwards, T.C., Jr.; Cutler, D.R.; Zimmermann, N.E.; Geiser, L.; Moisen, G.G.</p> <p>2006-01-01</p> <p>We evaluated the effects of probabilistic (hereafter DESIGN) and non-probabilistic (PURPOSIVE) sample surveys on resultant classification <span class="hlt">tree</span> models for predicting the presence of four lichen <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Models derived from both survey forms were assessed using an independent data set (EVALUATION). Measures of accuracy as gauged by resubstitution rates were similar for each lichen <span class="hlt">species</span> irrespective of the underlying sample survey form. Cross-validation estimates of prediction accuracies were lower than resubstitution accuracies for all <span class="hlt">species</span> and both design types, and in all cases were closer to the true prediction accuracies based on the EVALUATION data set. We argue that greater emphasis should be placed on calculating and reporting cross-validation accuracy rates rather than simple resubstitution accuracy rates. Evaluation of the DESIGN and PURPOSIVE <span class="hlt">tree</span> models on the EVALUATION data set shows significantly lower prediction accuracy for the PURPOSIVE <span class="hlt">tree</span> models relative to the DESIGN models, indicating that non-probabilistic sample surveys may generate models with limited predictive capability. These differences were consistent across all four lichen <span class="hlt">species</span>, with 11 of the 12 possible <span class="hlt">species</span> and sample survey type comparisons having significantly lower accuracy rates. Some differences in accuracy were as large as 50%. The classification <span class="hlt">tree</span> structures also differed considerably both among and within the modelled <span class="hlt">species</span>, depending on the sample survey form. Overlap in the predictor variables selected by the DESIGN and PURPOSIVE <span class="hlt">tree</span> models ranged from only 20% to 38%, indicating the classification <span class="hlt">trees</span> fit the two evaluated survey forms on different sets of predictor variables. The magnitude of these differences in predictor variables throws doubt on ecological interpretation derived from prediction models based on non-probabilistic sample surveys. ?? 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25371435','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25371435"><span id="translatedtitle">Toward more accurate ancestral protein genotype-phenotype reconstructions with the use of <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span>-aware gene <span class="hlt">trees</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Groussin, Mathieu; Hobbs, Joanne K; Szöllősi, Gergely J; Gribaldo, Simonetta; Arcus, Vickery L; Gouy, Manolo</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The resurrection of ancestral proteins provides direct insight into how natural selection has shaped proteins found in nature. By tracing substitutions along a gene phylogeny, ancestral proteins can be reconstructed in silico and subsequently synthesized in vitro. This elegant strategy reveals the complex mechanisms responsible for the evolution of protein functions and structures. However, to date, all protein resurrection studies have used simplistic approaches for ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR), including the assumption that a single sequence alignment alone is sufficient to accurately reconstruct the history of the gene family. The impact of such shortcuts on conclusions about ancestral functions has not been investigated. Here, we show with simulations that utilizing information on <span class="hlt">species</span> history using a model that accounts for the duplication, horizontal transfer, and loss (DTL) of genes statistically increases ASR accuracy. This underscores the importance of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> topology in the inference of putative ancestors. We validate our in silico predictions using in vitro resurrection of the LeuB enzyme for the ancestor of the Firmicutes, a major and ancient bacterial phylum. With this particular protein, our experimental results demonstrate that information on the <span class="hlt">species</span> phylogeny results in a biochemically more realistic and kinetically more stable ancestral protein. Additional resurrection experiments with different proteins are necessary to statistically quantify the impact of using <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span>-aware gene <span class="hlt">trees</span> on ancestral protein phenotypes. Nonetheless, our results suggest the need for incorporating both sequence and DTL information in future studies of protein resurrections to accurately define the genotype-phenotype space in which proteins diversify. PMID:25371435</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20497203','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20497203"><span id="translatedtitle">Effects of pioneer <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> hyperabundance on forest fragments in northeastern Brazil.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Tabarelli, Marcelo; Aguiar, Antonio V; Girão, Luciana C; Peres, Carlos A; Lopes, Ariadna V</p> <p>2010-12-01</p> <p>Despite many studies on fragmentation of tropical forests, the extent to which plant and animal communities are altered in small, isolated forest fragments remains obscure if not controversial. We examined the hypothesis that fragmentation alters the relative abundance of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with different vegetative and reproductive traits. In a fragmented landscape (670 km(2) ) of the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil, we categorized 4056 <span class="hlt">trees</span> of 182 <span class="hlt">species</span> by leafing pattern, reproductive phenology, and morphology of seeds and fruit. We calculated relative abundance of traits in 50 1-ha plots in three types of forest configurations: forest edges, small forest fragments (3.4-83.6 ha), and interior of the largest forest fragment (3500 ha, old growth). Although evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> were the most abundant across all configurations, forest edges and small fragments had more deciduous and semideciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> than interior forest. Edges lacked supra-annual flowering and fruiting <span class="hlt">species</span> and had more <span class="hlt">species</span> and stems with drupes and small seeds than small forest fragments and forest interior areas. In an ordination of <span class="hlt">species</span> similarity and life-history traits, the three types of configurations formed clearly segregated clusters. Furthermore, the differences in the taxonomic and functional (i.e., trait-based) composition of <span class="hlt">tree</span> assemblages we documented were driven primarily by the higher abundance of pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span> in the forest edge and small forest fragments. Our work provides strong evidence that long-term transitions in phenology and seed and fruit morphology of <span class="hlt">tree</span> functional groups are occurring in fragmented tropical forests. Our results also suggest that edge-induced shifts in <span class="hlt">tree</span> assemblages of tropical forests can be larger than previously documented. PMID:20497203</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.springerlink.com/content/g4295k8x56wj20g0/','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://www.springerlink.com/content/g4295k8x56wj20g0/"><span id="translatedtitle">Complementary models of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>-soil relationships in old-growth temperate forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Cross, Alison; Perakis, Steven S.</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>Ecosystem level studies identify plant soil feed backs as important controls on soil nutrient availability,particularly for nitrogen and phosphorus. Although site and <span class="hlt">species</span> specific studies of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> soil relationships are relatively common,comparatively fewer studies consider multiple coexisting speciesin old-growth forests across a range of sites that vary underlying soil fertility. We characterized patterns in forest floor and mineral soil nutrients associated with four common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> across eight undisturbed old-growth forests in Oregon, USA, and used two complementary conceptual models to assess <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> soil relationships. Plant soil feedbacks that could reinforce sitelevel differences in nutrient availability were assessed using the context dependent relationships model, where by relative <span class="hlt">species</span> based differences in each soil nutrient divergedorconvergedas nutrient status changed across sites. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> soil relationships that did not reflect strong feedbacks were evaluated using a site independent relationships model, where by forest floor and surface mineral soil nutrient tools differed consistently by <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> across sites,without variation in deeper mineral soils. We found that theorganically cycled elements carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus exhibited context-dependent differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> in both forest floor and mineral soil, and most of ten followed adivergence model,where by <span class="hlt">species</span> differences were greatest at high-nutrient sites. These patterns are consistent with the oryemphasizing biotic control of these elements through plant soil feedback mechanisms. Site independent <span class="hlt">species</span> differences were strongest for pool so if the weather able cations calcium, magnesium, potassium,as well as phosphorus, in mineral soils. Site independent <span class="hlt">species</span> differences in forest floor nutrients we reattributable too nespecies that displayed significant greater forest floor mass accumulation. Our finding confirmed that site-independent and context-dependent <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>-soil relationships occur simultaneouslyinold-grow the temperate forests, with context-dependent relationships strongest for organically cycled elements, and site-independent relationships strongest for weather able elements with in organic cycling phases. These models provide complementary explanations for patterns of nutrient accumulation and cycling in mixed <span class="hlt">species</span> old-growth temperate forests.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22086910','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22086910"><span id="translatedtitle">New <span class="hlt">species</span> of Gondwanamyces from dying Euphorbia <span class="hlt">trees</span> in South Africa.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>van der Linde, Johannes Alwyn; Six, Diana L; Wingfield, Michael J; Roux, Jolanda</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Gondwanamyces and its Custingophora anamorphs were first described from Protea infructescences in South Africa. Subsequently these unusual fungi were also found on Cecropia in Central America. During an investigation into the decline and death of native Euphorbia <span class="hlt">trees</span> in South Africa, several fungal isolates resembling the anamorph state of Gondwanamyces were obtained from diseased tissues. In this study these isolates are identified based on morphology and comparisons of DNA sequences. Two previously unknown Gondwanamyces <span class="hlt">species</span> were identified, both were associated with damage caused by beetles (Cossonus sp.). Inoculation studies showed that the new <span class="hlt">species</span> of Gondwanamyces are pathogenic on Euphorbia ingens and may contribute to the decline of these <span class="hlt">trees</span>. PMID:22086910</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4407066','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4407066"><span id="translatedtitle">How <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> fill geographic and ecological space in eastern North America</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Ricklefs, Robert E.</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Background and Aims Ecologists broadly accept that the number of <span class="hlt">species</span> present within a region balances regional processes of immigration and speciation against competitive and other interactions between populations that limit distribution and constrain diversity. Although ecological theory has, for a long time, addressed the premise that ecological space can be filled to ‘capacity’ with <span class="hlt">species</span>, only with the availability of time-calibrated phylogenies has it been possible to test the hypothesis that diversification slows as the number of <span class="hlt">species</span> in a region increases. Focusing on the deciduous <span class="hlt">trees</span> of eastern North America, this study tested predictions from competition theory concerning the distribution and abundance of <span class="hlt">species</span>. Methods Local assemblages of <span class="hlt">trees</span> tabulated in a previous study published in 1950 were analysed. Assemblages were ordinated with respect to <span class="hlt">species</span> composition by non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMS). Distributions of <span class="hlt">trees</span> were analysed by taxonomically nested analysis of variance, discriminant analysis based on NMS scores, and canonical correlation analysis of NMS scores and Bioclim climate variables. Key Results Most of the variance in <span class="hlt">species</span> abundance and distribution was concentrated among closely related (i.e. congeneric) <span class="hlt">species</span>, indicating evolutionary lability. <span class="hlt">Species</span> distribution and abundance were unrelated to the number of close relatives, suggesting that competitive effects are diffuse. Distances between pairs of congeneric <span class="hlt">species</span> in NMS space did not differ significantly from distances between more distantly related <span class="hlt">species</span>, in contrast to the predictions of both competitive habitat partitioning and ecological sorting of <span class="hlt">species</span>. Conclusions Eastern deciduous forests of North America do not appear to be saturated with <span class="hlt">species</span>. The distributions and abundances of individual <span class="hlt">species</span> provide little evidence of being shaped by competition from related (i.e. ecologically similar) <span class="hlt">species</span> and, by inference, that diversification is constrained by interspecific competition. PMID:25851139</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3641141','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3641141"><span id="translatedtitle">A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Individual <span class="hlt">Species</span>-Area Relationship in Temperate and Tropical <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Communities</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Yang, Jie; Swenson, Nathan G.; Cao, Min; Chuyong, George B.; Ewango, Corneille E. N.; Howe, Robert; Kenfack, David; Thomas, Duncan; Wolf, Amy; Lin, Luxiang</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Ecologists have historically used <span class="hlt">species</span>-area relationships (SARs) as a tool to understand the spatial distribution of <span class="hlt">species</span>. Recent work has extended SARs to focus on individual-level distributions to generate individual <span class="hlt">species</span> area relationships (ISARs). The ISAR approach quantifies whether individuals of a <span class="hlt">species</span> tend have more or less <span class="hlt">species</span> richness surrounding them than expected by chance. By identifying richness ‘accumulators’ and ‘repellers’, respectively, the ISAR approach has been used to infer the relative importance of abiotic and biotic interactions and neutrality. A clear limitation of the SAR and ISAR approaches is that all <span class="hlt">species</span> are treated as evolutionarily independent and that a large amount of work has now shown that local <span class="hlt">tree</span> neighborhoods exhibit non-random phylogenetic structure given the <span class="hlt">species</span> richness. Here, we use nine tropical and temperate forest dynamics plots to ask: (i) do ISARs change predictably across latitude?; (ii) is the phylogenetic diversity in the neighborhood of <span class="hlt">species</span> accumulators and repellers higher or lower than that expected given the observed <span class="hlt">species</span> richness?; and (iii) do <span class="hlt">species</span> accumulators, repellers distributed non-randomly on the community phylogenetic <span class="hlt">tree</span>? The results indicate no clear trend in ISARs from the temperate zone to the tropics and that the phylogenetic diversity surrounding the individuals of <span class="hlt">species</span> is generally only non-random on very local scales. Interestingly the distribution of <span class="hlt">species</span> accumulators and repellers was non-random on the community phylogenies suggesting the presence of phylogenetic signal in the ISAR across latitude. PMID:23650553</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014EnMan..53..783S','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014EnMan..53..783S"><span id="translatedtitle">The Right <span class="hlt">Tree</span> for the Job? Perceptions of <span class="hlt">Species</span> Suitability for the Provision of Ecosystem Services</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Smaill, Simeon J.; Bayne, Karen M.; Coker, Graham W. R.; Paul, Thomas S. H.; Clinton, Peter W.</p> <p>2014-04-01</p> <p>Stakeholders in plantation forestry are increasingly aware of the importance of the ecosystem services and non-market values associated with forests. In New Zealand, there is significant interest in establishing <span class="hlt">species</span> other than Pinus radiata D. Don (the dominant plantation <span class="hlt">species</span>) in the belief that alternative <span class="hlt">species</span> are better suited to deliver these services. Significant risk is associated with this position as there is little objective data to support these views. To identify which <span class="hlt">species</span> were likely to be planted to deliver ecosystem services, a survey was distributed to examine stakeholder perceptions. Stakeholders were asked which of 15 <span class="hlt">tree</span> attributes contributed to the provision of five ecosystem services (amenity value, bioenergy production, carbon capture, the diversity of native habitat, and erosion control/water quality) and to identify which of 22 candidate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> possessed those attributes. These data were combined to identify the <span class="hlt">species</span> perceived most suitable for the delivery of each ecosystem service. Sequoia sempervirens (D.Don) Endl. closely matched the stakeholder derived ideotypes associated with all five ecosystem services. Comparisons to data from growth, physiological and ecological studies demonstrated that many of the opinions held by stakeholders were inaccurate, leading to erroneous assumptions regarding the suitability of most candidate <span class="hlt">species</span>. Stakeholder perceptions substantially influence <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> selection, and plantations established on the basis of inaccurate opinions are unlikely to deliver the desired outcomes. Attitudinal surveys associated with engagement campaigns are essential to improve stakeholder knowledge, advancing the development of fit-for-purpose forest management that provides the required ecosystem services.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25292455','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25292455"><span id="translatedtitle">Stem CO2 efflux in six co-occurring <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: underlying factors and ecological implications.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Rodríguez-Calcerrada, Jesús; López, Rosana; Salomón, Roberto; Gordaliza, Guillermo G; Valbuena-Carabaña, María; Oleksyn, Jacek; Gil, Luis</p> <p>2015-06-01</p> <p>Stem respiration plays a role in <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence and forest dynamics. Here we examined the intra- and inter-specific variability of stem CO2 efflux (E) in dominant and suppressed <span class="hlt">trees</span> of six deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> in a mixed forest stand: Fagus sylvatica L., Quercus petraea [Matt.] Liebl, Quercus pyrenaica Willd., Prunus avium L., Sorbus aucuparia L. and Crataegus monogyna Jacq. We conducted measurements in late autumn. Within <span class="hlt">species</span>, dominants had higher E per unit stem surface area (Es ) mainly because sapwood depth was higher than in suppressed <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Across <span class="hlt">species</span>, however, differences in Es corresponded with differences in the proportion of living parenchyma in sapwood and concentration of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). Across <span class="hlt">species</span>, Es was strongly and NSC marginally positively related with an index of drought tolerance, suggesting that slow growth of drought-tolerant <span class="hlt">trees</span> is related to higher NSC concentration and Es . We conclude that, during the leafless period, E is indicative of maintenance respiration and is related with some ecological characteristics of the <span class="hlt">species</span>, such as drought resistance; that sapwood depth is the main factor explaining variability in Es within <span class="hlt">species</span>; and that the proportion of NSC in the sapwood is the main factor behind variability in Es among <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:25292455</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3070431','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3070431"><span id="translatedtitle">Detecting Phylogenetic Breakpoints and Discordance from Genome-Wide Alignments for <span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Reconstruction</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Ané, Cécile</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>With the easy acquisition of sequence data, it is now possible to obtain and align whole genomes across multiple related <span class="hlt">species</span> or populations. In this work, I assess the performance of a statistical method to reconstruct the whole distribution of phylogenetic <span class="hlt">trees</span> along the genome, estimate the proportion of the genome for which a given clade is true, and infer a concordance <span class="hlt">tree</span> that summarizes the dominant vertical inheritance pattern. There are two main issues when dealing with whole-genome alignments, as opposed to multiple genes: the size of the data and the detection of recombination breakpoints. These breakpoints partition the genomic alignment into phylogenetically homogeneous loci, where sites within a given locus all share the same phylogenetic <span class="hlt">tree</span> topology. To delimitate these loci, I describe here a method based on the minimum description length (MDL) principle, implemented with dynamic programming for computational efficiency. Simulations show that combining MDL partitioning with Bayesian concordance analysis provides an efficient and robust way to estimate both the vertical inheritance signal and the horizontal phylogenetic signal. The method performed well both in the presence of incomplete lineage sorting and in the presence of horizontal gene transfer. A high level of systematic bias was found here, highlighting the need for good individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> building methods, which form the basis for more elaborate gene <span class="hlt">tree/species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> reconciliation methods. 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The extent to which this same phenomenon occurs based on genetic variation within a single <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, in a diverse complex ecosystem such as a tropical forest, is unknown. The level of biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem may reduce the impact of a single <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on associated communities. We assessed the influence of within-<span class="hlt">species</span> genetic variation in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> Brosimum alicastrum (Moraceae) on associated epiphytic and invertebrate communities in a neotropical rainforest. We found a significant positive association between genetic distance of <span class="hlt">trees</span> and community difference of the epiphytic plants growing on the <span class="hlt">tree</span>, the invertebrates living among the leaf litter around the base of the <span class="hlt">tree</span>, and the invertebrates found on the <span class="hlt">tree</span> trunk. This means that the more genetically similar <span class="hlt">trees</span> are host to more similar epiphyte and invertebrate communities. Our work has implications for whole ecosystem conservation management, since maintaining sufficient genetic diversity at the primary producer level will enhance <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity of other plants and animals. PMID:21444307</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3081567','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3081567"><span id="translatedtitle">Genetic variation in a tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> influences the associated epiphytic plant and invertebrate communities in a complex forest ecosystem</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Zytynska, Sharon E.; Fay, Michael F.; Penney, David; Preziosi, Richard F.</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>Genetic differences among <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, their hybrids and within <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are known to influence associated ecological communities and ecosystem processes in areas of limited <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity. The extent to which this same phenomenon occurs based on genetic variation within a single <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, in a diverse complex ecosystem such as a tropical forest, is unknown. The level of biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem may reduce the impact of a single <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on associated communities. We assessed the influence of within-<span class="hlt">species</span> genetic variation in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> Brosimum alicastrum (Moraceae) on associated epiphytic and invertebrate communities in a neotropical rainforest. We found a significant positive association between genetic distance of <span class="hlt">trees</span> and community difference of the epiphytic plants growing on the <span class="hlt">tree</span>, the invertebrates living among the leaf litter around the base of the <span class="hlt">tree</span>, and the invertebrates found on the <span class="hlt">tree</span> trunk. This means that the more genetically similar <span class="hlt">trees</span> are host to more similar epiphyte and invertebrate communities. Our work has implications for whole ecosystem conservation management, since maintaining sufficient genetic diversity at the primary producer level will enhance <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity of other plants and animals. PMID:21444307</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4538783','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4538783"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> cover at fine and coarse spatial grains interacts with shade tolerance to shape plant <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions across the Alps</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Nieto-Lugilde, Diego; Lenoir, Jonathan; Abdulhak, Sylvain; Aeschimann, David; Dullinger, Stefan; Gégout, Jean-Claude; Guisan, Antoine; Pauli, Harald; Renaud, Julien; Theurillat, Jean-Paul; Thuiller, Wilfried; Van Es, Jérémie; Vittoz, Pascal; Willner, Wolfgang; Wohlgemuth, Thomas; Zimmermann, Niklaus E.; Svenning, Jens-Christian</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The role of competition for light among plants has long been recognised at local scales, but its importance for plant <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions at larger spatial scales has generally been ignored. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> cover modifies the local abiotic conditions below the canopy, notably by reducing light availability, and thus, also the performance of <span class="hlt">species</span> that are not adapted to low-light conditions. However, this local effect may propagate to coarser spatial grains, by affecting colonisation probabilities and local extinction risks of herbs and shrubs. To assess the effect of <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover at both the plot- and landscape-grain sizes (approximately 10-m and 1-km), we fit Generalised Linear Models (GLMs) for the plot-level distributions of 960 <span class="hlt">species</span> of herbs and shrubs using 6,935 vegetation plots across the European Alps. We ran four models with different combinations of variables (climate, soil and <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover) at both spatial grains for each <span class="hlt">species</span>. We used partial regressions to evaluate the independent effects of plot- and landscape-grain <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover on plot-level plant communities. Finally, the effects on <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific elevational range limits were assessed by simulating a removal experiment comparing the <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions under high and low <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover. Accounting for <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover improved the model performance, with the probability of the presence of shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> increasing with increasing <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover, whereas shade-intolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> showed the opposite pattern. The <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover effect occurred consistently at both the plot and landscape spatial grains, albeit most strongly at the former. Importantly, <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover at the two grain sizes had partially independent effects on plot-level plant communities. With high <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover, shade-intolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited narrower elevational ranges than with low <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover whereas shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> showed wider elevational ranges at both limits. These findings suggest that forecasts of climate-related range shifts for herb and shrub <span class="hlt">species</span> may be modified by <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover dynamics. PMID:26290621</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26828175','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26828175"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Suitability to Bioswales and Impact on the Urban Water Budget.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Scharenbroch, Bryant C; Morgenroth, Justin; Maule, Brian</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Water movement between soil and the atmosphere is restricted by hardscapes in the urban environment. Some green infrastructure is intended to increase infiltration and storage of water, thus decreasing runoff and discharge of urban stormwater. Bioswales are a critical component of a water-sensitive urban design (or a low-impact urban design), and incorporation of <span class="hlt">trees</span> into these green infrastructural components is believed to be a novel way to return stored water to the atmosphere via transpiration. This research was conducted in The Morton Arboretum's main parking lot, which is one of the first and largest green infrastructure installations in the midwestern United States. The parking lot is constructed of permeable pavers and <span class="hlt">tree</span> bioswales. <span class="hlt">Trees</span> in bioswales were evaluated for growth and condition and for their effects on water cycling via transpiration. Our data indicate that <span class="hlt">trees</span> in bioswales accounted for 46 to 72% of total water outputs via transpiration, thereby reducing runoff and discharge from the parking lot. By evaluating the stomatal conductance, diameter growth, and condition of a variety of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in these bioswales, we found that not all <span class="hlt">species</span> are equally suited for bioswales and that not all are equivalent in their transpiration and growth rates, thereby contributing differentially to the functional capacity of bioswales. We conclude that <span class="hlt">species</span> with high stomatal conductance and large mature form are likely to contribute best to bioswale function. PMID:26828175</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014JHyd..519..446S','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014JHyd..519..446S"><span id="translatedtitle">Seasonal and meteorological effects on differential stemflow funneling ratios for two deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Siegert, C. M.; Levia, D. F.</p> <p>2014-11-01</p> <p>Stemflow is an important subcanopy flux that delivers enriched rainfall to soils immediately surrounding a <span class="hlt">tree</span>. Stemflow volume represents the quantity of this hydrologic flux while funneling ratio (FR) represents the efficiency with which individual <span class="hlt">trees</span> scavenge water during rainfall events. Stemflow hydrology and storm meteorological characteristics were monitored from 2007 through 2012 to determine the interspecific differences in stemflow flux with a focus on FR efficiency. The objective of this study was to examine the influence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and size on stemflow FR, determine how seasonality affects stemflow FR, and quantify the role of storm meteorological conditions on stemflow FR. The results presented in this paper build upon 2 years of previous hydrologic research from the Fair Hill, MD field site, which strengthen previous findings via larger storm sample size and highlight more complex stemflow hydrologic relationships than originally assumed. Specifically, this study has demonstrated (1) the efficiency with which smaller <span class="hlt">trees</span> gain access to rainfall via higher FR than larger <span class="hlt">trees</span>, (2) the FR variability of F. grandifolia induced by the <span class="hlt">species</span>' ease of generating stemflow under many storm conditions, and (3) the necessity of many years of hydrometeorological sampling to capture long-term rainfall characteristics and trends. The efficiency of smaller <span class="hlt">trees</span> to preferentially funnel water to their <span class="hlt">tree</span> base has implications for forests undergoing change. Forest disturbance and subsequent regrowth is dominated by smaller <span class="hlt">trees</span>, but additional research is necessary to understand how saplings compete among one another to gain access to stemflow and how this may be influenced by changing climates and forest composition.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013EnMan..51..524M','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013EnMan..51..524M"><span id="translatedtitle">Certified and Uncertified Logging Concessions Compared in Gabon: Changes in Stand Structure, <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>, and Biomass</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Medjibe, V. P.; Putz, Francis E.; Romero, Claudia</p> <p>2013-03-01</p> <p>Forest management certification is assumed to promote sustainable forest management, but there is little field-based evidence to support this claim. To help fill this gap, we compared a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified with an adjacent uncertified, conventionally logged concession (CL) in Gabon on the basis of logging damage, above-ground biomass (AGB), and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and composition. Before logging, we marked, mapped, and measured all <span class="hlt">trees</span> >10 cm dbh in 20 and twelve 1-ha permanent plots in the FSC and CL areas, respectively. Soil and <span class="hlt">tree</span> damage due to felling, skidding, and road-related activities was then assessed 2-3 months after the 508 ha FSC study area and the 200 ha CL study area were selectively logged at respective intensities of 5.7 m3/ha (0.39 <span class="hlt">trees</span>/ha) and 11.4 m3/ha (0.76 <span class="hlt">trees</span>/ha). For each <span class="hlt">tree</span> felled, averages of 9.1 and 20.9 other <span class="hlt">trees</span> were damaged in the FSC and CL plots, respectively; when expressed as the impacts per timber volume extracted, the values did not differ between the two treatments. Skid trails covered 2.9 % more of the CL surface, but skid trail length per unit timber volume extracted was not greater. Logging roads were wider in the CL than FSC site and disturbed 4.7 % more of the surface. Overall, logging caused declines in AGB of 7.1 and 13.4 % at the FSC and CL sites, respectively. Changes in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition were small but greater for the CL site. Based on these findings and in light of the pseudoreplicated study design with less-than perfect counterfactual, we cautiously conclude that certification yields environmental benefits even after accounting for differences in logging intensities.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23277438','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23277438"><span id="translatedtitle">Certified and uncertified logging concessions compared in Gabon: changes in stand structure, <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, and biomass.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Medjibe, V P; Putz, Francis E; Romero, Claudia</p> <p>2013-03-01</p> <p>Forest management certification is assumed to promote sustainable forest management, but there is little field-based evidence to support this claim. To help fill this gap, we compared a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified with an adjacent uncertified, conventionally logged concession (CL) in Gabon on the basis of logging damage, above-ground biomass (AGB), and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and composition. Before logging, we marked, mapped, and measured all <span class="hlt">trees</span> >10 cm dbh in 20 and twelve 1-ha permanent plots in the FSC and CL areas, respectively. Soil and <span class="hlt">tree</span> damage due to felling, skidding, and road-related activities was then assessed 2-3 months after the 508 ha FSC study area and the 200 ha CL study area were selectively logged at respective intensities of 5.7 m(3)/ha (0.39 <span class="hlt">trees</span>/ha) and 11.4 m(3)/ha (0.76 <span class="hlt">trees</span>/ha). For each <span class="hlt">tree</span> felled, averages of 9.1 and 20.9 other <span class="hlt">trees</span> were damaged in the FSC and CL plots, respectively; when expressed as the impacts per timber volume extracted, the values did not differ between the two treatments. Skid trails covered 2.9 % more of the CL surface, but skid trail length per unit timber volume extracted was not greater. Logging roads were wider in the CL than FSC site and disturbed 4.7 % more of the surface. Overall, logging caused declines in AGB of 7.1 and 13.4 % at the FSC and CL sites, respectively. Changes in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition were small but greater for the CL site. Based on these findings and in light of the pseudoreplicated study design with less-than perfect counterfactual, we cautiously conclude that certification yields environmental benefits even after accounting for differences in logging intensities. PMID:23277438</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23572941','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23572941"><span id="translatedtitle">Improved method of in vitro regeneration in Leucaena leucocephala - a leguminous pulpwood <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Shaik, Noor M; Arha, Manish; Nookaraju, A; Gupta, Sushim K; Srivastava, Sameer; Yadav, Arun K; Kulkarni, Pallavi S; Abhilash, O U; Vishwakarma, Rishi K; Singh, Somesh; Tatkare, Rajeshri; Chinnathambi, Kannan; Rawal, Shuban K; Khan, Bashir M</p> <p>2009-10-01</p> <p>Leucaena leucocephala is a fast growing <span class="hlt">multipurpose</span> legume <span class="hlt">tree</span> used for forage, leaf manure, paper and pulp. Lignin in Leucaena pulp adversely influences the quality of paper produced. Developing transgenic Leucaena with altered lignin by genetic engineering demands an optimized regeneration system. The present study deals with optimization of regeneration system for L. leucocephala cv. K636. Multiple shoot induction from the cotyledonary nodes of L. leucocephala was studied in response to cytokinins, thidiazuron (TDZ) and N(6)-benzyladenine (BA) supplemented in half strength MS (½-MS) medium and also their effect on in vitro rooting of the regenerated shoots. Multiple shoots were induced from cotyledonary nodes at varied frequencies depending on the type and concentration of cytokinin used in the medium. TDZ was found to induce more number of shoots per explant than BA, with a maximum of 7 shoots at an optimum concentration of 0.23 µM. Further increase in TDZ concentration resulted in reduced shoot length and fasciation of the shoots. Liquid pulse treatment of the explants with TDZ did not improve the shoot production further but improved the subsequent rooting of the shoots that regenerated. Regenerated shoots successfully rooted on ½-MS medium supplemented with 0.54 µM α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). Rooted shoots of Leucaena were transferred to coco-peat and hardened plantlets showed ≥ 90 % establishment in the green house. PMID:23572941</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21691855','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21691855"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity and interactions with neighbors determine nutrient leaching in model tropical forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ewel, John J; Bigelow, Seth W</p> <p>2011-12-01</p> <p>An ecosystem containing a mixture of <span class="hlt">species</span> that differ in phenology, morphology, and physiology might be expected to resist leaching of soil nutrients to a greater extent than one composed of a single <span class="hlt">species</span>. We tested the effects of <span class="hlt">species</span> identity and plant-life-form richness on nutrient leaching at a lowland tropical site where deep infiltration averages >2 m year(-1). Three indigenous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with contrasting leafing phenologies (evergreen, dry-season deciduous, and wet-season deciduous) were grown in monoculture and together with two other life-forms with which they commonly occur in tropical forests: a palm and a giant, perennial herb. To calculate nutrient leaching over an 11-year period, concentrations of nutrients in soil water were multiplied by drainage rates estimated from a water balance. The effect of plant-life-form richness on retention differed according to <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> identity and nutrient. Nitrate retention was greater in polycultures of the dry-season deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (mean of 7.4 kg ha(-1) year(-1) of NO(3)-N lost compared to 12.7 in monoculture), and calcium and magnesium retention were greater in polycultures of the evergreen and wet-season deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Complementary use of light led to intensification of soil exploitation by roots, the main agent responsible for enhanced nutrient retention in some polycultures. Other mechanisms included differences in nutrient demand among <span class="hlt">species</span>, and avoidance of catastrophic failure due to episodic weather events or pest outbreaks. Even unrealistically simple multi-life-form mimics of tropical forest can safeguard a site's nutrient capital if careful attention is paid to <span class="hlt">species</span>' characteristics and temporal changes in interspecific interactions. PMID:21691855</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4134238','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4134238"><span id="translatedtitle">Patterns of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Diversity in Relation to Climatic Factors on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Silva-Flores, Ramón; Pérez-Verdín, Gustavo; Wehenkel, Christian</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Biological diversity can be defined as variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial organisms, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes which they are part of. This includes diversity within <span class="hlt">species</span>, between <span class="hlt">species</span>, and of ecosystems. Numerous diversity indices combine richness and evenness in a single expression, and several climate-based explanations have been proposed to explain broad-scale diversity patterns. However, climate-based water-energy dynamics appears to be an essential factor that determines patterns of diversity. The Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental occupies an area of about 29 million hectares and is located between the Neotropical and Holarctic ecozones. It shelters a high diversity of flora, including 24 different <span class="hlt">species</span> of Pinus (ca. 22% on the whole), 54 <span class="hlt">species</span> of Quercus (ca. 9–14%), 7 <span class="hlt">species</span> of Arbutus (ca. 50%) and many other <span class="hlt">trees</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The objectives of this study were to model how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity is related to climatic and geographic factors and stand density and to test the Metabolic Theory, Productivity-Diversity Hypothesis, Physiological Tolerance Hypothesis, Mid-Domain Effect, and the Water-Energy Dynamic Theory on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Durango. The results supported the Productivity-Diversity Hypothesis, Physiological Tolerance Hypothesis and Water-Energy Dynamic Theory, but not the Mid-Domain Effect or Metabolic Theory. The annual aridity index was the variable most closely related to the diversity indices analyzed. Contemporary climate was found to have moderate to strong effects on the minimum, median and maximum <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity. Because water-energy dynamics provided a satisfactory explanation for the patterns of minimum, median and maximum diversity, an understanding of this factor is critical to future biodiversity research. Quantile regression of the data showed that the three diversity parameters of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are generally higher in cold, humid temperate climates than in dry, hot climates. PMID:25127455</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25127455','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25127455"><span id="translatedtitle">Patterns of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity in relation to climatic factors on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Silva-Flores, Ramón; Pérez-Verdín, Gustavo; Wehenkel, Christian</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Biological diversity can be defined as variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial organisms, marine and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes which they are part of. This includes diversity within <span class="hlt">species</span>, between <span class="hlt">species</span>, and of ecosystems. Numerous diversity indices combine richness and evenness in a single expression, and several climate-based explanations have been proposed to explain broad-scale diversity patterns. However, climate-based water-energy dynamics appears to be an essential factor that determines patterns of diversity. The Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental occupies an area of about 29 million hectares and is located between the Neotropical and Holarctic ecozones. It shelters a high diversity of flora, including 24 different <span class="hlt">species</span> of Pinus (ca. 22% on the whole), 54 <span class="hlt">species</span> of Quercus (ca. 9-14%), 7 <span class="hlt">species</span> of Arbutus (ca. 50%) and many other <span class="hlt">trees</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The objectives of this study were to model how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity is related to climatic and geographic factors and stand density and to test the Metabolic Theory, Productivity-Diversity Hypothesis, Physiological Tolerance Hypothesis, Mid-Domain Effect, and the Water-Energy Dynamic Theory on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Durango. The results supported the Productivity-Diversity Hypothesis, Physiological Tolerance Hypothesis and Water-Energy Dynamic Theory, but not the Mid-Domain Effect or Metabolic Theory. The annual aridity index was the variable most closely related to the diversity indices analyzed. Contemporary climate was found to have moderate to strong effects on the minimum, median and maximum <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity. Because water-energy dynamics provided a satisfactory explanation for the patterns of minimum, median and maximum diversity, an understanding of this factor is critical to future biodiversity research. Quantile regression of the data showed that the three diversity parameters of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are generally higher in cold, humid temperate climates than in dry, hot climates. PMID:25127455</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70031880','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70031880"><span id="translatedtitle">Influences of calcium availability and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on Ca isotope fractionation in soil and vegetation</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Page, B.D.; Bullen, T.D.; Mitchell, M.J.</p> <p>2008-01-01</p> <p>The calcium (Ca) isotope system is potentially of great use for understanding biogeochemical processes at multiple scales in forest ecosystems, yet remains largely unexplored for this purpose. In order to further our understanding of Ca behavior in forests, we examined two nearly adjacent hardwood-dominated catchments with differing soil Ca concentrations, developed from crystalline bedrock, to determine the variability of 44Ca/ 40Ca ratios (expressed as ??44Ca) within soil and vegetation pools. For both sugar maple and American beech, the Ca isotope compositions of the measured roots and calculated bulk <span class="hlt">trees</span> were considerably lighter than those of soil pools at these sites, suggesting that the <span class="hlt">trees</span> were able to preferentially take up light Ca at the root-soil interface. The Ca isotope compositions of three of four root samples were among the lightest values yet reported for terrestrial materials (??44Ca ???-3.95???). Our results further indicate that Ca isotopes were fractionated along the transpiration streams of both <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with roots having the least ??44Ca values and leaf litter the greatest. An approximately 2??? difference in ??44Ca values between roots and leaf litter of both <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> suggests a persistent fractionation mechanism along the transpiration stream, likely related to Ca binding in wood tissue coupled with internal ion exchange. Finally, our data indicate that differing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> demand for Ca and soil Ca concentrations together may influence Ca isotope distribution within the <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Inter-catchment differences in Ca isotope distributions in soils and <span class="hlt">trees</span> were minor, indicating that the results of our study may have broad transferability to studies of forest ecosystems in catchments developed on crystalline substrates elsewhere. ?? 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..1712942H','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..1712942H"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> specific soil moisture patterns and dynamics through the seasons</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Heidbüchel, Ingo; Dreibrodt, Janek; Simard, Sonia; Güntner, Andreas; Blume, Theresa</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>Soil moisture patterns in the landscape are largely controlled by soil types (pore size distributions) and landscape position. But how strong is the influence of vegetation on patterns within a single soil type? While we would envision a clear difference in soil moisture patterns and responses between for example bare soil, a pasture and a forest, our conceptual images start to become less clear when we move on to different forest stands. Do different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> cause different moisture patterns to emerge? Could it be possible to identify the dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of a site by classifying its soil moisture pattern? To investigate this question we analyzed data from 15 sensor clusters in the lowlands of north-eastern Germany (within the TERENO observatory) which were instrumented with soil moisture sensors (5 profiles per site), tensiometers, sap flow sensors, throughfall and stemflow gages. Data has been collected at these sites since May 2014. While the summer data has already been analyzed, the analysis of the winter data and thus the possible seasonal shifts in patterns will be carried out in the coming months. Throughout the last summer we found different dynamics of soil moisture patterns under pine <span class="hlt">trees</span> compared to beech <span class="hlt">trees</span>. While the soils under beech <span class="hlt">trees</span> were more often relatively wet and more often relatively dry, the soils under pine <span class="hlt">trees</span> showed less variability and more often average soil moisture. These differences are most likely due to differences in both throughfall patterns as well as root water uptake. Further analysis includes the use of throughfall and stemflow data as well as stable water isotope samples that were taken at different depths in the soil, in the groundwater and from the sapwood. The manifestation of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> differences in soil moisture patterns and dynamics is likely to have implications for groundwater recharge, transit times and hydrologic partitioning.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20010004211','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20010004211"><span id="translatedtitle">BOREAS TE-4 Gas Exchange Data from Boreal <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Curd, Shelaine (Editor); Collatz, G. James; Berry, Joseph A.; Gamon, John; Fredeen, Art; Fu, Wei</p> <p>2000-01-01</p> <p>The BOREAS TE-4 team collected steady-state gas exchange and reflectance data from several <span class="hlt">species</span> in the BOREAS SSA during 1994 and in the NSA during 1996. Measurements of light, CO2, temperature, and humidity response curves were made by the BOREAS TE-4 team during the summers of 1994 and 1996 using intact attached leaves of boreal forest <span class="hlt">species</span> located in the BOREAS SSA and NSA. These measurements were conducted to calibrate models used to predict photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, and leaf respiration. The 1994 and 1996 data can be used to construct plots of response functions or for parameterizing models. Parameter values are suitable for application in SiB2 (Sellers et al., 1996) or the leaf model of Collatz et al. (1991), and programs can be obtained from the investigators. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3586649','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3586649"><span id="translatedtitle">Epigenetic regulation of adaptive responses of forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to the environment</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Bräutigam, Katharina; Vining, Kelly J; Lafon-Placette, Clément; Fossdal, Carl G; Mirouze, Marie; Marcos, José Gutiérrez; Fluch, Silvia; Fraga, Mario Fernández; Guevara, M Ángeles; Abarca, Dolores; Johnsen, Øystein; Maury, Stéphane; Strauss, Steven H; Campbell, Malcolm M; Rohde, Antje; Díaz-Sala, Carmen; Cervera, María-Teresa</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Epigenetic variation is likely to contribute to the phenotypic plasticity and adaptative capacity of plant <span class="hlt">species</span>, and may be especially important for long-lived organisms with complex life cycles, including forest <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Diverse environmental stresses and hybridization/polyploidization events can create reversible heritable epigenetic marks that can be transmitted to subsequent generations as a form of molecular “memory”. Epigenetic changes might also contribute to the ability of plants to colonize or persist in variable environments. In this review, we provide an overview of recent data on epigenetic mechanisms involved in developmental processes and responses to environmental cues in plant, with a focus on forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. We consider the possible role of forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> epigenetics as a new source of adaptive traits in plant breeding, biotechnology, and ecosystem conservation under rapid climate change. PMID:23467802</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775797','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775797"><span id="translatedtitle">[Effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on polysaccharides content of epiphytic Dendrobium officinale].</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Guo, Ying-Ying; Zhu, Yan; Si, Jin-Ping; Liu, Jing-Jing; Wu, Cheng-Yong; Li, Hui</p> <p>2014-11-01</p> <p>To reveals the effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on polysaccharides content of epiphytic Dendrobium officinale. The polysaccharides content of D. officinale attached to living tress in wild or stumps in bionic-facility was determined by phenol-sulfuric acid method. There were extremely significant differences of polysaccharides content of D. officinale attached to different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, but the differences had no relationship with the form and nutrition of barks. The polysaccharides content of D. officinale mainly affected by the light intensity of environment, so reasonable illumination favored the accumulation of polysaccharides. Various polysaccharides content of D. officinal from different attached <span class="hlt">trees</span> is due to the difference of light regulation, but not the form and nutrition of barks. PMID:25775797</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3892915','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3892915"><span id="translatedtitle">Eco-physiological adaptation of dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at two contrasting karst habitats in southwestern China</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Wu, Qian; Yan, Hui; Xu, Xinwu</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>The purpose of this study was to investigate the eco-physiological adaptation of indigenous woody <span class="hlt">species</span> to their habitats in karst areas of southwestern China. Two contrasting forest habitats were studied: a degraded habitat in Daxiagu and a well-developed habitat in Tianlongshan, and the eco-physiological characteristics of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> were measured for three growth seasons. Photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatal conductance (gs), and transpiration rate (Tr) of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Daxiagu were 2-3 times higher than those in Tianlongshan under ambient conditions. However, this habitat effect was not significant when measurements were taken under controlled conditions. Under controlled conditions, Pn, gs, and Tr of the deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> were markedly higher than those for the evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span>. Habitat had no significant effect on water use efficiency (WUE) or photochemical characteristics of PSII. The stomatal sensitivity of woody <span class="hlt">species</span> in the degraded habitat was much higher than that in the well-developed habitat. Similarly, the leaf total nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) contents expressed on the basis of either dry mass or leaf area were also much higher in Daxiagu than they were in Tianlongshan. The mass-based leaf total N content of deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> was much higher than that of evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span>, while leaf area-based total N and P contents of evergreens were significantly higher than those of deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span>. The photosynthetic nitrogen- and phosphorus-use efficiencies (PNUE and PPUE) of deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> were much higher than those of evergreens. Further, the PPUE of the woody <span class="hlt">species</span> in Tianlongshan was much higher than that  of the woody <span class="hlt">species</span> in Daxiagu. The results from three growth seasons imply that the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were able to adapt well to their growth habitats. Furthermore, it seems that so-called “temporary drought stress” may not occur, or may not be severe for most woody plants in karst areas of southwestern China. PMID:24555059</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B51B0028L','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B51B0028L"><span id="translatedtitle">Dynamics of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition in Temperate Mountains of South Korea over Fourteen Years using 880 Permanent Plots</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Lee, B.; Kim, H. S.; Park, J.; Moon, M.; Cho, S.; Ryu, D.; Wynn, K. Z.; Park, J.</p> <p>2014-12-01</p> <p>The structure of forest and diversity of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in temperate mountains have been influenced by changing climate conditions as well as successional changes. To understand how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and stand structure change across temperate mountains, the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition, size, and environmental information were collected over the past fourteen years in 880 quadrats of 20 m x 50 m of woodland communities distributed across Jiri and Baekoon Mountains, South Korea. The preliminary investigation on variations of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> revealed that overall composition of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> increased in terms of both diversity and biomass growth of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, reflecting fast and wide changes in temperate forests of Korea. Among dominant <span class="hlt">trees</span>, the Quercus mongolica, Styrax japonicu, and Acer pseudosieboldianum recorded the highest increase in stand density, implying the most prosperous <span class="hlt">species</span> under current conditions, while the <span class="hlt">species</span> of Quercus variabilis and Fraxinus mandshurica appeared as fast declining <span class="hlt">species</span> in the number. In terms of biomass growth of dominant <span class="hlt">species</span>, the Stewartia pseudocamellia showed the largest increase of biomass, followed by Quercus serrata and Quercus mongolica., while the Fraxinus mandshurica appeared to have a rapid decline, followed by Alnus japonica and Quercus dentata. Overall, the fast change of composition in <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> is clear and further analysis to clarify the reasons for such fast and <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific changes is underway especially to separate the effect of successional change and climate change.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25555688','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25555688"><span id="translatedtitle">Characterization of mariner-like transposons of the mauritiana Subfamily in seven <span class="hlt">tree</span> aphid <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Kharrat, Imen; Mezghani, Maha; Casse, Nathalie; Denis, Françoise; Caruso, Aurore; Makni, Hanem; Capy, Pierre; Rouault, Jacques-Deric; Chénais, Benoît; Makni, Mohamed</p> <p>2015-02-01</p> <p>Mariner-like elements (MLEs) are Class II transposons present in all eukaryotic genomes in which MLEs have been searched for. This article reports the detection of MLEs in seven of the main fruit <span class="hlt">tree</span> aphid <span class="hlt">species</span> out of eight <span class="hlt">species</span> studied. Deleted MLE sequences of 916-919 bp were characterized, using the terminal-inverted repeats (TIRs) of mariner elements belonging to the mauritiana Subfamily as primers. All the sequences detected were deleted copies of full-length elements that included the 3'- and 5'-TIRs but displayed internal deletions affecting Mos1 activity. Networks based on the mtDNA cytochrome oxidase subunit-I (CO-I) and MLE sequences were incongruent, suggesting that mutations in transposon sequences had accumulated before speciation of <span class="hlt">tree</span> aphid <span class="hlt">species</span> occurred, and that they have been maintained in this <span class="hlt">species</span> via vertical transmissions. This is the first evidence of the widespread occurrence of MLEs in aphids. PMID:25555688</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26164201','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26164201"><span id="translatedtitle">New flux based dose-response relationships for ozone for European forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Büker, P; Feng, Z; Uddling, J; Briolat, A; Alonso, R; Braun, S; Elvira, S; Gerosa, G; Karlsson, P E; Le Thiec, D; Marzuoli, R; Mills, G; Oksanen, E; Wieser, G; Wilkinson, M; Emberson, L D</p> <p>2015-11-01</p> <p>To derive O3 dose-response relationships (DRR) for five European forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and broadleaf deciduous and needleleaf <span class="hlt">tree</span> plant functional types (PFTs), phytotoxic O3 doses (PODy) were related to biomass reductions. PODy was calculated using a stomatal flux model with a range of cut-off thresholds (y) indicative of varying detoxification capacities. Linear regression analysis showed that DRR for PFT and individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> differed in their robustness. A simplified parameterisation of the flux model was tested and showed that for most non-Mediterranean <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, this simplified model led to similarly robust DRR as compared to a <span class="hlt">species</span>- and climate region-specific parameterisation. Experimentally induced soil water stress was not found to substantially reduce PODy, mainly due to the short duration of soil water stress periods. This study validates the stomatal O3 flux concept and represents a step forward in predicting O3 damage to forests in a spatially and temporally varying climate. 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Often, heat waves are accompanied by drought conditions. It is projected that the global land area experiencing heat waves will double by 2020, and quadruple by 2040. Extreme heat events can impact a wide variety of <span class="hlt">tree</span> functions. At the leaf level, photosynthesis is reduced, photooxidative stress increases, leaves abscise and the growth rate of remaining leaves decreases. In some <span class="hlt">species</span>, stomatal conductance increases at high temperatures, which may be a mechanism for leaf cooling. At the whole plant level, heat stress can decrease growth and shift biomass allocation. When drought stress accompanies heat waves, the negative effects of heat stress are exacerbated and can lead to <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality. However, some <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibit remarkable tolerance to thermal stress. Responses include changes that minimize stress on photosynthesis and reductions in dark respiration. Although there have been few studies to date, there is evidence of within-<span class="hlt">species</span> genetic variation in thermal tolerance, which could be important to exploit in production forestry systems. Understanding the mechanisms of differing <span class="hlt">tree</span> responses to extreme temperature events may be critically important for understanding how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> will be affected by climate change. PMID:25065257</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=89709','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=89709"><span id="translatedtitle">In Vitro Activities of Ketoconazole, Econazole, Miconazole, and Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea <span class="hlt">Tree</span>) Oil against Malassezia <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Hammer, K. A.; Carson, C. F.; Riley, T. V.</p> <p>2000-01-01</p> <p>The in vitro activities of ketoconazole, econazole, miconazole, and tea <span class="hlt">tree</span> oil against 54 Malassezia isolates were determined by agar and broth dilution methods. Ketoconazole was more active than both econazole and miconazole, which showed very similar activities. M. furfur was the least susceptible <span class="hlt">species</span>. M. sympodialis, M. slooffiae, M. globosa, and M. obtusa showed similar susceptibilities to the four agents. PMID:10639388</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70045618','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70045618"><span id="translatedtitle">Effects of canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on belowground biogeochemistry in a lowland wet tropical forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Keller, Adrienne B.; Reed, Sasha C.; Townsend, Alan R.; Cleveland, Cory C.</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Tropical rain forests are known for their high biological diversity, but the effects of plant diversity on important ecosystem processes in this biome remain unclear. Interspecies differences in both the demand for nutrients and in foliar and litter nutrient concentrations could drive variations in both the pool sizes and fluxes of important belowground resources, yet our understanding of the effects and importance of aboveground heterogeneity on belowground biogeochemistry is poor, especially in the <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich forests of the wet tropics. To investigate the effects of individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on belowground biogeochemical processes, we used both field and laboratory studies to examine how carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) cycles vary under nine different canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> – including three legume and six non-legume <span class="hlt">species</span> – that vary in foliar nutrient concentrations in a wet tropical forest in southwestern Costa Rica. We found significant differences in belowground C, N and P cycling under different canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: total C, N and P pools in standing litter varied by <span class="hlt">species</span>, as did total soil and microbial C and N pools. Rates of soil extracellular acid phosphatase activity also varied significantly among <span class="hlt">species</span> and functional groups, with higher rates of phosphatase activity under legumes. In addition, across all <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, phosphatase activity was significantly positively correlated with litter N/P ratios, suggesting a tight coupling between relative N and P inputs and resource allocation to P acquisition. Overall, our results suggest the importance of aboveground plant community composition in promoting belowground biogeochemical heterogeneity at relatively small spatial scales.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2803392','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2803392"><span id="translatedtitle">Neither Host-specific nor Random: Vascular Epiphytes on Three <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in a Panamanian Lowland Forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>LAUBE, STEFAN; ZOTZ, GERHARD</p> <p>2006-01-01</p> <p> Background and Aims A possible role of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> identity in the structuring of vascular epiphyte communities has attracted scientific attention for decades. Specifically, it has been suggested that each host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> has a specific subset of the local <span class="hlt">species</span> pool according to its own set of properties, e.g. physicochemical characteristics of the bark, <span class="hlt">tree</span> architecture, or leaf phenology patterns. Methods A novel, quantitative approach to this question is presented, taking advantage of a complete census of the vascular epiphyte community in 04 ha of undisturbed lowland forest in Panama. For three locally common host-<span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Socratea exorrhiza, Marila laxiflora, Perebea xanthochyma) null models were created of the expected epiphyte assemblages assuming that epiphyte colonization reflected random distribution of epiphytes in the forest. Key Results In all three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, abundances of the majority of epiphyte <span class="hlt">species</span> (6981?%) were indistinguishable from random, while the remaining <span class="hlt">species</span> were about equally over- or under-represented compared with their occurrence in the entire forest plot. Permutations based on the number of colonized <span class="hlt">trees</span> (reflecting observed spatial patchiness) yielded similar results. Finally, a third analysis (canonical correspondence analysis) also confirmed host-specific differences in epiphyte assemblages. In spite of pronounced preferences of some epiphytes for particular host <span class="hlt">trees</span>, no epiphyte <span class="hlt">species</span> was restricted to a single host. Conclusions The epiphytes on a given <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are not simply a random sample of the local <span class="hlt">species</span> pool, but there are no indications of host specificity either. PMID:16574691</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/5224196','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/5224196"><span id="translatedtitle">Narrowing historical uncertainty: probabilistic classification of ambiguously identified <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in historical forest survey data</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Mladenoff, D.J.; Dahir, S.E.; Nordheim, E.V.; Schulte, L.A.; Guntenspergen, G.R.</p> <p>2002-01-01</p> <p>Historical data have increasingly become appreciated for insight into the past conditions of ecosystems. Uses of such data include assessing the extent of ecosystem change; deriving ecological baselines for management, restoration, and modeling; and assessing the importance of past conditions on the composition and function of current systems. One historical data set of this type is the Public Land Survey (PLS) of the United States General Land Office, which contains data on multiple <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, sizes, and distances recorded at each survey point, located at half-mile (0.8 km) intervals on a 1-mi (1.6 km) grid. This survey method was begun in the 1790s on US federal lands extending westward from Ohio. Thus, the data have the potential of providing a view of much of the US landscape from the mid-1800s, and they have been used extensively for this purpose. However, historical data sources, such as those describing the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition of forests, can often be limited in the detail recorded and the reliability of the data, since the information was often not originally recorded for ecological purposes. Forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> are sometimes recorded ambiguously, using generic or obscure common names. For the PLS data of northern Wisconsin, USA, we developed a method to classify ambiguously identified <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> using logistic regression analysis, using data on <span class="hlt">trees</span> that were clearly identified to <span class="hlt">species</span> and a set of independent predictor variables to build the models. The models were first created on partial data sets for each <span class="hlt">species</span> and then tested for fit against the remaining data. Validations were conducted using repeated, random subsets of the data. Model prediction accuracy ranged from 81% to 96% in differentiating congeneric <span class="hlt">species</span> among oak, pine, ash, maple, birch, and elm. Major predictor variables were <span class="hlt">tree</span> size, associated <span class="hlt">species</span>, landscape classes indicative of soil type, and spatial location within the study region. Results help to clarify ambiguities formerly present in maps of historic ecosystems for the region and can be applied to PLS datasets elsewhere, as well as other sources of ambiguous historical data. Mapping the newly classified data with ecological land units provides additional information on the distribution, abundance, and associations of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, as well as their relationships to environmental gradients before the industrial period, and clarifies the identities of <span class="hlt">species</span> formerly mapped only to genus. We offer some caveats on the appropriate use of data derived in this way, as well as describing their potential.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25902148','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25902148"><span id="translatedtitle">Mapping and characterizing selected canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at the Angkor World Heritage site in Cambodia using aerial data.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Singh, Minerva; Evans, Damian; Tan, Boun Suy; Nin, Chan Samean</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>At present, there is very limited information on the ecology, distribution, and structure of Cambodia's <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to warrant suitable conservation measures. The aim of this study was to assess various methods of analysis of aerial imagery for characterization of the forest mensuration variables (i.e., <span class="hlt">tree</span> height and crown width) of selected <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> found in the forested region around the temples of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Object-based image analysis (OBIA) was used (using multiresolution segmentation) to delineate individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns from very-high-resolution (VHR) aerial imagery and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. Crown width and <span class="hlt">tree</span> height values that were extracted using multiresolution segmentation showed a high level of congruence with field-measured values of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Spearman's rho 0.782 and 0.589, respectively). Individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns that were delineated from aerial imagery using multiresolution segmentation had a high level of segmentation accuracy (69.22%), whereas <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns delineated using watershed segmentation underestimated the field-measured <span class="hlt">tree</span> crown widths. Both spectral angle mapper (SAM) and maximum likelihood (ML) classifications were applied to the aerial imagery for mapping of selected <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The latter was found to be more suitable for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> classification. Individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were identified with high accuracy. Inclusion of textural information further improved <span class="hlt">species</span> identification, albeit marginally. Our findings suggest that VHR aerial imagery, in conjunction with OBIA-based segmentation methods (such as multiresolution segmentation) and supervised classification techniques are useful for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping and for studies of the forest mensuration variables. PMID:25902148</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4406680','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4406680"><span id="translatedtitle">Mapping and Characterizing Selected Canopy <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> at the Angkor World Heritage Site in Cambodia Using Aerial Data</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Singh, Minerva; Evans, Damian; Tan, Boun Suy; Nin, Chan Samean</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>At present, there is very limited information on the ecology, distribution, and structure of Cambodia’s <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to warrant suitable conservation measures. The aim of this study was to assess various methods of analysis of aerial imagery for characterization of the forest mensuration variables (i.e., <span class="hlt">tree</span> height and crown width) of selected <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> found in the forested region around the temples of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Object-based image analysis (OBIA) was used (using multiresolution segmentation) to delineate individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns from very-high-resolution (VHR) aerial imagery and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. Crown width and <span class="hlt">tree</span> height values that were extracted using multiresolution segmentation showed a high level of congruence with field-measured values of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Spearman’s rho 0.782 and 0.589, respectively). Individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns that were delineated from aerial imagery using multiresolution segmentation had a high level of segmentation accuracy (69.22%), whereas <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns delineated using watershed segmentation underestimated the field-measured <span class="hlt">tree</span> crown widths. Both spectral angle mapper (SAM) and maximum likelihood (ML) classifications were applied to the aerial imagery for mapping of selected <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The latter was found to be more suitable for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> classification. Individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were identified with high accuracy. Inclusion of textural information further improved <span class="hlt">species</span> identification, albeit marginally. Our findings suggest that VHR aerial imagery, in conjunction with OBIA-based segmentation methods (such as multiresolution segmentation) and supervised classification techniques are useful for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping and for studies of the forest mensuration variables. PMID:25902148</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AGUFM.B52C..06K','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AGUFM.B52C..06K"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf nitrate assimilation during leaf expansion period: comparison of temperate and boreal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Koyama, L.; Tokuchi, N.; Kielland, K.</p> <p>2011-12-01</p> <p>We examined nitrate assimilation in several <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to test the hypothesis that plant N acquisition is highest in early spring due to the N demands of leaf growth and the seasonal availability of soil N. Specifically, we advance the idea that <span class="hlt">trees</span> acquire N most actively during the leaf expansion period, which serves to offset growth-dilution of foliar N. However, it has been observed that boreal <span class="hlt">species</span> expand their leaves more rapidly than do temperate <span class="hlt">species</span>, suggesting that they exhibit a different seasonal pattern of N acquisition than do temperate <span class="hlt">species</span>. To examine these relationships we measured leaf nitrate reductase activity (NRA) as a proxy for nitrate assimilation, leaf expansion rates, and foliar N concentrations on three boreal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and three temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> throughout their leaf expansion period. An evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> (Quercus glauca) and two deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> (Acer palmatum and Zelkova serrata) were investigated in temperate Japan, and three deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> Alnus crispa, Betula papyrifera and Populus tremuloides were chosen in a boreal forest in interior Alaska, US. The patterns of foliar N concentrations were very similar across all six <span class="hlt">species</span>, but the mean leaf expansion period was shorter in the boreal <span class="hlt">species</span> (about 25 days) than in temperate <span class="hlt">species</span> (about 29 days). All temperate <span class="hlt">species</span> showed clear peaks of leaf NRA in the middle of leaf expansion period, suggesting that leaves partly compensate for the N dilution during expansion via foliar nitrate assimilation, and that plant nitrate acquisition was effectively timed to coincide with soil N availability generally increased in early spring. By contrast, peak NRA in the boreal <span class="hlt">species</span> were observed in different stage of leaf expansion, but as in the temperate <span class="hlt">species</span> declined to very low levels after the leaves were fully expanded. Our results demonstrate that plant nitrate assimilation is concentrated during leaf expansion in spring and early summer, but declines to very low levels during the remaining part of the growing season. This high rate of acquisition in early spring may reflect the seasonal nature of soil nitrate dynamics as well as acquisition of N liberated over-winter in both biomes.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20140009601','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20140009601"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> Density and <span class="hlt">Species</span> Decline in the African Sahel Attributable to Climate</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Gonzalez, Patrick; Tucker, Compton J.; Sy, H.</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Increased aridity and human population have reduced <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover in parts of the African Sahel and degraded resources for local people. Yet, <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover trends and the relative importance of climate and population remain unresolved. From field measurements, aerial photos, and Ikonos satellite images, we detected significant 1954-2002 <span class="hlt">tree</span> density declines in the western Sahel of 18 +/- 14% (P = 0.014, n = 204) and 17 +/- 13% (P = 0.0009, n = 187). From field observations, we detected a significant 1960-2000 <span class="hlt">species</span> richness decline of 21 +/- 11% (P = 0.0028, n = 14) across the Sahel and a southward shift of the Sahel, Sudan, and Guinea zones. Multivariate analyses of climate, soil, and population showed that temperature most significantly (P < 0.001) explained <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover changes. Multivariate and bivariate tests and field observations indicated the dominance of temperature and precipitation, supporting attribution of <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover changes to climate variability. Climate change forcing of Sahel climate variability, particularly the significant (P < 0.05) 1901-2002 temperature increases and precipitation decreases in the research areas, connects Sahel <span class="hlt">tree</span> cover changes to global climate change. This suggests roles for global action and local adaptation to address ecological change in the Sahel.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18608895','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18608895"><span id="translatedtitle">The expanding host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> spectrum of Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus neoformans and their isolations from surrounding soil in India.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Randhawa, H S; Kowshik, T; Chowdhary, Anuradha; Preeti Sinha, K; Khan, Z U; Sun, Sheng; Xu, Jianping</p> <p>2008-12-01</p> <p>This study reports the widespread prevalence of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii in decayed wood inside trunk hollows of 14 <span class="hlt">species</span> representing 12 families of <span class="hlt">trees</span> and from soil near the base of various host <span class="hlt">trees</span> from Delhi and several places in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh Union Territory. Of the 311 <span class="hlt">trees</span> from which samples were obtained, 64 (20.5%) were found to contain strains of the C. neoformans <span class="hlt">species</span> complex. The number of <span class="hlt">trees</span> positive for C. neoformans var grubii (serotypeA) was 51 (16.3%), for C. gattii (serotype B) 24 (7.7%) and for both C. neoformans and C. gattii 11 (3.5%). The overall prevalence of C. neoformans <span class="hlt">species</span> complex in decayed wood samples was 19.9% (111/556). There was no obvious correlation between the prevalence of these two yeast <span class="hlt">species</span> and the <span class="hlt">species</span> of host <span class="hlt">trees</span>. The data on prevalence of C. gattii (24%) and C. neoformans (26%) in soil around the base of some host <span class="hlt">trees</span> indicated that soil is another important ecologic niche for these two Cryptococcus <span class="hlt">species</span> in India. Among our sampled <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, eight and six were recorded for the first time as hosts for C. neoformans var grubii and C. gattii, respectively. A longitudinal surveillance of 8 host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> over 0.7 to 2.5 years indicated long term colonization of Polyalthia longifolia, Mimusops elengi and Manilkara hexandra <span class="hlt">trees</span> by C. gattii and/or C. neoformans. The mating type was determined for 153 of the isolates, including 98 strains of serotype A and 55 of serotype B and all proved to be mating type alpha (MAT alpha). Our observations document the rapidly expanding spectrum of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for C. gattii and C. neoformans and indicate that decayed woods of many <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are potentially suitable ecological niches for both pathogens. PMID:18608895</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25526843','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25526843"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity mitigates disturbance impacts on the forest carbon cycle.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Pedro, Mariana Silva; Rammer, Werner; Seidl, Rupert</p> <p>2015-03-01</p> <p>Biodiversity fosters the functioning and stability of forest ecosystems and, consequently, the provision of crucial ecosystem services that support human well-being and quality of life. In particular, it has been suggested that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity buffers ecosystems against the impacts of disturbances, a relationship known as the "insurance hypothesis". Natural disturbances have increased across Europe in recent decades and climate change is expected to amplify the frequency and severity of disturbance events. In this context, mitigating disturbance impacts and increasing the resilience of forest ecosystems is of growing importance. We have tested how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity modulates the impact of disturbance on net primary production and the total carbon stored in living biomass for a temperate forest landscape in Central Europe. Using the simulation model iLand to study the effect of different disturbance regimes on landscapes with varying levels of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, we found that increasing diversity generally reduces the disturbance impact on carbon storage and uptake, but that this effect weakens or even reverses with successional development. Our simulations indicate a clear positive relationship between diversity and resilience, with more diverse systems experiencing lower disturbance-induced variability in their trajectories of ecosystem functioning. We found that positive effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity are mainly driven by an increase in functional diversity and a modulation of traits related to recolonization and resource usage. The results of our study suggest that increasing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity could mitigate the effects of intensifying disturbance regimes on ecosystem functioning and improve the robustness of forest carbon storage and the role of forests in climate change mitigation. PMID:25526843</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18719946','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18719946"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf size and leaf display of thirty-eight tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Poorter, Lourens; Rozendaal, Danaë M A</p> <p>2008-11-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Trees</span> forage for light through optimal leaf display. Effective leaf display is determined by metamer traits (i.e., the internode, petiole, and corresponding leaf), and thus these traits strongly co-determine carbon gain and as a result competitive advantage in a light-limited environment. We examined 11 metamer traits of sun and shade <span class="hlt">trees</span> of 38 coexisting moist forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and determined the relative strengths of intra- and interspecific variation. <span class="hlt">Species</span>-specific metamer traits were related to two variables that represent important life history variation; the regeneration light requirements and average leaf size of the <span class="hlt">species</span>. Metamer traits varied strongly across <span class="hlt">species</span> and, in contrast to our expectation, showed only modest changes in response to light. Intra- and interspecific responses to light were only congruent for a third of the traits evaluated. Four traits, amongst which leaf size, specific leaf area (SLA), and leaf area ratio at the metamer level (LAR) showed even opposite intra- and interspecific responses to light. Strikingly, these are classic traits that are thought to be of paramount importance for plant performance but that have completely different consequences within and across <span class="hlt">species</span>. Sun <span class="hlt">trees</span> of a given <span class="hlt">species</span> had small leaves to reduce the heat load, but light-demanding <span class="hlt">species</span> had large leaves compared to shade-tolerants, probably to outcompete their neighbors. Shade <span class="hlt">trees</span> of a given <span class="hlt">species</span> had a high SLA and LAR to capture more light in a light-limited environment, whereas shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> have well-protected leaves with a low SLA compared to light-demanding <span class="hlt">species</span>, probably to deter herbivores and enhance leaf lifespan. There was a leaf-size-mediated trade-off between biomechanical and hydraulic safety, and the efficiency with which <span class="hlt">species</span> can space their leaves and forage for light. Unexpectedly, metamer traits were more closely linked to leaf size than to regeneration light requirements, probably because leaf-size-related biomechanical and vascular constraints limit the trait combinations that are physically possible. This suggests that the leaf size spectrum overrules more subtle variation caused by the leaf economics spectrum, and that leaf size represents a more important strategy axis than previously thought. PMID:18719946</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16995629','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16995629"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> effects on decomposition and forest floor dynamics in a common garden.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hobbie, Sarah E; Reich, Peter B; Oleksyn, Jacek; Ogdahl, Megan; Zytkowiak, Roma; Hale, Cynthia; Karolewski, Piotr</p> <p>2006-09-01</p> <p>We studied the effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on leaf litter decomposition and forest floor dynamics in a common garden experiment of 14 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Abies alba, Acer platanoides, Acer pseudoplatanus, Betula pendula, Carpinus betulus, Fagus sylvatica, Larix decidua, Picea abies, Pinus nigra, Pinus sylvestris, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Quercus robur, Quercus rubra, and Tilia cordata) in southwestern Poland. We used three simultaneous litter bag experiments to tease apart <span class="hlt">species</span> effects on decomposition via leaf litter chemistry vs. effects on the decomposition environment. Decomposition rates of litter in its plot of origin were negatively correlated with litter lignin and positively correlated with mean annual soil temperature (MAT(soil)) across <span class="hlt">species</span>. Likewise, decomposition of a common litter type across all plots was positively associated with MAT(soil), and decomposition of litter from all plots in a common plot was negatively related to litter lignin but positively related to litter Ca. Taken together, these results indicate that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> influenced microbial decomposition primarily via differences in litter lignin (and secondarily, via differences in litter Ca), with high-lignin (and low-Ca) <span class="hlt">species</span> decomposing most slowly, and by affecting MAT(soil), with warmer plots exhibiting more rapid decomposition. In addition to litter bag experiments, we examined forest floor dynamics in each plot by mass balance, since earthworms were a known component of these forest stands and their access to litter in litter bags was limited. Forest floor removal rates estimated from mass balance were positively related to leaf litter Ca (and unrelated to decay rates obtained using litter bags). Litter Ca, in turn, was positively related to the abundance of earthworms, particularly Lumbricus terrestris. Thus, while <span class="hlt">species</span> influence microbially mediated decomposition primarily through differences in litter lignin, differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> in litter Ca are most important in determining <span class="hlt">species</span> effects on forest floor leaf litter dynamics among these 14 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, apparently because of the influence of litter Ca on earthworm activity. The overall influence of these <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on leaf litter decomposition via effects on both microbial and faunal processing will only become clear when we can quantify the decay dynamics of litter that is translocated belowground by earthworms. PMID:16995629</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012JGRG..117.0N16Z','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012JGRG..117.0N16Z"><span id="translatedtitle">Large difference of inhibitive effect of nitrogen deposition on soil methane oxidation between plantations with N-fixing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and non-N-fixing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Xiaomin; Liu, Lei; Fu, Shenglei; Chen, Hao; Huang, Juan; Lu, Xiankai; Liu, Zhanfeng; Mo, Jiangming</p> <p>2012-12-01</p> <p>The responses of soil methane (CH4) net fluxes to nitrogen (N) addition in a N-fixing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Acacia auriculiformis (AA)) and a non-N-fixing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Eucalyptus citriodora (EU)) plantation were studied in southern China. Treatments were conducted at each plantation with three N levels (0, 50, and 100 kg N ha-1 yr-1 for control, medium-N, and high-N treatment, respectively, abbreviated as C, MN, and HN). From August 2010 to July 2011, CH4 flux was measured biweekly using a static chamber and gas chromatography technique. The soils of both sites acted as sink of atmospheric CH4. The CH4 uptake rate in control of the AA site (36.3 ± 3.2 μg CH4-C m-2 h-1) was greater than that of the EU plantation (29.9 ± 0.9 μg CH4-C m-2 h-1). In the AA plantation, the averaged rates of CH4 uptake for the MN (28.6 ± 2.3 μg CH4-C m-2 h-1) and HN treatment (23.8 ± 2.8 μg CH4-C m-2 h-1) were decreased by 21% and 35%, respectively, compared to the control. However, there was no change of soil CH4 uptake between N-treated plots and the controls in the EU site. Our results indicated that there might be large difference of inhibitive effect of N deposition on soil CH4 oxidation between the AA and EU plantations. The projected increase of N deposition would weaken the capability of N-fixing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> plantations for atmospheric CH4 sink in tropical and subtropical regions.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3626689','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3626689"><span id="translatedtitle">Winning and Losing <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> of Reassembly in Minnesota’s Mixed and Broadleaf Forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Hanberry, Brice B.; Palik, Brian J.; He, Hong S.</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>We examined reassembly of winning and losing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, <span class="hlt">species</span> traits including shade and fire tolerance, and associated disturbance filters and forest ecosystem types due to rapid forest change in the Great Lakes region since 1850. We identified winning and losing <span class="hlt">species</span> by changes in composition, distribution, and site factors between historical and current surveys in Minnesota’s mixed and broadleaf forests. In the Laurentian Mixed Forest, shade-intolerant aspen replaced shade-intolerant tamarack as the most dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Fire-tolerant white pine and jack pine decreased, whereas shade-tolerant ashes, maples, and white cedar increased. In the Eastern Broadleaf Forest, fire-tolerant white oaks and red oaks decreased, while shade-tolerant ashes, American basswood, and maples increased. Tamarack, pines, and oaks have become restricted to sites with either wetter or sandier and drier soils due to increases in aspen and shade-tolerant, fire-sensitive <span class="hlt">species</span> on mesic sites. The proportion of shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> increased in both regions, but selective harvest reduced the applicability of functional groups alone to specify winners and losers. Harvest and existing forestry practices supported aspen dominance in mixed forests, although without aspen forestry and with fire suppression, mixed forests will transition to a greater composition of shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span>, converging to forests similar to broadleaf forests. A functional group framework provided a perspective of winning and losing <span class="hlt">species</span> and traits, selective filters, and forest ecosystems that can be generalized to other regions, regardless of <span class="hlt">species</span> identity. PMID:23613911</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23613911','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23613911"><span id="translatedtitle">Winning and losing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of reassembly in Minnesota's mixed and broadleaf forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hanberry, Brice B; Palik, Brian J; He, Hong S</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>We examined reassembly of winning and losing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, <span class="hlt">species</span> traits including shade and fire tolerance, and associated disturbance filters and forest ecosystem types due to rapid forest change in the Great Lakes region since 1850. We identified winning and losing <span class="hlt">species</span> by changes in composition, distribution, and site factors between historical and current surveys in Minnesota's mixed and broadleaf forests. In the Laurentian Mixed Forest, shade-intolerant aspen replaced shade-intolerant tamarack as the most dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Fire-tolerant white pine and jack pine decreased, whereas shade-tolerant ashes, maples, and white cedar increased. In the Eastern Broadleaf Forest, fire-tolerant white oaks and red oaks decreased, while shade-tolerant ashes, American basswood, and maples increased. Tamarack, pines, and oaks have become restricted to sites with either wetter or sandier and drier soils due to increases in aspen and shade-tolerant, fire-sensitive <span class="hlt">species</span> on mesic sites. The proportion of shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> increased in both regions, but selective harvest reduced the applicability of functional groups alone to specify winners and losers. Harvest and existing forestry practices supported aspen dominance in mixed forests, although without aspen forestry and with fire suppression, mixed forests will transition to a greater composition of shade-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span>, converging to forests similar to broadleaf forests. A functional group framework provided a perspective of winning and losing <span class="hlt">species</span> and traits, selective filters, and forest ecosystems that can be generalized to other regions, regardless of <span class="hlt">species</span> identity. PMID:23613911</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2714761','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2714761"><span id="translatedtitle">Temperature dependence, spatial scale, and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity in eastern Asia and North America</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Wang, Zhiheng; Brown, James H.; Tang, Zhiyao; Fang, Jingyun</p> <p>2009-01-01</p> <p>The increase of biodiversity from poles to equator is one of the most pervasive features of nature. For 2 centuries since von Humboldt, Wallace, and Darwin, biogeographers and ecologists have investigated the environmental and historical factors that determine the latitudinal gradient of <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. The recently proposed metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) aims to explain ecological patterns and processes, including geographical patterns of <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, in terms of the effects of temperature and body size on the metabolism of organisms. Here we use 2 comparable databases of <span class="hlt">tree</span> distributions in eastern Asia and North America to investigate the roles of environmental temperature and spatial scale in shaping geographical patterns of <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity. We find that number of <span class="hlt">species</span> increases exponentially with environmental temperature as predicted by the MTE, and so does the rate of spatial turnover in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition (slope of the <span class="hlt">species</span>-area relationship). The magnitude of temperature dependence of <span class="hlt">species</span> richness increases with spatial scale. Moreover, the relationship between <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and temperature is much steeper in eastern Asia than in North America: in cold climates at high latitudes there are more <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in North America, but the reverse is true in warmer climates at lower latitudes. These patterns provide evidence that the kinetics of ecological and evolutionary processes play a major role in the latitudinal pattern of biodiversity. PMID:19628692</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70025565','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70025565"><span id="translatedtitle">Impacts of the Brown <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Snake: Patterns of Decline and <span class="hlt">Species</span> Persistence in Guam's Avifauna</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Wiles, G.J.; Bart, J.; Beck, R.E., Jr.; Aguon, C.F.</p> <p>2003-01-01</p> <p>Predation by brown <span class="hlt">tree</span> snakes (Boiga irregularis) devastated the avifauna of Guam in the Mariana Islands during the last half of the twentieth century, causing the extirpation or serious reduction of most of the island's 25 resident bird <span class="hlt">species</span>. Past studies have provided qualitative descriptions of the decline of native forest birds but have not considered all <span class="hlt">species</span> or presented quantitative analyses. We analyzed two sets of survey data gathered in northern Guam between 1976 and 1998 and reviewed unpublished sources to provide a comprehensive account of the impact of brown <span class="hlt">tree</span> snakes on the island's birds. Our results indicate that 22 <span class="hlt">species</span>, including 17 of 18 native <span class="hlt">species</span>, were severely affected by snakes. Twelve <span class="hlt">species</span> were likely extirpated as breeding residents on the main island, 8 others experienced declines of ???90% throughout the island or at least in the north, and 2 were kept at reduced population levels during all or much of the study. Declines of ???90% occurred rapidly, averaging just 8.9 years along three roadside survey routes combined and 1.6 years at a 100-ha forested study site. Declines in northern Guam were also relatively synchronous and occurred from about 1976 to 1986 for most <span class="hlt">species</span>. The most important factor predisposing a <span class="hlt">species</span> to coexistence with brown <span class="hlt">tree</span> snakes was its ability to nest and roost at locations where snakes were uncommon. Large clutch size and large body size were also related to longer persistence times, although large body size appeared to delay, but not prevent, extirpation. Our results draw attention to the enormous detrimental impact that brown <span class="hlt">tree</span> snakes are likely to have upon invading new areas. Increased containment efforts on Guam are needed to prevent further colonizations, but a variety of additional management efforts would also benefit the island's remaining bird populations.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/283030','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/283030"><span id="translatedtitle">Anatomical, chemical, and ecological factors affecting <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> choice in dendrochemistry studies</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Cutter, B.E.; Guyette, R.P.</p> <p>1993-07-01</p> <p>Recently, element concentrations in <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings have been used to monitor metal contamination, fertilization, and the effects of acid precipitation on soils. This has stimulated interest in which <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> may be suitable for use in studies of long-term trends in environmental chemistry. Potential radial translocation of elements across living boundaries can be a confounding factor in assessing environmental change. The selection of <span class="hlt">species</span> which minimizes radial translocation of elements can be critical to the success of dendrochemical research. Criteria for selection of <span class="hlt">species</span> with characteristics favorable for dendrochemical analysis are categorized into (1) habitat-based factors, (2) xylem-based factors, and (3) element-based factors. A wide geographic range and ecological amplitude provide an advantage in calibration and better controls on the effects of soil chemistry. The most important xylem-based criteria are heartwood moisture content, permeability, and the nature of the sapwood-heartwood transition. The element of interest is important in determining suitable <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> because all elements are not equally mobile or detectable in the xylem. Ideally, the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> selected for dendrochemical study will be long-lived, grow on a wide range of sites over a large geographic distribution, have a distinct heartwood with a low number of rings in the sapwood, a low heartwood moisture content, and have low radial permeability. Recommended temperate zone North American <span class="hlt">species</span> include white oak (Quercus alba L.), post oak (Q. stellate Wangenh.), eastern redcedar (funiperus virginiana L.), old-growth Douglas-fir [Pseudoaugu menziesii (Mirb.) Franco] and big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.). In addition, <span class="hlt">species</span> such as bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata Engelm. syn. longaeva), old-growth redwood [Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.], and giant sequoia [S. gigantea (Lindl.) Deene] may be suitable for local purposes. 118 refs., 2 tabs.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19495788','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19495788"><span id="translatedtitle">Independence of stem and leaf hydraulic traits in six Euphorbiaceae <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with contrasting leaf phenology.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chen, Jun-Wen; Zhang, Qiang; Li, Xiao-Shuang; Cao, Kun-Fang</p> <p>2009-08-01</p> <p>Hydraulic traits and hydraulic-related structural properties were examined in three deciduous (Hevea brasiliensis, Macaranga denticulate, and Bischofia javanica) and three evergreen (Drypetes indica, Aleurites moluccana, and Codiaeum variegatum) Euphorbiaceae <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from a seasonally tropical forest in south-western China. Xylem water potential at 50% loss of stem hydraulic conductivity (P50(stem)) was more negative in the evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span>, but leaf water potential at 50% loss of leaf hydraulic conductivity (P50(leaf)) did not function as P50(stem) did. Furthermore, P50(stem) was more negative than P50(leaf) in the evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span>; contrarily, this pattern was not observed in the deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span>. Leaf hydraulic conductivity overlapped considerably, but stem hydraulic conductivity diverged between the evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span>. Correspondingly, structural properties of leaves overlapped substantially; however, structural properties of stem diverged markedly. Consequently, leaf and stem hydraulic traits were closely correlated with leaf and stem structural properties, respectively. Additionally, stem hydraulic efficiency was significantly correlated with stem hydraulic resistance to embolism; nevertheless, such a hydraulic pattern was not found in leaf hydraulics. Thus, these results suggest: (1) that the evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> mainly diverge in stem hydraulics, but not in leaf hydraulics, (2) that regardless of leaf or stem, their hydraulic traits result primarily from structural properties, and not from leaf phenology, (3) that leaves are more vulnerable to drought-induced embolism than stem in the evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span>, but not always in the deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> and (4) that there exists a trade-off between hydraulic efficiency and safety for stem hydraulics, but not for leaf hydraulics. 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A.; Hunt, Sarah F. P.; Clerici, Santiago J.; Newton, Robert J.; Bottrell, Simon H.; Leng, Melanie J.; Heaton, Timothy H. E.; Helle, Gerhard; Argollo, Jaime; Gloor, Manuel; Brienen, Roel J. W.</p> <p>2015-10-01</p> <p>A <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring oxygen isotope (δ18OTR) chronology developed from one <span class="hlt">species</span> (Cedrela odorata) growing in a single site has been shown to be a sensitive proxy for rainfall over the Amazon Basin, thus allowing reconstructions of precipitation in a region where meteorological records are short and scarce. Although these results suggest that there should be large-scale (> 100 km) spatial coherence of δ18OTR records in the Amazon, this has not been tested. Furthermore, it is of interest to investigate whether other, possibly longer-lived, <span class="hlt">species</span> similarly record interannual variation of Amazon precipitation, and can be used to develop climate sensitive isotope chronologies. In this study, we measured δ18O in <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings from seven lowland and one highland <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from Bolivia. We found that cross-dating with δ18OTR gave more accurate <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring dates than using ring width. Our "isotope cross-dating approach" is confirmed with radiocarbon "bomb-peak" dates, and has the potential to greatly facilitate development of δ18OTR records in the tropics, identify dating errors, and check annual ring formation in tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Six of the seven lowland <span class="hlt">species</span> correlated significantly with C. odorata, showing that variation in δ18OTR has a coherent imprint across very different <span class="hlt">species</span>, most likely arising from a dominant influence of source water δ18O on δ18OTR. In addition we show that δ18OTR series cohere over large distances, within and between <span class="hlt">species</span>. Comparison of two C. odorata δ18OTR chronologies from sites several hundreds of kilometres apart showed a very strong correlation (r = 0.80, p < 0.001, 1901-2001), and a significant (but weaker) relationship was found between lowland C. odorata <span class="hlt">trees</span> and a Polylepis tarapacana <span class="hlt">tree</span> growing in the distant Altiplano (r = 0.39, p < 0.01, 1931-2001). This large-scale coherence of δ18OTR records is probably triggered by a strong spatial coherence in precipitation δ18O due to large-scale controls. These results highlight the strength of δ18OTR as a precipitation proxy, and open the way for temporal and spatial expansion of precipitation reconstructions in South America.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AcO....34..370B','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AcO....34..370B"><span id="translatedtitle">Hydraulic redistribution study in two native <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of agroforestry parklands of West African dry savanna</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Bayala, Jules; Heng, Lee Kheng; van Noordwijk, Meine; Ouedraogo, Sibiri Jean</p> <p>2008-11-01</p> <p>Hydraulic redistribution (HR) in karité ( Vitellaria paradoxa) and néré ( Parkia biglobosa) <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was studied by monitoring the soil water potential ( ψs) using thermocouple psychrometers at four compass directions, various distances from <span class="hlt">trees</span> and at different soil depths (max depth 80 cm) during the dry seasons of 2004 and 2005. A modified WaNuLCAS model was then used to infer the amount of water redistribued based on ψs values. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> transpiration rate was also estimated from sap velocity using thermal dissipative probes (TDP) and sapwood area, and the contribution of hydraulically redistributed water in <span class="hlt">tree</span> transpiration was determined. The results revealed on average that 46% of the psychrometer readings under karité and 33% under néré showed the occurrence of HR for the two years. Soil under néré displayed significantly lower fluctuations of ψs (0.16 MPa) compared to soil under karité (0.21 MPa). The results of this study indicated that the existence of HR leads to a higher ψs in the plant rhizosphere and hence is important for soil water dynamics and plant nutrition by making more accessible the soluble elements. The simulation showed that the amount of water redistributed would be approximately 73.0 L and 247.1 L per <span class="hlt">tree</span> per day in 2005 for karité and néré, and would represent respectively 60% and 53% of the amount transpired a day. Even though the model has certainly overestimated the volume of water hydraulically redistributed by the two <span class="hlt">species</span>, this water may play a key role in maintaining fine root viability and ensuring the well adaptation of these <span class="hlt">species</span> to the dry areas. Therefore, knowledge of the extent of such transfers and of the seasonal patterns is required and is of paramount importance in parkland systems both for <span class="hlt">trees</span> and associated crops.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26663665','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26663665"><span id="translatedtitle">Drought stress limits the geographic ranges of two <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> via different physiological mechanisms.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Anderegg, Leander D L; HilleRisLambers, Janneke</p> <p>2016-03-01</p> <p>Range shifts are among the most ubiquitous ecological responses to anthropogenic climate change and have large consequences for ecosystems. Unfortunately, the ecophysiological forces that constrain range boundaries are poorly understood, making it difficult to mechanistically project range shifts. To explore the physiological mechanisms by which drought stress controls dry range boundaries in <span class="hlt">trees</span>, we quantified elevational variation in drought tolerance and in drought avoidance-related functional traits of a widespread gymnosperm (ponderosa pine - Pinus ponderosa) and angiosperm (trembling aspen - Populus tremuloides) <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the southwestern USA. Specifically, we quantified <span class="hlt">tree-to-tree</span> variation in growth, water stress (predawn and midday xylem tension), drought avoidance traits (branch conductivity, leaf/needle size, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, leaf area-to-sapwood area ratio), and drought tolerance traits (xylem resistance to embolism, hydraulic safety margin, wood density) at the range margins and range center of each <span class="hlt">species</span>. Although water stress increased and growth declined strongly at lower range margins of both <span class="hlt">species</span>, ponderosa pine and aspen showed contrasting patterns of clinal trait variation. Trembling aspen increased its drought tolerance at its dry range edge by growing stronger but more carbon dense branch and leaf tissues, implying an increased cost of growth at its range boundary. By contrast, ponderosa pine showed little elevational variation in drought-related traits but avoided drought stress at low elevations by limiting transpiration through stomatal closure, such that its dry range boundary is associated with limited carbon assimilation even in average climatic conditions. Thus, the same climatic factor (drought) may drive range boundaries through different physiological mechanisms - a result that has important implications for process-based modeling approaches to <span class="hlt">tree</span> biogeography. Further, we show that comparing intraspecific patterns of trait variation across ranges, something rarely done in a range-limit context, helps elucidate a mechanistic understanding of range constraints. PMID:26663665</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014EGUGA..16.2533C','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014EGUGA..16.2533C"><span id="translatedtitle">Different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> affect soil respiration spatial distribution in a subtropical forest of southern Taiwan</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Chiang, Po-Neng; Yu, Jui-Chu; Wang, Ya-nan; Lai, Yen-Jen</p> <p>2014-05-01</p> <p>Global forests contain 69% of total carbon stored in forest soil and litter. But the carbon storage ability and release rate of warming gases of forest soil also affect global climate change. Soil carbon cycling processes are paid much attention by ecological scientists and policy makers because of the possibility of carbon being stored in soil via land use management. Soil respiration contributed large part of terrestrial carbon flux, but the relationship of soil respiration and climate change was still obscurity. Most of soil respiration researches focus on template and tropical area, little was known that in subtropical area. Afforestation is one of solutions to mitigate CO2 increase and to sequestrate CO2 in <span class="hlt">tree</span> and soil. Therefore, the objective of this study is to clarify the relationship of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and soil respiration distribution in subtropical broad-leaves plantation in southern Taiwan. The research site located on southern Taiwan was sugarcane farm before 2002. The sugarcane was removed and fourteen broadleaved <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were planted in 2002-2005. Sixteen plots (250m*250m) were set on 1 km2 area, each plot contained 4 subplots (170m2). The forest biomass (i.e. <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, DBH) understory biomass, litter, and soil C were measured and analyzed at 2011 to 2012. Soil respiration measurement was sampled in each subplot in each month. The soil belongs to Entisol with over 60% of sandstone. The soil pH is 5.5 with low base cations because of high sand percentage. Soil carbon storage showed significantly negative relationship with soil bulk density (p<0.001) in research site. The differences of distribution of live <span class="hlt">tree</span> C pool among 16 plots were affected by growth characteristic of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Data showed that the accumulation amount of litterfall was highest in December to February and lowest in June. Different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> planted in 16 plots, resulting in high spatial variation of litterfall amount. It also affected total amount of litterfall temporal variation. Soil respiration was related with season variation in research site. Soil temperature and soil respiration showed highly spatial variation in 16 plots. Soil temperature showed significantly exponential related with soil respiration in research site (p<0.001).However, soil respiration showed significantly negative relationship with total amount of litterfall (p<0.001), suggesting that the <span class="hlt">tree</span> was still young and did not reach crown closure.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4748750','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4748750"><span id="translatedtitle">SimPhy: Phylogenomic Simulation of Gene, Locus, and <span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">Trees</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Mallo, Diego; De Oliveira Martins, Leonardo; Posada, David</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>We present a fast and flexible software package—SimPhy—for the simulation of multiple gene families evolving under incomplete lineage sorting, gene duplication and loss, horizontal gene transfer—all three potentially leading to <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span>/gene <span class="hlt">tree</span> discordance—and gene conversion. SimPhy implements a hierarchical phylogenetic model in which the evolution of <span class="hlt">species</span>, locus, and gene <span class="hlt">trees</span> is governed by global and local parameters (e.g., genome-wide, <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific, locus-specific), that can be fixed or be sampled from a priori statistical distributions. SimPhy also incorporates comprehensive models of substitution rate variation among lineages (uncorrelated relaxed clocks) and the capability of simulating partitioned nucleotide, codon, and protein multilocus sequence alignments under a plethora of substitution models using the program INDELible. We validate SimPhy's output using theoretical expectations and other programs, and show that it scales extremely well with complex models and/or large <span class="hlt">trees</span>, being an order of magnitude faster than the most similar program (DLCoal-Sim). In addition, we demonstrate how SimPhy can be useful to understand interactions among different evolutionary processes, conducting a simulation study to characterize the systematic overestimation of the duplication time when using standard reconciliation methods. SimPhy is available at https://github.com/adamallo/SimPhy, where users can find the source code, precompiled executables, a detailed manual and example cases. PMID:26526427</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26526427','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26526427"><span id="translatedtitle">SimPhy: Phylogenomic Simulation of Gene, Locus, and <span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">Trees</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Mallo, Diego; De Oliveira Martins, Leonardo; Posada, David</p> <p>2016-03-01</p> <p>We present a fast and flexible software package-SimPhy-for the simulation of multiple gene families evolving under incomplete lineage sorting, gene duplication and loss, horizontal gene transfer-all three potentially leading to <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span>/gene <span class="hlt">tree</span> discordance-and gene conversion. SimPhy implements a hierarchical phylogenetic model in which the evolution of <span class="hlt">species</span>, locus, and gene <span class="hlt">trees</span> is governed by global and local parameters (e.g., genome-wide, <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific, locus-specific), that can be fixed or be sampled from a priori statistical distributions. SimPhy also incorporates comprehensive models of substitution rate variation among lineages (uncorrelated relaxed clocks) and the capability of simulating partitioned nucleotide, codon, and protein multilocus sequence alignments under a plethora of substitution models using the program INDELible. We validate SimPhy's output using theoretical expectations and other programs, and show that it scales extremely well with complex models and/or large <span class="hlt">trees</span>, being an order of magnitude faster than the most similar program (DLCoal-Sim). In addition, we demonstrate how SimPhy can be useful to understand interactions among different evolutionary processes, conducting a simulation study to characterize the systematic overestimation of the duplication time when using standard reconciliation methods. SimPhy is available at https://github.com/adamallo/SimPhy, where users can find the source code, precompiled executables, a detailed manual and example cases. PMID:26526427</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27028757','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27028757"><span id="translatedtitle">Mechanism Underlying the Spatial Pattern Formation of Dominant <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in a Natural Secondary Forest.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Jia, Guodong; Yu, Xinxiao; Fan, Dengxing; Jia, Jianbo</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Studying the spatial pattern of plant <span class="hlt">species</span> may provide significant insights into processes and mechanisms that maintain stand stability. To better understand the dynamics of naturally regenerated secondary forests, univariate and bivariate Ripley's L(r) functions were employed to evaluate intra-/interspecific relationships of four dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Populus davidiana, Betula platyphylla, Larix gmelinii and Acer mono) and to distinguish the underlying mechanism of spatial distribution. The results showed that the distribution of soil, water and nutrients was not fragmented but presented clear gradients. An overall aggregated distribution existed at most distances. No correlation was found between the spatial pattern of soil conditions and that of <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Both positive and negative intra- and interspecific relationships were found between different DBH classes at various distances. Large <span class="hlt">trees</span> did not show systematic inhibition of the saplings. By contrast, the inhibition intensified as the height differences increased between the compared pairs. Except for Larix, universal inhibition of saplings by upper layer <span class="hlt">trees</span> occurred among other <span class="hlt">species</span>, and this reflected the vertical competition for light. Therefore, we believe that competition for light rather than soil nutrients underlies the mechanism driving the formation of stand spatial pattern in the rocky mountainous areas examined. PMID:27028757</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4814042','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4814042"><span id="translatedtitle">Mechanism Underlying the Spatial Pattern Formation of Dominant <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in a Natural Secondary Forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Jia, Guodong; Yu, Xinxiao; Fan, Dengxing; Jia, Jianbo</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Studying the spatial pattern of plant <span class="hlt">species</span> may provide significant insights into processes and mechanisms that maintain stand stability. To better understand the dynamics of naturally regenerated secondary forests, univariate and bivariate Ripley’s L(r) functions were employed to evaluate intra-/interspecific relationships of four dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Populus davidiana, Betula platyphylla, Larix gmelinii and Acer mono) and to distinguish the underlying mechanism of spatial distribution. The results showed that the distribution of soil, water and nutrients was not fragmented but presented clear gradients. An overall aggregated distribution existed at most distances. No correlation was found between the spatial pattern of soil conditions and that of <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Both positive and negative intra- and interspecific relationships were found between different DBH classes at various distances. Large <span class="hlt">trees</span> did not show systematic inhibition of the saplings. By contrast, the inhibition intensified as the height differences increased between the compared pairs. Except for Larix, universal inhibition of saplings by upper layer <span class="hlt">trees</span> occurred among other <span class="hlt">species</span>, and this reflected the vertical competition for light. Therefore, we believe that competition for light rather than soil nutrients underlies the mechanism driving the formation of stand spatial pattern in the rocky mountainous areas examined. PMID:27028757</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4681336','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4681336"><span id="translatedtitle">Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>ter Steege, Hans; Pitman, Nigel C. A.; Killeen, Timothy J.; Laurance, William F.; Peres, Carlos A.; Guevara, Juan Ernesto; Salomão, Rafael P.; Castilho, Carolina V.; Amaral, Iêda Leão; de Almeida Matos, Francisca Dionízia; de Souza Coelho, Luiz; Magnusson, William E.; Phillips, Oliver L.; de Andrade Lima Filho, Diogenes; de Jesus Veiga Carim, Marcelo; Irume, Mariana Victória; Martins, Maria Pires; Molino, Jean-François; Sabatier, Daniel; Wittmann, Florian; López, Dairon Cárdenas; da Silva Guimarães, José Renan; Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo; Vargas, Percy Núñez; Manzatto, Angelo Gilberto; Reis, Neidiane Farias Costa; Terborgh, John; Casula, Katia Regina; Montero, Juan Carlos; Feldpausch, Ted R.; Honorio Coronado, Euridice N.; Montoya, Alvaro Javier Duque; Zartman, Charles Eugene; Mostacedo, Bonifacio; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Assis, Rafael L.; Medeiros, Marcelo Brilhante; Simon, Marcelo Fragomeni; Andrade, Ana; Camargo, José Luís; Laurance, Susan G. W.; Nascimento, Henrique Eduardo Mendonça; Marimon, Beatriz S.; Marimon, Ben-Hur; Costa, Flávia; Targhetta, Natalia; Vieira, Ima Célia Guimarães; Brienen, Roel; Castellanos, Hernán; Duivenvoorden, Joost F.; Mogollón, Hugo F.; Piedade, Maria Teresa Fernandez; Aymard C., Gerardo A.; Comiskey, James A.; Damasco, Gabriel; Dávila, Nállarett; García-Villacorta, Roosevelt; Diaz, Pablo Roberto Stevenson; Vincentini, Alberto; Emilio, Thaise; Levis, Carolina; Schietti, Juliana; Souza, Priscila; Alonso, Alfonso; Dallmeier, Francisco; Ferreira, Leandro Valle; Neill, David; Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro; Arroyo, Luzmila; Carvalho, Fernanda Antunes; Souza, Fernanda Coelho; do Amaral, Dário Dantas; Gribel, Rogerio; Luize, Bruno Garcia; Pansonato, Marcelo Petrati; Venticinque, Eduardo; Fine, Paul; Toledo, Marisol; Baraloto, Chris; Cerón, Carlos; Engel, Julien; Henkel, Terry W.; Jimenez, Eliana M.; Maas, Paul; Mora, Maria Cristina Peñuela; Petronelli, Pascal; Revilla, Juan David Cardenas; Silveira, Marcos; Stropp, Juliana; Thomas-Caesar, Raquel; Baker, Tim R.; Daly, Doug; Paredes, Marcos Ríos; da Silva, Naara Ferreira; Fuentes, Alfredo; Jørgensen, Peter Møller; Schöngart, Jochen; Silman, Miles R.; Arboleda, Nicolás Castaño; Cintra, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat; Valverde, Fernando Cornejo; Di Fiore, Anthony; Phillips, Juan Fernando; van Andel, Tinde R.; von Hildebrand, Patricio; Barbosa, Edelcilio Marques; de Matos Bonates, Luiz Carlos; de Castro, Deborah; de Sousa Farias, Emanuelle; Gonzales, Therany; Guillaumet, Jean-Louis; Hoffman, Bruce; Malhi, Yadvinder; de Andrade Miranda, Ires Paula; Prieto, Adriana; Rudas, Agustín; Ruschell, Ademir R.; Silva, Natalino; Vela, César I. A.; Vos, Vincent A.; Zent, Eglée L.; Zent, Stanford; Cano, Angela; Nascimento, Marcelo Trindade; Oliveira, Alexandre A.; Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma; Ramos, José Ferreira; Sierra, Rodrigo; Tirado, Milton; Medina, Maria Natalia Umaña; van der Heijden, Geertje; Torre, Emilio Vilanova; Vriesendorp, Corine; Wang, Ophelia; Young, Kenneth R.; Baider, Claudia; Balslev, Henrik; de Castro, Natalia; Farfan-Rios, William; Ferreira, Cid; Mendoza, Casimiro; Mesones, Italo; Torres-Lezama, Armando; Giraldo, Ligia Estela Urrego; Villarroel, Daniel; Zagt, Roderick; Alexiades, Miguel N.; Garcia-Cabrera, Karina; Hernandez, Lionel; Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Isau; Milliken, William; Cuenca, Walter Palacios; Pansini, Susamar; Pauletto, Daniela; Arevalo, Freddy Ramirez; Sampaio, Adeilza Felipe; Valderrama Sandoval, Elvis H.; Gamarra, Luis Valenzuela</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Estimates of extinction risk for Amazonian plant and animal <span class="hlt">species</span> are rare and not often incorporated into land-use policy and conservation planning. We overlay spatial distribution models with historical and projected deforestation to show that at least 36% and up to 57% of all Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are likely to qualify as globally threatened under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List criteria. If confirmed, these results would increase the number of threatened plant <span class="hlt">species</span> on Earth by 22%. We show that the trends observed in Amazonia apply to <span class="hlt">trees</span> throughout the tropics, and we predict that most of the world’s >40,000 tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> now qualify as globally threatened. A gap analysis suggests that existing Amazonian protected areas and indigenous territories will protect viable populations of most threatened <span class="hlt">species</span> if these areas suffer no further degradation, highlighting the key roles that protected areas, indigenous peoples, and improved governance can play in preventing large-scale extinctions in the tropics in this century. PMID:26702442</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26702442','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26702442"><span id="translatedtitle">Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ter Steege, Hans; Pitman, Nigel C A; Killeen, Timothy J; Laurance, William F; Peres, Carlos A; Guevara, Juan Ernesto; Salomão, Rafael P; Castilho, Carolina V; Amaral, Iêda Leão; de Almeida Matos, Francisca Dionízia; de Souza Coelho, Luiz; Magnusson, William E; Phillips, Oliver L; de Andrade Lima Filho, Diogenes; de Jesus Veiga Carim, Marcelo; Irume, Mariana Victória; Martins, Maria Pires; Molino, Jean-François; Sabatier, Daniel; Wittmann, Florian; López, Dairon Cárdenas; da Silva Guimarães, José Renan; Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo; Vargas, Percy Núñez; Manzatto, Angelo Gilberto; Reis, Neidiane Farias Costa; Terborgh, John; Casula, Katia Regina; Montero, Juan Carlos; Feldpausch, Ted R; Honorio Coronado, Euridice N; Montoya, Alvaro Javier Duque; Zartman, Charles Eugene; Mostacedo, Bonifacio; Vasquez, Rodolfo; Assis, Rafael L; Medeiros, Marcelo Brilhante; Simon, Marcelo Fragomeni; Andrade, Ana; Camargo, José Luís; Laurance, Susan G W; Nascimento, Henrique Eduardo Mendonça; Marimon, Beatriz S; Marimon, Ben-Hur; Costa, Flávia; Targhetta, Natalia; Vieira, Ima Célia Guimarães; Brienen, Roel; Castellanos, Hernán; Duivenvoorden, Joost F; Mogollón, Hugo F; Piedade, Maria Teresa Fernandez; Aymard C, Gerardo A; Comiskey, James A; Damasco, Gabriel; Dávila, Nállarett; García-Villacorta, Roosevelt; Diaz, Pablo Roberto Stevenson; Vincentini, Alberto; Emilio, Thaise; Levis, Carolina; Schietti, Juliana; Souza, Priscila; Alonso, Alfonso; Dallmeier, Francisco; Ferreira, Leandro Valle; Neill, David; Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro; Arroyo, Luzmila; Carvalho, Fernanda Antunes; Souza, Fernanda Coelho; do Amaral, Dário Dantas; Gribel, Rogerio; Luize, Bruno Garcia; Pansonato, Marcelo Petrati; Venticinque, Eduardo; Fine, Paul; Toledo, Marisol; Baraloto, Chris; Cerón, Carlos; Engel, Julien; Henkel, Terry W; Jimenez, Eliana M; Maas, Paul; Mora, Maria Cristina Peñuela; Petronelli, Pascal; Revilla, Juan David Cardenas; Silveira, Marcos; Stropp, Juliana; Thomas-Caesar, Raquel; Baker, Tim R; Daly, Doug; Paredes, Marcos Ríos; da Silva, Naara Ferreira; Fuentes, Alfredo; Jørgensen, Peter Møller; Schöngart, Jochen; Silman, Miles R; Arboleda, Nicolás Castaño; Cintra, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat; Valverde, Fernando Cornejo; Di Fiore, Anthony; Phillips, Juan Fernando; van Andel, Tinde R; von Hildebrand, Patricio; Barbosa, Edelcilio Marques; de Matos Bonates, Luiz Carlos; de Castro, Deborah; de Sousa Farias, Emanuelle; Gonzales, Therany; Guillaumet, Jean-Louis; Hoffman, Bruce; Malhi, Yadvinder; de Andrade Miranda, Ires Paula; Prieto, Adriana; Rudas, Agustín; Ruschell, Ademir R; Silva, Natalino; Vela, César I A; Vos, Vincent A; Zent, Eglée L; Zent, Stanford; Cano, Angela; Nascimento, Marcelo Trindade; Oliveira, Alexandre A; Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma; Ramos, José Ferreira; Sierra, Rodrigo; Tirado, Milton; Medina, Maria Natalia Umaña; van der Heijden, Geertje; Torre, Emilio Vilanova; Vriesendorp, Corine; Wang, Ophelia; Young, Kenneth R; Baider, Claudia; Balslev, Henrik; de Castro, Natalia; Farfan-Rios, William; Ferreira, Cid; Mendoza, Casimiro; Mesones, Italo; Torres-Lezama, Armando; Giraldo, Ligia Estela Urrego; Villarroel, Daniel; Zagt, Roderick; Alexiades, Miguel N; Garcia-Cabrera, Karina; Hernandez, Lionel; Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Isau; Milliken, William; Cuenca, Walter Palacios; Pansini, Susamar; Pauletto, Daniela; Arevalo, Freddy Ramirez; Sampaio, Adeilza Felipe; Valderrama Sandoval, Elvis H; Gamarra, Luis Valenzuela</p> <p>2015-11-01</p> <p>Estimates of extinction risk for Amazonian plant and animal <span class="hlt">species</span> are rare and not often incorporated into land-use policy and conservation planning. We overlay spatial distribution models with historical and projected deforestation to show that at least 36% and up to 57% of all Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are likely to qualify as globally threatened under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List criteria. If confirmed, these results would increase the number of threatened plant <span class="hlt">species</span> on Earth by 22%. We show that the trends observed in Amazonia apply to <span class="hlt">trees</span> throughout the tropics, and we predict that most of the world's >40,000 tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> now qualify as globally threatened. A gap analysis suggests that existing Amazonian protected areas and indigenous territories will protect viable populations of most threatened <span class="hlt">species</span> if these areas suffer no further degradation, highlighting the key roles that protected areas, indigenous peoples, and improved governance can play in preventing large-scale extinctions in the tropics in this century. PMID:26702442</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/927777','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/927777"><span id="translatedtitle">Managing Commercial <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> for Timber Production and Carbon Sequestration: Management Guidelines and Financial Returns</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Gary D. Kronrad</p> <p>2006-09-19</p> <p>A carbon credit market is developing in the United States. Information is needed by buyers and sellers of carbon credits so that the market functions equitably and efficiently. Analyses have been conducted to determine the optimal forest management regime to employ for each of the major commercial <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> so that profitability of timber production only or the combination of timber production and carbon sequestration is maximized. Because the potential of a forest ecosystem to sequester carbon depends on the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, site quality and management regimes utilized, analyses have determined how to optimize carbon sequestration by determining how to optimally manage each <span class="hlt">species</span>, given a range of site qualities, discount rates, prices of carbon credits and other economic variables. The effects of a carbon credit market on the method and profitability of forest management, the cost of sequestering carbon, the amount of carbon that can be sequestered, and the amount of timber products produced has been determined.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19324819','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19324819"><span id="translatedtitle">The demography of range boundaries versus range cores in eastern US <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Purves, Drew W</p> <p>2009-04-22</p> <p>Regional <span class="hlt">species</span>-climate correlations are well documented, but little is known about the ecological processes responsible for generating these patterns. Using the data from over 690,000 individual <span class="hlt">trees</span> I estimated five demographic rates--canopy growth, understorey growth, canopy lifespan, understorey lifespan and per capita reproduction--for 19 common eastern US <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, within the core and the northern and southern boundaries, of the <span class="hlt">species</span> range. Most <span class="hlt">species</span> showed statistically significant boundary versus core differences in most rates at both boundary types. Differences in canopy and understorey growth were relatively small in magnitude but consistent among <span class="hlt">species</span>, being lower at the northern (average -17%) and higher at the southern (average +12%) boundaries. Differences in lifespan were larger in magnitude but highly variable among <span class="hlt">species</span>, except for a marked trend for reduced canopy lifespan at the northern boundary (average -49%). Differences in per capita reproduction were large and statistically significant for some <span class="hlt">species</span>, but highly variable among <span class="hlt">species</span>. The rate estimates were combined to calculate two performance indices: R(0) (a measure of lifetime fitness in the absence of competition) was consistently lower at the northern boundary (average -86%) whereas Z* (a measure of competitive ability in closed forest) showed no sign of a consistent boundary-core difference at either boundary. PMID:19324819</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3419709','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3419709"><span id="translatedtitle">Avian <span class="hlt">Species</span> Richness in Relation to Intensive Forest Management Practices in Early Seral <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Plantations</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Jones, Jay E.; Kroll, Andrew J.; Giovanini, Jack; Duke, Steven D.; Ellis, Tana M.; Betts, Matthew G.</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Background Managers of landscapes dedicated to forest commodity production require information about how practices influence biological diversity. Individual <span class="hlt">species</span> and communities may be threatened if management practices truncate or simplify forest age classes that are essential for reproduction and survival. For instance, the degradation and loss of complex diverse forest in young age classes have been associated with declines in forest-associated Neotropical migrant bird populations in the Pacific Northwest, USA. These declines may be exacerbated by intensive forest management practices that reduce hardwood and broadleaf shrub cover in order to promote growth of economically valuable <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in plantations. Methodology and Principal Findings We used a Bayesian hierarchical model to evaluate relationships between avian <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and vegetation variables that reflect stand management intensity (primarily via herbicide application) on 212 <span class="hlt">tree</span> plantations in the Coast Range, Oregon, USA. Specifically, we estimated the influence of broadleaf hardwood vegetation cover, which is reduced through herbicide applications, on bird <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and individual <span class="hlt">species</span> occupancy. Our model accounted for imperfect detection. We used average predictive comparisons to quantify the degree of association between vegetation variables and <span class="hlt">species</span> richness. Both conifer and hardwood cover were positively associated with total <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, suggesting that these components of forest stand composition may be important predictors of alpha diversity. Estimates of <span class="hlt">species</span> richness were 3580% lower when imperfect detection was ignored (depending on covariate values), a result that has critical implications for previous efforts that have examined relationships between forest composition and <span class="hlt">species</span> richness. Conclusion and Significance Our results revealed that individual and community responses were positively associated with both conifer and hardwood cover. In our system, patterns of bird community assembly appear to be associated with stand management strategies that retain or increase hardwood vegetation while simultaneously regenerating the conifer cover in commercial <span class="hlt">tree</span> plantations. PMID:22905249</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B53F..04M','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B53F..04M"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Linked to Large Differences in Ecosystem Carbon Distribution in the Boreal Forest of Alaska</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Melvin, A. M.; Mack, M. C.; Johnstone, J. F.; Schuur, E. A. G.; Genet, H.; McGuire, A. D.</p> <p>2014-12-01</p> <p>In the boreal forest of Alaska, increased fire severity associated with climate change is altering plant-soil-microbial feedbacks and ecosystem carbon (C) dynamics. The boreal landscape has historically been dominated by black spruce (Picea mariana), a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> associated with slow C turnover and large soil organic matter (SOM) accumulation. Historically, low severity fires have led to black spruce regeneration post-fire, thereby maintaining slow C cycling rates and large SOM pools. In recent decades however, an increase in high severity fires has led to greater consumption of the soil organic layer (SOL) during fire and subsequent establishment of deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in areas previously dominated by black spruce. This shift to a more deciduous dominated landscape has many implications for ecosystem structure and function, as well as feedbacks to global C cycling. To improve our understanding of how boreal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> affect C cycling, we quantified above- and belowground C stocks and fluxes in adjacent, mid-successional stands of black spruce and Alaska paper birch (Betula neoalaskana) that established following a 1958 fire near Fairbanks, Alaska. Although total ecosystem C pools (aboveground live <span class="hlt">tree</span> biomass + dead wood + SOL + top 10 cm of mineral soil) were similar for the two stand types, the distribution of C among pools was markedly different. In black spruce, 78% of measured C was found in soil pools, primarily in the SOL, where spruce contained twice the C stored in paper birch (4.8 ± 0.3 vs. 2.4 ± 0.1 kg C m-2). In contrast, aboveground biomass dominated ecosystem C pools in birch forest (6.0 ± 0.3 vs. 2.5 ± 0.2 kg C m-2 in birch and spruce, respectively). Our findings suggest that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> exert a strong influence over plant-soil-microbial feedbacks and may have long-term effects on ecosystem C sequestration and storage that feedback to the climate system.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21700641','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21700641"><span id="translatedtitle">Novel <span class="hlt">species</span> of Celoporthe from Eucalyptus and Syzygium <span class="hlt">trees</span> in China and Indonesia.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chen, Shuaifei; Gryzenhout, Marieka; Roux, Jolanda; Xie, Yaojian; Wingfield, Michael J; Zhou, Xudong</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>Many <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Cryphonectriaceae cause diseases of <span class="hlt">trees</span>, including those in the genera Eucalyptus and Syzygium. During disease surveys on these <span class="hlt">trees</span> in southern China, fruiting structures typical of fungi in the Cryphonectriaceae and associated with dying branches and stems were observed. Morphological comparisons suggested that these fungi were distinct from the well known Chrysoporthe deuterocubensis, also found on these <span class="hlt">trees</span> in China. The aim of this study was to identify these fungi and evaluate their pathogenicity to Eucalyptus clones/<span class="hlt">species</span> as well as Syzygium cumini. Three morphologically similar fungal isolates collected previously from Indonesia also were included in the study. Isolates were characterized based on comparisons of morphology and DNA sequence data for the partial LSU and ITS nuclear ribosomal DNA, ?-tubulin and TEF-1? gene regions. After glasshouse trials to select virulent isolates field inoculations were undertaken to screen different commercial Eucalyptus clones/<span class="hlt">species</span> and S. cumini <span class="hlt">trees</span> for susceptibility to infection. Phylogenetic analyses showed that the Chinese isolates and those from Indonesia reside in a clade close to previously identified South African Celoporthe isolates. Based on morphology and DNA sequence comparisons, four new Celoporthe spp. were identified and they are described as C. syzygii, C. eucalypti, C. guangdongensis and C. indonesiensis. Field inoculations indicated that the three Chinese Celoporthe spp., C. syzygii, C. eucalypti and C. guangdongensis, are pathogenic to all tested Eucalyptus and S. cumini <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Significant differences in the susceptibility of the inoculated Eucalyptus clones/<span class="hlt">species</span> suggest that it will be possible to select disease-tolerant planting stock for forestry operations in the future. PMID:21700641</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014BGeo...11.1649L','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014BGeo...11.1649L"><span id="translatedtitle">Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on Taihang Mountain, North China</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Liu, X. P.; Zhang, W. J.; Hu, C. S.; Tang, X. G.</p> <p>2014-03-01</p> <p>The objectives of this study were to investigate seasonal variation of greenhouse gas fluxes from soils on sites dominated by plantation (Robinia pseudoacacia, Punica granatum, and Ziziphus jujube) and natural regenerated forests (Vitex negundo var. heterophylla, Leptodermis oblonga, and Bothriochloa ischcemum), and to identify how <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, litter exclusion, and soil properties (soil temperature, soil moisture, soil organic carbon, total N, soil bulk density, and soil pH) explained the temporal and spatial variation in soil greenhouse gas fluxes. Fluxes of greenhouse gases were measured using static chamber and gas chromatography techniques. Six static chambers were randomly installed in each <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Three chambers were randomly designated to measure the impacts of surface litter exclusion, and the remaining three were used as a control. Field measurements were conducted biweekly from May 2010 to April 2012. Soil CO2 emissions from all <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were significantly affected by soil temperature, soil moisture, and their interaction. Driven by the seasonality of temperature and precipitation, soil CO2 emissions demonstrated a clear seasonal pattern, with fluxes significantly higher during the rainy season than during the dry season. Soil CH4 and N2O fluxes were not significantly correlated with soil temperature, soil moisture, or their interaction, and no significant seasonal differences were detected. Soil organic carbon and total N were significantly positively correlated with CO2 and N2O fluxes. Soil bulk density was significantly negatively correlated with CO2 and N2O fluxes. Soil pH was not correlated with CO2 and N2O emissions. Soil CH4 fluxes did not display pronounced dependency on soil organic carbon, total N, soil bulk density, and soil pH. Removal of surface litter significantly decreased in CO2 emissions and CH4 uptakes. Soils in six <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> acted as sinks for atmospheric CH4. With the exception of Ziziphus jujube, soils in all <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> acted as sinks for atmospheric N2O. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> had a significant effect on CO2 and N2O releases but not on CH4 uptake. The lower net global warming potential in natural regenerated vegetation suggested that natural regenerated vegetation were more desirable plant <span class="hlt">species</span> in reducing global warming.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24486469','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24486469"><span id="translatedtitle">Converting probabilistic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> range shift projections into meaningful classes for management.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hanewinkel, Marc; Cullmann, Dominik A; Michiels, Hans-Gerd; Kändler, Gerald</p> <p>2014-02-15</p> <p>The paper deals with the management problem how to decide on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> suitability under changing environmental conditions. It presents an algorithm that classifies the output of a range shift model for major <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Europe into multiple classes that can be linked to qualities characterizing the ecological niche of the <span class="hlt">species</span>. The classes: i) Core distribution area, ii) Extended distribution area, iii) Occasional occurrence area, and iv) No occurrence area are first theoretically developed and then statistically described. The classes are interpreted from an ecological point of view using criteria like population structure, competitive strength, site spectrum and vulnerability to biotic hazards. The functioning of the algorithm is demonstrated using the example of a generalized linear model that was fitted to a pan-European dataset of presence/absence of major <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with downscaled climate data from a General Circulation Model (GCM). Applications of the algorithm to <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> suitability classification on a European and regional level are shown. The thresholds that are used by the algorithm are precision-based and include Cohen's Kappa. A validation of the algorithm using an independent dataset of the German National Forest Inventory shows good accordance of the statistically derived classes with ecological traits for Norway spruce, while the differentiation especially between core and extended distribution for European beech that is in the centre of its natural range in this area is less accurate. We hypothesize that for <span class="hlt">species</span> in the core of their range regional factors like forest history superimpose climatic factors. Problems of uncertainty issued from potentially applying a multitude of modelling approaches and/or climate realizations within the range shift model are discussed and a way to deal with the uncertainty by revealing the underlying attitude towards risk of the decision maker is proposed. PMID:24486469</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20723609','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20723609"><span id="translatedtitle">Diversification in <span class="hlt">species</span> complexes: tests of <span class="hlt">species</span> origin and delimitation in the Bursera simaruba clade of tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span> (Burseraceae).</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Rosell, Julieta A; Olson, Mark E; Weeks, Andrea; De-Nova, J Arturo; Lemos, Rosalinda Medina; Camacho, Jacqueline Pérez; Feria, Teresa P; Gómez-Bermejo, Roberto; Montero, Juan C; Eguiarte, Luis E</p> <p>2010-11-01</p> <p>Molecular phylogenies are invaluable for testing morphology-based <span class="hlt">species</span> delimitation in <span class="hlt">species</span> complexes, as well as for examining hypotheses regarding the origination of <span class="hlt">species</span> in these groups. Using five nucleotide markers, we reconstructed the phylogeny of the Bursera simaruba <span class="hlt">species</span> complex of neotropical <span class="hlt">trees</span> to test the notion that four "satellite" <span class="hlt">species</span> originated from populations of the most widely distributed member of the genus, B. simaruba, which the satellites strongly resemble. In addition to molecular phylogenetic reconstruction, we tested <span class="hlt">species</span> delimitation of B. simaruba and the satellites using multivariate analyses of morphological and ecological characters. The analyses evaluated the taxonomic value of these traditional characters and pinpointed those in need of further study, such as the expression of pubescence. Phylogenetic data rejected the origin of three satellite <span class="hlt">species</span> from their purported ancestor, B. simaruba, and we ascribe their morphological similarity to convergence or parallelism. The fourth satellite <span class="hlt">species</span> likely represents one end of a spectrum of inflorescence length variation within B. simaruba and is conspecific. Despite its marked morphological variability, we recovered B. simaruba as a single valid <span class="hlt">species</span>, which implies that it maintains genetic cohesion among distant populations throughout its vast range. PMID:20723609</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26865971','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26865971"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> richness decreases while <span class="hlt">species</span> evenness increases with disturbance frequency in a natural boreal forest landscape.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Yeboah, Daniel; Chen, Han Y H; Kingston, Steve</p> <p>2016-02-01</p> <p>Understanding <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and disturbance relationships is important for biodiversity conservation in disturbance-driven boreal forests. <span class="hlt">Species</span> richness and evenness may respond differently with stand development following fire. Furthermore, few studies have simultaneously accounted for the influences of climate and local site conditions on <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity. Using forest inventory data, we examined the relationships between <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, Shannon's index, evenness, and time since last stand-replacing fire (TSF) in a large landscape of disturbance-driven boreal forest. TSF has negative effect on <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and Shannon's index, and a positive effect on <span class="hlt">species</span> evenness. Path analysis revealed that the environmental variables affect richness and Shannon's index only through their effects on TSF while affecting evenness directly as well as through their effects on TSF. Synthesis and applications. Our results demonstrate that <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and Shannon's index decrease while <span class="hlt">species</span> evenness increases with TSF in a boreal forest landscape. Furthermore, we show that disturbance frequency, local site conditions, and climate simultaneously influence <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity through complex direct and indirect effects in the studied boreal forest. PMID:26865971</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24337711','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24337711"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from different functional groups respond differently to environmental changes during establishment.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Barbosa, Eduardo R M; van Langevelde, Frank; Tomlinson, Kyle W; Carvalheiro, Luísa G; Kirkman, Kevin; de Bie, Steven; Prins, Herbert H T</p> <p>2014-04-01</p> <p>Savanna plant communities change considerably across time and space. The processes driving savanna plant <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity, coexistence and turnover along environmental gradients are still unclear. Understanding how <span class="hlt">species</span> respond differently to varying environmental conditions during the seedling stage, a critical stage for plant population dynamics, is needed to explain the current composition of plant communities and to enable us to predict their responses to future environmental changes. Here we investigate whether seedling response to changes in resource availability, and to competition with grass, varied between two functional groups of African savanna <span class="hlt">trees</span>: <span class="hlt">species</span> with small leaves, spines and N-fixing associations (fine-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>), and <span class="hlt">species</span> with broad leaves, no spines, and lacking N-fixing associations (broad-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>). We show that while <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were strongly suppressed by grass, the effect of resource availability on seedling performance varied considerably between the two functional groups. Nutrient inputs increased stem length only of broad-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span> and only under an even watering treatment. Low light conditions benefited mostly broad-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>' growth. Savannas are susceptible to ongoing global environment changes. Our results suggest that an increase in woody cover is only likely to occur in savannas if grass cover is strongly suppressed (e.g. by fire or overgrazing). However, if woody cover does increase, broad-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span> will benefit most from the resulting shaded environments, potentially leading to an expansion of the distribution of these <span class="hlt">species</span>. Eutrophication and changes in rainfall patterns may also affect the balance between fine- and broad-leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>. 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The aims of this study were to (i) assess the importance of environmental factors relative to historical factors for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions in the semi-evergreen forests of the northern Congo basin; and to (ii) identify potential mechanisms explaining distribution patterns through a trait-based approach. Methodology/Principal Findings We analyzed the distribution patterns of 31 common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in an area of more than 700,000 km2 spanning the borders of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and the Republic of Congo using forest inventory data from 56,445 0.5-ha plots. Spatial variation of environmental (climate, topography and geology) and historical factors (human disturbance) were quantified from maps and satellite records. Four key functional traits (leaf phenology, shade tolerance, wood density, and maximum growth rate) were extracted from the literature. The geological substrate was of major importance for the distribution of the focal <span class="hlt">species</span>, while climate and past human disturbances had a significant but lesser impact. <span class="hlt">Species</span> distribution patterns were significantly related to functional traits. <span class="hlt">Species</span> associated with sandy soils typical of sandstone and alluvium were characterized by slow growth rates, shade tolerance, evergreen leaves, and high wood density, traits allowing persistence on resource-poor soils. In contrast, fast-growing pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span> rarely occurred on sandy soils, except for Lophira alata. Conclusions/Significance The results indicate strong environmental filtering due to differential soil resource availability across geological substrates. Additionally, long-term human disturbances in resource-rich areas may have accentuated the observed patterns of <span class="hlt">species</span> and trait distributions. Trait differences across geological substrates imply pronounced differences in population and ecosystem processes, and call for different conservation and management strategies. PMID:22905127</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24488084','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24488084"><span id="translatedtitle">The right <span class="hlt">tree</span> for the job? perceptions of <span class="hlt">species</span> suitability for the provision of ecosystem services.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Smaill, Simeon J; Bayne, Karen M; Coker, Graham W R; Paul, Thomas S H; Clinton, Peter W</p> <p>2014-04-01</p> <p>Stakeholders in plantation forestry are increasingly aware of the importance of the ecosystem services and non-market values associated with forests. In New Zealand, there is significant interest in establishing <span class="hlt">species</span> other than Pinus radiata D. Don (the dominant plantation <span class="hlt">species</span>) in the belief that alternative <span class="hlt">species</span> are better suited to deliver these services. Significant risk is associated with this position as there is little objective data to support these views. To identify which <span class="hlt">species</span> were likely to be planted to deliver ecosystem services, a survey was distributed to examine stakeholder perceptions. Stakeholders were asked which of 15 <span class="hlt">tree</span> attributes contributed to the provision of five ecosystem services (amenity value, bioenergy production, carbon capture, the diversity of native habitat, and erosion control/water quality) and to identify which of 22 candidate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> possessed those attributes. These data were combined to identify the <span class="hlt">species</span> perceived most suitable for the delivery of each ecosystem service. Sequoia sempervirens (D.Don) Endl. closely matched the stakeholder derived ideotypes associated with all five ecosystem services. Comparisons to data from growth, physiological and ecological studies demonstrated that many of the opinions held by stakeholders were inaccurate, leading to erroneous assumptions regarding the suitability of most candidate <span class="hlt">species</span>. Stakeholder perceptions substantially influence <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> selection, and plantations established on the basis of inaccurate opinions are unlikely to deliver the desired outcomes. Attitudinal surveys associated with engagement campaigns are essential to improve stakeholder knowledge, advancing the development of fit-for-purpose forest management that provides the required ecosystem services. PMID:24488084</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B53K..02D','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B53K..02D"><span id="translatedtitle">Within-stand variability of leaf phenology in deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: characterization and ecological implications</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Delpierre, N.; Cecchini, S.; Dufrêne, E.; Guillemot, J.; Nicolas, M.</p> <p>2014-12-01</p> <p>The vast majority of phenological studies address questions relative to the spatial or temporal variability of phenological timings integrated at the forest stand (i.e. <span class="hlt">tree</span> population) scale. Within a forest stand, the inter-individual variability of phenological timings is expected to affect a range of <span class="hlt">tree</span> functions among which the access to light, the use of carbon and nitrogen reserves, the absorption of minerals and the sensitivity to pathogens. Hence the individual's phenological traits are likely to be strongly selected, resulting in an adaptation of the population to local conditions, as evidenced by latitudinal and altitudinal clines observed in common garden experiments. Studies dedicated to the within-stand variability of the timing of phenophases have to date been mostly designed for contrasting the behaviours of understory versus overstory <span class="hlt">species</span> or seedlings compared to their adult conspecifics. The few published papers studying the phenological timings among adult conspecifics revealed unclear patterns. We aimed at clarifying the understanding of the within-stand variability of <span class="hlt">tree</span> phenology of three of the main European deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> (Quercus petraea, Quercus robur and Fagus sylvatica) through the analysis of a unique phenological database collected over 44 (28 Oak sites, 16 Beech stands) forest stands at the <span class="hlt">tree</span> level for 4 years over France. We show that within a forest stand, individual <span class="hlt">trees</span> have a distinct "phenological identity" resulting in a year to year conservation of (a) the individuals' spring and autumn phenological rankings and (b) the individuals' critical temperature sums required for budburst and senescence. The individual's spring "phenological identity" affects its functioning and, ultimately, its competitive ability: big <span class="hlt">trees</span> burst earlier. Acknowledging that Angiosperms show low genetic diversity between populations, we show that the between-site variability of critical temperature sums needed for budburst or senescence is low. We show that this between-site variability is linked to climate and geographical gradients, which suggest local adaptations of the populations' phenological traits.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853539','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853539"><span id="translatedtitle">Development of oligonucleotide microarrays for simultaneous multi-<span class="hlt">species</span> identification of Phellinus <span class="hlt">tree</span>-pathogenic fungi.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Tzean, Yuh; Shu, Po-Yao; Liou, Ruey-Fen; Tzean, Shean-Shong</p> <p>2016-03-01</p> <p>Polyporoid Phellinus fungi are ubiquitously present in the environment and play an important role in shaping forest ecology. Several <span class="hlt">species</span> of Phellinus are notorious pathogens that can affect a broad variety of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in forest, plantation, orchard and urban habitats; however, current detection methods are overly complex and lack the sensitivity required to identify these pathogens at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level in a timely fashion for effective infestation control. Here, we describe eight oligonucleotide microarray platforms for the simultaneous and specific detection of 17 important Phellinus <span class="hlt">species</span>, using probes generated from the internal transcribed spacer regions unique to each <span class="hlt">species</span>. The sensitivity, robustness and efficiency of this Phellinus microarray system was subsequently confirmed against template DNA from two key Phellinus <span class="hlt">species</span>, as well as field samples collected from <span class="hlt">tree</span> roots, trunks and surrounding soil. This system can provide early, specific and convenient detection of Phellinus <span class="hlt">species</span> for forestry, arboriculture and quarantine inspection, and could potentially help to mitigate the environmental and economic impact of Phellinus-related diseases. PMID:26853539</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23928890','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23928890"><span id="translatedtitle">Differences between height- and light-dependent changes in shoot traits in five deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Osada, Noriyuki; Okabe, Yoshihiko; Hayashi, Daisuke; Katsuyama, Tomonori; Tokuchi, Naoko</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>The effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> height on shoot traits may in some cases differ in magnitude and direction from the effects of light. Nevertheless, general patterns of change in shoot traits in relation to variations in height and light have not so far been revealed. A comprehensive analysis of the differences between the effects of height and light on a range of leaf and shoot traits is important for the scaling of these traits to individual <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We investigated the biomass allocation and structure of current-year shoots at the top of the crowns of five deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Japan. Height effect was investigated by comparing shoot traits among <span class="hlt">trees</span> of different heights growing under a high light environment. The effects of light were examined by comparing saplings growing in high- and low-light environments. The effects of light were significant for most traits, while those of height were not significant for some traits. The magnitudes of the effects of light were larger than those of height for most traits related to biomass allocation. There was an extreme difference between the effects of height and light in the direction of change in the length of current-year shoots and in the number of standing leaves. The measures of both parameters increased with the increase in light, but decreased with the increase in <span class="hlt">tree</span> height. Thus, the effects of height and light on diverse traits at the level of current-year shoots were not always similar. These results suggest that great care must be taken when scaling shoot traits from small <span class="hlt">trees</span> to tall <span class="hlt">trees</span> because the effects of height and light can be complex. PMID:23928890</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015NatGe...8..228R','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015NatGe...8..228R"><span id="translatedtitle">Influence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on continental differences in boreal fires and climate feedbacks</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Rogers, Brendan M.; Soja, Amber J.; Goulden, Michael L.; Randerson, James T.</p> <p>2015-03-01</p> <p>Wildfires are common in boreal forests around the globe and strongly influence ecosystem processes. However, North American forests support more high-intensity crown fires than Eurasia, where lower-intensity surface fires are common. These two types of fire can result in different net effects on climate as a consequence of their contrasting impacts on terrestrial albedo and carbon stocks. Here we use remote-sensing imagery, climate reanalysis data and forest inventories to evaluate differences in boreal fire dynamics between North America and Eurasia and their key drivers. Eurasian fires were less intense, destroyed less live vegetation, killed fewer <span class="hlt">trees</span> and generated a smaller negative shortwave forcing. As fire weather conditions were similar across continents, we suggest that different fire dynamics between the two continents resulted from their dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. In particular, <span class="hlt">species</span> that have evolved to spread and be consumed by crown fires as part of their life cycle dominate North American boreal forests. In contrast, <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that have evolved to resist and suppress crown fires dominate Eurasian boreal forests. We conclude that <span class="hlt">species</span>-level traits must be considered in global evaluations of the effects of fire on emissions and climate.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/318771','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/318771"><span id="translatedtitle">How environmental conditions affect canopy leaf-level photosynthesis in four deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Bassow, S.L.; Bazzaz, F.A.</p> <p>1998-12-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Species</span> composition of temperate forests vary with successional age and seems likely to change in response to significant global climate change. Because photosynthesis rates in co-occurring <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> can differ in their sensitivity to environmental conditions, these changes in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition are likely to alter the carbon dynamics of temperate forests. To help improve their understanding of such atmosphere-biosphere interactions, the authors explored changes in leaf-level photosynthesis in a 60--70 yr old temperate mixed-deciduous forest in Petersham, Massachusetts (USA). Diurnally and seasonally varying environmental conditions differentially influenced in situ leaf-level photosynthesis rates in the canopies of four mature temperate deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: red oak (Quercus rubra), red maple (Acer rubrum), white birch (Betula papyrifera), and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis). The authors measured in situ photosynthesis at two heights within the canopies through a diurnal time course on 7 d over two growing seasons. They simultaneously measured a suite of environmental conditions surrounding the leaf at the time of each measurement. The authors used path analysis to examine the influence of environmental factors on in situ photosynthesis in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> canopies.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/X10-199','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/X10-199"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and soil nutrient profiles in old-growth forests of the Oregon Coast Range</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Cross, Alison; Perakis, Steven S.</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>Old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest provide a unique opportunity to examine <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> – soil relationships in ecosystems that have developed without significant human disturbance. We characterized foliage, forest floor, and mineral soil nutrients associated with four canopy <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg.), western redcedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don), and bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh)) in eight old-growth forests of the Oregon Coast Range. The greatest forest floor accumulations of C, N, P, Ca, Mg, and K occurred under Douglas-fir, primarily due to greater forest floor mass. In mineral soil, western hemlock exhibited significantly lower Ca concentration and sum of cations (Ca + Mg + K) than bigleaf maple, with intermediate values for Douglas-fir and western redcedar. Bigleaf maple explained most <span class="hlt">species</span>-based differences in foliar nutrients, displaying high concentrations of N, P, Ca, Mg, and K. Foliar P and N:P variations largely reflected soil P variation across sites. The four <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that we examined exhibited a number of individualistic effects on soil nutrient levels that contribute to biogeochemical heterogeneity in these ecosystems. Where fire suppression and long-term succession favor dominance by highly shade-tolerant western hemlock, our results suggest a potential for declines in both soil Ca availability and soil biogeochemical heterogeneity in old-growth forests.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..17.9950I','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EGUGA..17.9950I"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf and whole-<span class="hlt">tree</span> water use relations of Australian rainforest <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Ishida, Yoko; Laurance, Susan; Liddell, Michael; Lloyd, Jonathan</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>Climate change induces drought events and may therefore cause significant impact on tropical rainforests, where most plants are reliant on high water availability - potentially affecting the distribution, composition and abundance of plant <span class="hlt">species</span>. Using an experimental approach, we are studying the effects of a simulated drought on lowland rainforest plants at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRO), in tropical northern Australia. Before to build up the rainout infrastructure, we installed sap flow meters (HRM) on 62 rainforest <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Eight <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were selected with diverse ecological strategies including wood density values ranging from 0.34 to 0.88 g/cm3 and could be replicated within a 1ha plot: Alstonia scholaris (Apocynaceae), Argyrondendron peralatum (Malvaceae), Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Elaeocarpaceae), Endiandra microneura (Lauraceae), Myristica globosa (Myristicaceae), Syzygium graveolens (Myrtaceae), Normanbya normanbyi (Arecaceae), and Castanospermum australe (Fabaceae). Our preliminary results from sap flow data obtained from October 2013 to December of 2014 showed differences in the amount of water used by our <span class="hlt">trees</span> varied in response to <span class="hlt">species</span>, size and climate. For example Syzygium graveolens has used a maximum of 60 litres/day while Argyrondendrum peralatum used 13 litres/day. Other potential causes for differential water-use between <span class="hlt">species</span> and the implications of our research will be discussed. We will continue to monitor sap flow during the rainfall exclusion (2014 to 2016) to determine the effects of plant physiological traits on water use strategies.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25168006','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25168006"><span id="translatedtitle">Influence of shade tolerance and development stage on the allometry of ten temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Franceschini, Tony; Schneider, Robert</p> <p>2014-11-01</p> <p>Allometry studies the change in scale between two dimensions of an organism. The metabolic theory of ecology predicts invariant allometric scaling exponents, while empirical studies evidenced inter- and intra-specific variations. This work aimed at identifying the sources of variations of the allometric exponents at both inter- and intra-specific levels using stem analysis from 9,363 <span class="hlt">trees</span> for ten Eastern Canada <span class="hlt">species</span> with a large shade-tolerance gradient. Specifically, the yearly allometric exponents, α(v,DBH) [volume (v) and diameter at breast height (DBH)], β(v,h) [v and height (h)], and γ(h,DBH) (h and DBH) were modelled as a function of <span class="hlt">tree</span> age for each <span class="hlt">species</span>. α(v,DBH), and γ(h,DBH) increased with <span class="hlt">tree</span> age and then reached a plateau ranging from 2.45 to 3.12 for α(v,DBH), and 0.874-1.48 for γ(h,DBH). Pine <span class="hlt">species</span> presented a local maximum. No effect of <span class="hlt">tree</span> age on β(v,h) was found for conifers, while it increased until a plateau ranging from 3.71 to 5.16 for broadleaves. The influence of shade tolerance on the growth trajectories was then explored. In the juvenile stage, α(v,DBH), and γ(h,DBH) increased with shade tolerance while β(v,h) was shade-tolerance independent. In the mature stage, β(v,h) increased with shade tolerance, whereas γ(h,DBH) decreased and α(v,DBH) was shade-tolerance independent. The interaction between development stage and shade tolerance for allometric exponents demonstrates the importance of the changing functional requirements of <span class="hlt">trees</span> for resource allocation at both the inter- and intra-specific level. These results indicate the need to also integrate specific functional traits, growth strategies and allocation, in allometric theoretical frameworks. PMID:25168006</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25084460','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25084460"><span id="translatedtitle">Epigenetic variability in the genetically uniform forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Pinus pinea L.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Sáez-Laguna, Enrique; Guevara, María-Ángeles; Díaz, Luis-Manuel; Sánchez-Gómez, David; Collada, Carmen; Aranda, Ismael; Cervera, María-Teresa</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>There is an increasing interest in understanding the role of epigenetic variability in forest <span class="hlt">species</span> and how it may contribute to their rapid adaptation to changing environments. In this study we have conducted a genome-wide analysis of cytosine methylation pattern in Pinus pinea, a <span class="hlt">species</span> characterized by very low levels of genetic variation and a remarkable degree of phenotypic plasticity. DNA methylation profiles of different vegetatively propagated <span class="hlt">trees</span> from representative natural Spanish populations of P. pinea were analyzed with the Methylation Sensitive Amplified Polymorphism (MSAP) technique. A high degree of cytosine methylation was detected (64.36% of all scored DNA fragments). Furthermore, high levels of epigenetic variation were observed among the studied individuals. This high epigenetic variation found in P. pinea contrasted with the lack of genetic variation based on Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) data. In this manner, variable epigenetic markers clearly discriminate individuals and differentiates two well represented populations while the lack of genetic variation revealed with the AFLP markers fail to differentiate at both, individual or population levels. In addition, the use of different replicated <span class="hlt">trees</span> allowed identifying common polymorphic methylation sensitive MSAP markers among replicates of a given propagated <span class="hlt">tree</span>. This set of MSAPs allowed discrimination of the 70% of the analyzed <span class="hlt">trees</span>. PMID:25084460</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25811074','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25811074"><span id="translatedtitle">Experimental evidence of large changes in terrestrial chlorine cycling following altered <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Montelius, Malin; Thiry, Yves; Marang, Laura; Ranger, Jacques; Cornelis, Jean-Thomas; Svensson, Teresia; Bastviken, David</p> <p>2015-04-21</p> <p>Organochlorine molecules (Clorg) are surprisingly abundant in soils and frequently exceed chloride (Cl(-)) levels. Despite the widespread abundance of Clorg and the common ability of microorganisms to produce Clorg, we lack fundamental knowledge about how overall chlorine cycling is regulated in forested ecosystems. Here we present data from a long-term reforestation experiment where native forest was cleared and replaced with five different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Our results show that the abundance and residence times of Cl(-) and Clorg after 30 years were highly dependent on which <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were planted on the nearby plots. Average Cl(-) and Clorg content in soil humus were higher, at experimental plots with coniferous <span class="hlt">trees</span> than in those with deciduous <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Plots with Norway spruce had the highest net accumulation of Cl(-) and Clorg over the experiment period, and showed a 10 and 4 times higher Cl(-) and Clorg storage (kg ha(-1)) in the biomass, respectively, and 7 and 9 times higher storage of Cl(-) and Clorg in the soil humus layer, compared to plots with oak. The results can explain why local soil chlorine levels are frequently independent of atmospheric deposition, and provide opportunities for improved modeling of chlorine distribution and cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. PMID:25811074</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4118849','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4118849"><span id="translatedtitle">Epigenetic Variability in the Genetically Uniform Forest <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Pinus pinea L</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Sáez-Laguna, Enrique; Guevara, María-Ángeles; Díaz, Luis-Manuel; Sánchez-Gómez, David; Collada, Carmen; Aranda, Ismael; Cervera, María-Teresa</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>There is an increasing interest in understanding the role of epigenetic variability in forest <span class="hlt">species</span> and how it may contribute to their rapid adaptation to changing environments. In this study we have conducted a genome-wide analysis of cytosine methylation pattern in Pinus pinea, a <span class="hlt">species</span> characterized by very low levels of genetic variation and a remarkable degree of phenotypic plasticity. DNA methylation profiles of different vegetatively propagated <span class="hlt">trees</span> from representative natural Spanish populations of P. pinea were analyzed with the Methylation Sensitive Amplified Polymorphism (MSAP) technique. A high degree of cytosine methylation was detected (64.36% of all scored DNA fragments). Furthermore, high levels of epigenetic variation were observed among the studied individuals. This high epigenetic variation found in P. pinea contrasted with the lack of genetic variation based on Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) data. In this manner, variable epigenetic markers clearly discriminate individuals and differentiates two well represented populations while the lack of genetic variation revealed with the AFLP markers fail to differentiate at both, individual or population levels. In addition, the use of different replicated <span class="hlt">trees</span> allowed identifying common polymorphic methylation sensitive MSAP markers among replicates of a given propagated <span class="hlt">tree</span>. This set of MSAPs allowed discrimination of the 70% of the analyzed <span class="hlt">trees</span>. PMID:25084460</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19197495','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19197495"><span id="translatedtitle">Diurnal and seasonal carbon balance of four tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> differing in successional status.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Souza, G M; Ribeiro, R V; Sato, A M; Oliveira, M S</p> <p>2008-11-01</p> <p>This study addressed some questions about how a suitable leaf carbon balance can be attained for different functional groups of tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> under contrasting forest light environments. The study was carried out in a fragment of semi-deciduous seasonal forest in Narandiba county, São Paulo Estate, Brazil. 10-month-old seedlings of four tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Bauhinia forficata Link (Caesalpinioideae) and Guazuma ulmifolia Lam. (Sterculiaceae) as light-demanding pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span>, and Hymenaea courbaril L. (Caesalpinioideae) and Esenbeckia leiocarpa Engl. (Rutaceae) as late successional <span class="hlt">species</span>, were grown under gap and understorey conditions. Diurnal courses of net photosynthesis (Pn) and transpiration were recorded with an open system portable infrared gas analyzer in two different seasons. Dark respiration and photorespiration were also evaluated in the same leaves used for Pn measurements after dark adaptation. Our results showed that diurnal-integrated dark respiration (Rdi) of late successional <span class="hlt">species</span> were similar to pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span>. On the other hand, photorespiration rates were often higher in pioneer than in late successional <span class="hlt">species</span> in the gap. However, the relative contribution of these parameters to leaf carbon balance was similar in all <span class="hlt">species</span> in both environmental conditions. Considering diurnal-integrated values, gross photosynthesis (Pgi) was dramatically higher in gap than in understorey, regardless of <span class="hlt">species</span>. In both evaluated months, there were no differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> of different functional groups under shade conditions. The same was observed in May (dry season) under gap conditions. In such light environment, pioneers were distinguished from late successional <span class="hlt">species</span> in November (wet season), showing that ecophysiological performance can have a straightforward relation to seasonality. PMID:19197495</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22902686','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22902686"><span id="translatedtitle">Tuning of color contrast signals to visual sensitivity maxima of <span class="hlt">tree</span> shrews by three Bornean highland Nepenthes <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Moran, Jonathan A; Clarke, Charles; Greenwood, Melinda; Chin, Lijin</p> <p>2012-10-01</p> <p>Three <span class="hlt">species</span> of Nepenthes pitcher plants (Nepenthes rajah, Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes macrophylla) specialize in harvesting nutrients from <span class="hlt">tree</span> shrew excreta in their pitchers. In all three <span class="hlt">species</span>, nectaries on the underside of the pitcher lid are the focus of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> shrews' attention. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> shrews are dichromats, with visual sensitivity in the blue and green wavebands. All three Nepenthes <span class="hlt">species</span> were shown to produce visual signals, in which the underside of the pitcher lid (the area of highest nectar production) stood out in high contrast to the adjacent area on the pitcher (i.e., was brighter), in the blue and green wavebands visible to the <span class="hlt">tree</span> shrews. N. rajah showed the tightest degree of "tuning," notably in the green waveband. Conversely, pitchers of Nepenthes burbidgeae, a typical insectivorous <span class="hlt">species</span> sympatric with N. rajah, did not produce a color pattern tuned to <span class="hlt">tree</span> shrew sensitivity maxima. PMID:22902686</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ISPAr.XL3..473F','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ISPAr.XL3..473F"><span id="translatedtitle">On the Use of Shortwave Infrared for <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Discrimination in Tropical Semideciduous Forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Ferreira, M. P.; Zortea, M.; Zanotta, D. C.; Féret, J. B.; Shimabukuro, Y. E.; Souza Filho, C. R.</p> <p>2015-08-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping in tropical forests provides valuable insights for forest managers. Keystone <span class="hlt">species</span> can be located for collection of seeds for forest restoration, reducing fieldwork costs. However, mapping of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in tropical forests using remote sensing data is a challenge due to high floristic and spectral diversity. Little is known about the use of different spectral regions as most of studies performed so far used visible/near-infrared (390-1000 nm) features. In this paper we show the contribution of shortwave infrared (SWIR, 1045-2395 nm) for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> discrimination in a tropical semideciduous forest. Using high-resolution hyperspectral data we also simulated WorldView-3 (WV-3) multispectral bands for classification purposes. Three machine learning methods were tested to discriminate <span class="hlt">species</span> at the pixel-level: Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA), Support Vector Machines with Linear (L-SVM) and Radial Basis Function (RBF-SVM) kernels, and Random Forest (RF). Experiments were performed using all and selected features from the VNIR individually and combined with SWIR. Feature selection was applied to evaluate the effects of dimensionality reduction and identify potential wavelengths that may optimize <span class="hlt">species</span> discrimination. Using VNIR hyperspectral bands, RBF-SVM achieved the highest average accuracy (77.4%). Inclusion of the SWIR increased accuracy to 85% with LDA. The same pattern was also observed when WV-3 simulated channels were used to classify the <span class="hlt">species</span>. The VNIR bands provided and accuracy of 64.2% for LDA, which was increased to 79.8 % using the new SWIR bands that are operationally available in this platform. Results show that incorporating SWIR bands increased significantly average accuracy for both the hyperspectral data and WorldView-3 simulated bands.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AGUFM.B43C0452B','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AGUFM.B43C0452B"><span id="translatedtitle">Sap Flux Scaled Transpiration in Ring-porous <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>: Assumptions, Pitfalls and Calibration</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Bush, S. E.; Hultine, K. R.; Ehleringer, J. R.</p> <p>2008-12-01</p> <p>Thermal dissipation probes for measuring sap flow (Granier-type) at the whole <span class="hlt">tree</span> and stand level are routinely used in forest ecology and site water balance studies. While the original empirical relationship used to calculate sap flow was reported as independent of wood anatomy (ring-porous, diffuse-porous, tracheid), it has been suggested that potentially large errors in sap flow calculations may occur when using the original calibration for ring-porous <span class="hlt">species</span>, due to large radial trends in sap velocity and/or shallow sapwood depth. Despite these concerns, sap flux measurements have rarely been calibrated in ring-porous taxa. We used a simple technique to calibrate thermal dissipation sap flux measurements on ring-porous <span class="hlt">trees</span> in the lab. Calibration measurements were conducted on five ring-porous <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Salt Lake City, USA metropolitan area including Quercus gambelii (Gambel oak), Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey locust), Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive), Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda), and Celtis occidentalis (Common hackberry). Six stems per <span class="hlt">species</span> of approximately 1 m in length were instrumented with heat dissipation probes to measure sap flux concurrently with gravimetric measurements of water flow through each stem. Safranin dye was pulled through the stems following flow rate measurements to determine sapwood area. As expected, nearly all the conducting sapwood area was limited to regions within the current year growth rings. Consequently, we found that the original Granier equation underestimated sap flux density for all <span class="hlt">species</span> considered. Our results indicate that the use of thermal dissipation probes for measuring sap flow in ring-porous <span class="hlt">species</span> should be independently calibrated, particularly when <span class="hlt">species</span>- specific calibration data are not available. Ring-porous taxa are widely distributed and represent an important component of the regional water budgets of many temperate regions. Our results are important for evaluating plant water use of ring-porous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with thermal dissipation probes at multiple spatial scales.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15092455','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15092455"><span id="translatedtitle">Effect of chlorine pollution on three fruit <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at Ranoli near Baroda, India.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Vijayan, R; Bedi, S J</p> <p>1989-01-01</p> <p>This paper describes the effect of chlorine pollution from an alkalies and chemical plant at Ranoli, near Baroda, on three tropical fruit <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>-Mangifera indica L. (mango) Manilkara hexandra Dubard. (rayan) and Syzygium cumini Skeels (Jamun). As compared to controls growing in a less polluted area, <span class="hlt">trees</span> growing close to the plant showed reduced mean leaf area, a higher percentage of leaf area damaged, a reduction in fruit yield, chlorophyll pigments, protein and carbohydrate content, and higher accumulation of chloride in the foliar tissues. The accumulation of pollutaant, chloride, in the foliar tissues was very high in mango and jamun. Based on the degree of damage to the plants, the <span class="hlt">species</span> studied were arranged in decreasing order of their sensitivity to chlorine pollution-mango, jamun and rayan. PMID:15092455</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23416882','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23416882"><span id="translatedtitle">Analyzing lead absorption by the sycamore <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the industrial park of Rasht, Iran.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hashemi, Seyed Armin; FallahChay, Mir Mozaffar; Tarighi, Fattaneh</p> <p>2015-07-01</p> <p>In this study, the subject of heavy metal concentration in soil, rock, sediment, surface water and groundwater, which can be caused by natural or man-posed pollution, was analyzed in the industrial park of Rasht. These concentrations were compared with the standard range of environmental data. Heavy metals are important environmental pollutants that can cause health hazards to humans, plants and microorganisms by entering food chain. This study aimed to investigate the absorption of lead by the leaves of sycamore <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the industrial park of Rasht. For this purpose, a sample of 32 sycamore <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were randomly selected at a specified time, and the concentration of lead were measured using an atomic absorption device. Results showed that the amount of lead absorption by sycamore leaves is remarkable. The highest amount of lead absorption by sycamore leaves was detected at station 1 (Khazar Steel) and the lowest amount at station 2 (control station). PMID:23416882</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10562404','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10562404"><span id="translatedtitle">Foliar temperature-respiration response functions for broad-leaved <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the southern Appalachians.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Bolstad; Mitchell; Vose</p> <p>1999-11-01</p> <p>We measured leaf respiration in 18 eastern deciduous forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to determine if there were differences in temperature-respiration response functions among <span class="hlt">species</span> or among canopy positions. Leaf respiration rates were measured in situ and on detached branches for Acer pensylvanicum L., A. rubrum L., Betula spp. (B. alleghaniensis Britt. and B. lenta L.), Carya glabra (Mill.) Sweet, Cornus florida L., Fraxinus spp. (primarily F. americana L.), Liriodendron tulipifera L., Magnolia fraseri Walt., Nyssa sylvatica Marsh., Oxydendrum arboreum L., Platanus occidentalis L., Quercus alba L., Q. coccinea Muenchh., Q. prinus L., Q. rubra L., Rhododendron maximum L., Robinia psuedoacacia L., and Tilia americana L. in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Dark respiration was measured on fully expanded leaves at 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 degrees C with an infrared gas analyzer equipped with a temperature-controlled cuvette. Temperature-respiration response functions were fit for each leaf. There were significant differences in response functions among <span class="hlt">species</span> and by canopy position within <span class="hlt">species</span>. These differences were observed when respiration was expressed on a mass, nitrogen, or area basis. Cumulative nighttime leaf respiration was calculated and averaged over ten randomly selected nights for each leaf. Differences in mean cumulative nighttime respiration were statistically significant among canopy positions and <span class="hlt">species</span>. We conclude that effects of canopy position and <span class="hlt">species</span> on temperature-respiration response functions may need to be considered when making estimates of whole-<span class="hlt">tree</span> or canopy respiration. 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Trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) and paper birch (Betula papyrifera) were grown at the Aspen FACE research site in northern Wisconsin, USA, under four combinations of ambient and elevated CO(2) and O(3). We measured the effects of elevated CO(2) and O(3) on aspen and birch phytochemistry and on gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) and forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) performance. Elevated CO(2) nominally affected foliar quality for both <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Elevated O(3) negatively affected aspen foliar quality, but only marginally influenced birch foliar quality. Elevated CO(2) slightly improved herbivore performance, while elevated O(3) decreased herbivore performance, and both responses were stronger on aspen than birch. Interestingly, elevated CO(2) largely offset decreased herbivore performance under elevated O(3). Nitrogen, lignin, and C:N were identified as having strong influences on herbivore performance when larvae were fed aspen, but no significant relationships were observed for insects fed birch. Our results support the notion that herbivore performance can be affected by atmospheric change through altered foliar quality, but how herbivores will respond will depend on interactions among CO(2), O(3), and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. An emergent finding from this study is that <span class="hlt">tree</span> age and longevity of exposure to pollutants may influence the effects of elevated CO(2) and O(3) on plant-herbivore interactions, highlighting the need to continue long-term atmospheric change research. PMID:21971584</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24669730','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24669730"><span id="translatedtitle">Integrated assessment of the direct and indirect effects of resource gradients on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> recruitment.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ibáñez, Inés; McCarthy-Neumann, Sarah</p> <p>2014-02-01</p> <p>Understanding the dynamics of <span class="hlt">tree</span> establishment is critical to assess forests' composition, management practices, and current responses to global change. We carried out a field seedling transplant experiment to assess not only the direct effects of resources influencing recruitment of four <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, but also their indirect and combined effects. Our analysis integrated first growing season demographic data together with estimates of mycorrhizal fungal colonization and resource availability (light, soil moisture, and soil nitrogen). Only by considering both the direct and indirect effects of resources we were able to account for most of the variability observed during seedling recruitment. Contrary to expectations, increasing light levels were not always beneficial for recruitment even in low light habitats, and soil moisture availability benefited seedling growth but not survival. In addition, mycorrhizal fungal colonization was not always favored by high light levels or by increasing soil moisture. Seedling survival for all <span class="hlt">species</span> was lower in plots with higher arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, while the association with ectomycorrhizal fungi varied from beneficial to detrimental. When integrating the direct, indirect, and interactive effects of resource availability and mycorrhizal fungal colonization on <span class="hlt">tree</span> recruitment dynamics we found that <span class="hlt">species</span> responded in a nonlinear fashion to increasing resource levels, and we also identified thresholds, i.e., shifts in the direction of the response, along the resource gradient. Our integrated assessment considerably outperformed a null model where only direct effects of resources were accounted for. These results illustrate how the combination of direct, indirect, and combined effects of driving variables better represents the complexity of the processes determining <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> recruitment than simple resource availability mechanisms. PMID:24669730</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4324066','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4324066"><span id="translatedtitle">Do ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular mycorrhizal temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> systematically differ in root order-related fine root morphology and biomass?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Kubisch, Petra; Hertel, Dietrich; Leuschner, Christoph</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>While most temperate broad-leaved <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> form ectomycorrhizal (EM) symbioses, a few <span class="hlt">species</span> have arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM). It is not known whether EM and AM <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> differ systematically with respect to fine root morphology, fine root system size and root functioning. In a <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich temperate mixed forest, we studied the fine root morphology and biomass of three EM and three AM <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from the genera Acer, Carpinus, Fagus, Fraxinus, and Tilia searching for principal differences between EM and AM <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We further assessed the evidence of convergence or divergence in root traits among the six co-occurring <span class="hlt">species</span>. Eight fine root morphological and chemical traits were investigated in root segments of the first to fourth root order in three different soil depths and the relative importance of the factors root order, <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and soil depth for root morphology was determined. Root order was more influential than <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> while soil depth had only a small effect on root morphology All six <span class="hlt">species</span> showed similar decreases in specific root length and specific root area from the 1st to the 4th root order, while the <span class="hlt">species</span> patterns differed considerably in root tissue density, root N concentration, and particularly with respect to root tip abundance. Most root morphological traits were not significantly different between EM and AM <span class="hlt">species</span> (except for specific root area that was larger in AM <span class="hlt">species</span>), indicating that mycorrhiza type is not a key factor influencing fine root morphology in these <span class="hlt">species</span>. The order-based root analysis detected <span class="hlt">species</span> differences more clearly than the simple analysis of bulked fine root mass. Despite convergence in important root traits among AM and EM <span class="hlt">species</span>, even congeneric <span class="hlt">species</span> may differ in certain fine root morphological traits. This suggests that, in general, <span class="hlt">species</span> identity has a larger influence on fine root morphology than mycorrhiza type. PMID:25717334</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25204074','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25204074"><span id="translatedtitle">Effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and wood particle size on the properties of cement-bonded particleboard manufacturing from <span class="hlt">tree</span> prunings.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Nasser, Ramadan A; Al-Mefarrej, H A; Abdel-Aal, M A; Alshahrani, T S</p> <p>2014-09-01</p> <p>This study investigated the possibility of using the prunings of six locally grown <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Saudi Arabia for cement-bonded particleboard (CBP) production. Panels were made using four different wood particle sizes and a constant wood/cement ratio (1/3 by weight) and target density (1200 kg/m3). The mechanical properties and dimensional stability of the produced panels were determined. The interfacial area and distribution of the wood particles in cement matrix were also investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The results revealed that the panels produced from these pruning materials at a target density of 1200 kg m(-3) meet the strength and dimensional stability requirements of the commercial CBP panels. The mean moduli of rupture and elasticity (MOR and MOE) ranged from 9.68 to 11.78 N mm2 and from 3952 to 5667 N mm2, respectively. The mean percent water absorption for twenty four hours (WA24) ranged from 12.93% to 23.39%. Thickness swelling values ranged from 0.62% to 1.53%. For CBP panels with high mechanical properties and good dimensional stability, mixed-size or coarse particles should be used. Using the <span class="hlt">tree</span> prunings for CBPs production may help to solve the problem of getting rid of these residues by reducing their negative effects on environment, which are caused by poor disposal of such materials through direct combustion process and appearance of black cloud and then the impact on human health or the random accumulation and its indirect effects on the environment. PMID:25204074</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3532498','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3532498"><span id="translatedtitle">Structural and Chemical Characterization of Hardwood from <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> with Applications as Bioenergy Feedstocks</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Çetinkol, Özgül Persil; Smith-Moritz, Andreia M.; Cheng, Gang; Lao, Jeemeng; George, Anthe; Hong, Kunlun; Henry, Robert; Simmons, Blake A.; Heazlewood, Joshua L.; Holmes, Bradley M.</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Eucalypt <span class="hlt">species</span> are a group of flowering <span class="hlt">trees</span> widely used in pulp production for paper manufacture. For several decades, the wood pulp industry has focused research and development efforts on improving yields, growth rates and pulp quality through breeding and the genetic improvement of key <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Recently, this focus has shifted from the production of high quality pulps to the investigation of the use of eucalypts as feedstocks for biofuel production. Here the structure and chemical composition of the heartwood and sapwood of Eucalyptus dunnii, E. globulus, E. pillularis, E. urophylla, an E. urophylla-E. grandis cross, Corymbia citriodora ssp. variegata, and Acacia mangium were compared using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and biochemical composition analysis. Some trends relating to these compositions were also identified by Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy. These results will serve as a foundation for a more comprehensive database of wood properties that will help develop criteria for the selection of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for use as biorefinery feedstocks. PMID:23300786</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012EGUGA..1410046C','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012EGUGA..1410046C"><span id="translatedtitle">Chemical composition and fuel wood characteristics of fast growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in India</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Chauhan, S. K.; Soni, R.</p> <p>2012-04-01</p> <p>India is one of the growing economy in the world and energy is a critical input to sustain the growth of development. Country aims at security and efficiency of energy. Though fossil fuel will continue to play a dominant role in energy scenario but country is committed to global environmental well being thus stressing on environment friendly technologies. Concerns of energy security in this changing climatic situation have led to increasing support for the development of new renewable source of energy. Government though is determined to facilitate bio-energy and many projects have been established but initial after-affects more specifically on the domestic fuelwood are evident. Even the biomass power generating units are facing biomass crisis and accordingly the prices are going up. The CDM projects are supporting the viability of these units resultantly the Indian basket has a large number of biomass projects (144 out of total 506 with 28 per cent CERs). The use for fuelwood as a primary source of energy for domestic purpose by the poor people (approx. 80 per cent) and establishment of bio-energy plants may lead to deforestation to a great extent and only solution to this dilemma is to shift the wood harvest from the natural forests to energy plantations. However, there is conspicuous lack of knowledge with regards to the fuelwood characteristics of fast growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for their selection for energy plantations. The calorific value of the <span class="hlt">species</span> is important criteria for selection for fuel but it is affected by the proportions of biochemical constituents present in them. The aim of the present work was to study the biomass production, calorific value and chemical composition of different short rotation <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The study was done from the perspective of using the fast growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for energy production at short rotation and the study concluded that short rotation <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> like Gmelina arborea, Eucalyptus tereticornis, Pongamia pinnata,Terminalia arjuna, Toona ciliate, etc. have better fuelwood properties and can be considered for inclusion in the energy plantation programme to minimize pressure on the traditional forests. Key words: Short rotation <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, bio-energy, calorific value, bio-chemicals</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24027913','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24027913"><span id="translatedtitle">Identification of endangered or threatened Costa Rican <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> by wood anatomy and fluorescence activity.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Moya, Róger; Wiemann, Michael C; Olivares, Carlos</p> <p>2013-09-01</p> <p>A total of 45 native Costa Rican <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are threatened or in danger of extinction, but the Convention on International Trade Endangered <span class="hlt">Species</span> (CITES) includes only eight of these in its Appendices. However, the identification of other <span class="hlt">species</span> based on their wood anatomy is limited. The present study objective was to describe and to compare wood anatomy and fluorescence activity in some endangered or threatened <span class="hlt">species</span> of Costa Rica. A total of 45 (22 endangered and 23 threatened with extinction) wood samples of these <span class="hlt">species</span>, from the xylaria of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, were examined. Surface fluorescence was positive in eight <span class="hlt">species</span>, water extract fluorescence was positive in six <span class="hlt">species</span> and ethanol extract fluorescence was positive in 24 <span class="hlt">species</span>. Almost all <span class="hlt">species</span> were diffuse porous except for occasional (Cedrela odorata, C. fissilis, Cordia gerascanthus) or regular (C. salvadorensis and C. tonduzii) semi-ring porosity. A dendritic vessel arrangement was found in Sideroxylon capari, and pores were solitary in Guaiacum sanctum and Vantanea barbourii. Vessel element length was shortest in Guaiacum sanctum and longest in Humiriastrum guianensis, Minquartia guianensis and Vantanea barbourii. Finally, anatomical information and fluorescence activity were utilized to construct an identification key of <span class="hlt">species</span>, in which fluorescence is a feature used in identification. PMID:24027913</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16137941','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16137941"><span id="translatedtitle">Interspecific variation in xylem vulnerability to cavitation among tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> and shrub <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Lopez, Omar R; Kursar, Thomas A; Cochard, Hervé; Tyree, Melvin T</p> <p>2005-12-01</p> <p>In tropical moist forests, seasonal drought limits plant survival, productivity and diversity. Drought-tolerance mechanisms of tropical <span class="hlt">species</span> should reflect the maximum seasonal water deficits experienced in a particular habitat. We investigated stem xylem vulnerability to cavitation in nine tropical <span class="hlt">species</span> with different life histories and habitat associations. Stem xylem vulnerability was scored as the xylem water potential causing 50 and 75% loss of hydraulic conductivity (P50 and P75, respectively). Four shade-tolerant shrubs ranged from moderately resistant (P50=-1.9 MPa for Ouratea lucens Kunth. Engl.) to highly resistant to cavitation (P50=-4.1 MPa for Psychotria horizontalis Sw.), with shallow-rooted <span class="hlt">species</span> being the most resistant. Among the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, those characteristic of waterlogged soils, Carapa guianensis Aubl., Prioria copaifera Griseb. and Ficus citrifolia Mill., were the most vulnerable to cavitation (P50=-0.8 to -1.6 MPa). The wet-season, deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span>, Cordia alliodora (Ruiz and Pav.) Oken., had resistant xylem (P50=-3.2 MPa), whereas the dry-season, deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span>, Bursera simaruba (L.) Sarg. was among the most vulnerable to cavitation (P50=-0.8 MPa) of the <span class="hlt">species</span> studied. For eight out of the nine study <span class="hlt">species</span>, previously reported minimum seasonal leaf water potentials measured in the field during periods of drought correlated with our P50 and P75 values. Rooting depth, deciduousness, soil type and growth habit might also contribute to desiccation tolerance. Our results support the functional dependence of drought tolerance on xylem resistance to cavitation. PMID:16137941</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4383566','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4383566"><span id="translatedtitle">The Effects of Drought and Shade on the Performance, Morphology and Physiology of Ghanaian <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Amissah, Lucy; Mohren, Godefridus M. J.; Kyereh, Boateng; Poorter, Lourens</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>In tropical forests light and water availability are the most important factors for seedling growth and survival but an increasing frequency of drought may affect <span class="hlt">tree</span> regeneration. One central question is whether drought and shade have interactive effects on seedling growth and survival. Here, we present results of a greenhouse experiment, in which seedlings of 10 Ghanaian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> were exposed to combinations of strong seasonal drought (continuous watering versus withholding water for nine weeks) and shade (5% irradiance versus 20% irradiance). We evaluated the effects of drought and shade on seedling survival and growth and plasticity of 11 underlying traits related to biomass allocation, morphology and physiology. Seedling survival under dry conditions was higher in shade than in high light, thus providing support for the “facilitation hypothesis” that shade enhances plant performance through improved microclimatic conditions, and rejecting the trade-off hypothesis that drought should have stronger impact in shade because of reduced root investment. Shaded plants had low biomass fraction in roots, in line with the trade-off hypothesis, but they compensated for this with a higher specific root length (i.e., root length per unit root mass), resulting in a similar root length per plant mass and, hence, similar water uptake capacity as high-light plants. The majority (60%) of traits studied responded independently to drought and shade, indicating that within <span class="hlt">species</span> shade- and drought tolerances are not in trade-off, but largely uncoupled. When individual <span class="hlt">species</span> responses were analysed, then for most of the traits only one to three <span class="hlt">species</span> showed significant interactive effects between drought and shade. The uncoupled response of most <span class="hlt">species</span> to drought and shade should provide ample opportunity for niche differentiation and <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence under a range of water and light conditions. Overall our greenhouse results suggest that, in the absence of root competition shaded tropical forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> seedlings may be able to survive prolonged drought. PMID:25836337</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1964803','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1964803"><span id="translatedtitle">Crown Plasticity and Competition for Canopy Space: A New Spatially Implicit Model Parameterized for 250 North American <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Purves, Drew W.; Lichstein, Jeremy W.; Pacala, Stephen W.</p> <p>2007-01-01</p> <p>Background Canopy structure, which can be defined as the sum of the sizes, shapes and relative placements of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> crowns in a forest stand, is central to all aspects of forest ecology. But there is no accepted method for deriving canopy structure from the sizes, <span class="hlt">species</span> and biomechanical properties of the individual <span class="hlt">trees</span> in a stand. Any such method must capture the fact that <span class="hlt">trees</span> are highly plastic in their growth, forming tessellating crown shapes that fill all or most of the canopy space. Methodology/Principal Findings We introduce a new, simple and rapidly-implemented model–the Ideal <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Distribution, ITD–with <span class="hlt">tree</span> form (height allometry and crown shape), growth plasticity, and space-filling, at its core. The ITD predicts the canopy status (in or out of canopy), crown depth, and total and exposed crown area of the <span class="hlt">trees</span> in a stand, given their <span class="hlt">species</span>, sizes and potential crown shapes. We use maximum likelihood methods, in conjunction with data from over 100,000 <span class="hlt">trees</span> taken from forests across the coterminous US, to estimate ITD model parameters for 250 North American <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. With only two free parameters per species–one aggregate parameter to describe crown shape, and one parameter to set the so-called depth bias–the model captures between-<span class="hlt">species</span> patterns in average canopy status, crown radius, and crown depth, and within-<span class="hlt">species</span> means of these metrics vs stem diameter. The model also predicts much of the variation in these metrics for a <span class="hlt">tree</span> of a given <span class="hlt">species</span> and size, resulting solely from deterministic responses to variation in stand structure. Conclusions/Significance This new model, with parameters for US <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, opens up new possibilities for understanding and modeling forest dynamics at local and regional scales, and may provide a new way to interpret remote sensing data of forest canopies, including LIDAR and aerial photography. PMID:17849000</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AGUFM.B31G0384N','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AGUFM.B31G0384N"><span id="translatedtitle">Detecting CO2 Fertilization in <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Ring Records: Evidence from Natural Populations of Boreal Forest <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Nelson, E. A.; Thomas, S. C.</p> <p>2008-12-01</p> <p>Global increases of atmospheric CO2 concentration are predicted to enhance <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth, particularly where water limitation is important, but evidence of CO2 fertilization in Canada's forests is limited. This study examined the effect of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring increments in south-east Yukon, west-central Manitoba and northern Ontario, sampling the dominant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at each site: lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), white spruce (Picea glauca) and black spruce (Picea mariana), respectively. Over 50 <span class="hlt">tree</span> cores from each site were sampled, analysed for ring-width, cross- dated and averaged, generating a ~100 y chronology for each population. We examined the residuals following a regression with climate variables for a positive trend over time, which has been interpreted in prior studies as evidence for a CO2 fertilization effect. We were only able to detect an increase in ring width residuals over time in the Manitoba white spruce population, which were located at the most water-limited site. We did further analyses to see whether CO2 fertilization was stronger or more detectable in younger <span class="hlt">trees</span> or more water-limited years. Although we were unable to find any evidence that drier years experienced increases in relative growth as a result of increased CO2 availability, we did find stronger CO2 responses in younger <span class="hlt">trees</span>. In conclusion, forest populations that are water-limited or young in age are more likely to benefit from global increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration, and are better able to contribute to overall boreal forest carbon sequestration.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3040169','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3040169"><span id="translatedtitle">The Influence of Recent Climate Change on <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Height Growth Differs with <span class="hlt">Species</span> and Spatial Environment</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Messaoud, Yassine; Chen, Han Y. H.</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Tree</span> growth has been reported to increase in response to recent global climate change in controlled and semi-controlled experiments, but few studies have reported response of <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth to increased temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in natural environments. This study addresses how recent global climate change has affected height growth of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx) and black spruce (Picea mariana Mill B.S.) in their natural environments. We sampled 145 stands dominated by aspen and 82 dominated by spruce over the entire range of their distributions in British Columbia, Canada. These stands were established naturally after fire between the 19th and 20th centuries. Height growth was quantified as total heights of sampled dominant and co-dominant <span class="hlt">trees</span> at breast-height age of 50 years. We assessed the relationships between 50-year height growth and environmental factors at both spatial and temporal scales. We also tested whether the <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth associated with global climate change differed with spatial environment (latitude, longitude and elevation). As expected, height growth of both <span class="hlt">species</span> was positively related to temperature variables at the regional scale and with soil moisture and nutrient availability at the local scale. While height growth of trembling aspen was not significantly related to any of the temporal variables we examined, that of black spruce increased significantly with stand establishment date, the anomaly of the average maximum summer temperature between May-August, and atmospheric CO2 concentration, but not with the Palmer Drought Severity Index. Furthermore, the increase of spruce height growth associated with recent climate change was higher in the western than in eastern part of British Columbia. This study demonstrates that the response of height growth to recent climate change, i.e., increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration, did not only differ with <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, but also their growing spatial environment. PMID:21358817</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25424149','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25424149"><span id="translatedtitle">Heterogeneity in soil water and light environments and dispersal limitation: what facilitates <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence in a temperate forest?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Masaki, T; Hata, S; Ide, Y</p> <p>2015-03-01</p> <p>In the present study, we analysed the habitat association of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in an old-growth temperate forest across all life stages to test theories on the coexistence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in forest communities. An inventory for <span class="hlt">trees</span> was implemented at a 6-ha plot in Ogawa Forest Reserve for adults, juveniles, saplings and seedlings. Volumetric soil water content (SMC) and light levels were measured in 10-m grids. Relationships between the actual number of stems and environmental variables were determined for 35 major <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, and the spatial correlations within and among <span class="hlt">species</span> were analysed. The light level had no statistically significant effect on distribution of saplings and seedlings of any <span class="hlt">species</span>. In contrast, most <span class="hlt">species</span> had specific optimal values along the SMC gradient. The optimal values were almost identical in earlier life stages, but were more variable in later life stages among <span class="hlt">species</span>. However, no effective niche partitioning among the <span class="hlt">species</span> was apparent even at the adult stage. Furthermore, results of spatial analyses suggest that dispersal limitation was not sufficient to mitigate competition between <span class="hlt">species</span>. This might result from well-scattered seed distribution via wind and bird dispersal, as well as conspecific density-dependent mortality of seeds and seedlings. Thus, both niche partitioning and dispersal limitation appeared less important for facilitating coexistence of <span class="hlt">species</span> within this forest than expected in tropical forests. The <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assembly in this temperate forest might be controlled through a neutral process at the spatial scale tested in this study. PMID:25424149</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005AGUSMNB22F..03S','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005AGUSMNB22F..03S"><span id="translatedtitle">The Role of Native <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> on Leaf Breakdown Dynamics of the Invasive <span class="hlt">Tree</span> of Heaven ( Ailanthus altissima) in an Urban Stream</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Swan, C.; Healey, B.</p> <p>2005-05-01</p> <p>Anthropogenic disturbance of ecosystem processes is increasingly being explored in urban settings. One profound impact is the striking increase in the distribution of invasive plant <span class="hlt">species</span>. For example, <span class="hlt">Tree</span> of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima, TOH), introduced into the U.S. from Asia in 1784, is a successful colonist of recently deforested habitats. As a result, remnant patches in urban ecosystems have become overrun with this <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, excluding native <span class="hlt">species</span> via fast growth and allelopathy. While suffering from human-induced degradation, urban streams still support food webs that function to process riparian-derived organic matter (e.g., leaves, wood). The purpose of this study was to (1) estimate leaf litter breakdown of native <span class="hlt">tree</span> leaves and those of TOH in an urban stream, (2) study the detritivore feeding rate of the same leaf <span class="hlt">species</span>, and (3) determine if increasing native <span class="hlt">species</span> richness of leaf litter can alter breakdown of TOH leaves. Field manipulations of leaf pack composition were done in a highly urbanized stream (>30% upstream urban land use) in Baltimore County, Maryland, USA. This was complimented by a series of laboratory feeding experiments employing similar leaf treatments and local shredding invertebrate taxa. Breakdown of TOH alone was extremely rapid, significantly exceeding that of all native <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> employed. Furthermore, mixing TOH with native <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, red maple and white oak, substantially reduced TOH decay compared to decay of TOH alone. However, supporting laboratory studies showed that TOH was a preferred resource by shredding invertebrates over all native <span class="hlt">species</span>. Subsequent analysis of the structural integrity of all leaf <span class="hlt">species</span> revealed that TOH was the least resistant to force, possibly explaining the counterintuitive decrease of TOH decay in mixtures. We interpret this as meaning the stream invertebrates, while preferring to consume TOH, appeared not to influence TOH decay in mixtures with native <span class="hlt">species</span>. Instead, the relatively tougher nature of native <span class="hlt">species</span> appeared to slow TOH breakdown by armoring the invasive from the highly-variable flow regime characteristic of urban streams. Therefore, the presence of native <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in urban riparian zones may be critical to how invasive <span class="hlt">trees</span>, like TOH, could alter carbon flux in urban streams.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20140016963','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/20140016963"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> Cargo Transfer Bag</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Broyan, James; Baccus, Shelley</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>The Logistics Reduction (LR) project within the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program is tasked with reducing logistical mass and repurposing logistical items. <span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> Cargo Transfer Bags (MCTB) have been designed such that they can serve the same purpose as a Cargo Transfer Bag, the suitcase-shaped common logistics carrying bag for Shuttle and the International Space Station. After use as a cargo carrier, a regular CTB becomes trash, whereas the MCTB can be unzipped, unsnapped, and unfolded to be reused. Reuse ideas that have been investigated include partitions, crew quarters, solar radiation storm shelters, acoustic blankets, and forward osmosis water processing.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3612601','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3612601"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span> distributions in response to individual soil nutrients and seasonal drought across a community of tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Condit, Richard; Engelbrecht, Bettina M. J.; Pino, Delicia; Pérez, Rolando; Turner, Benjamin L.</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Tropical forest vegetation is shaped by climate and by soil, but understanding how the distributions of individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> respond to specific resources has been hindered by high diversity and consequent rarity. To study <span class="hlt">species</span> over an entire community, we surveyed <span class="hlt">trees</span> and measured soil chemistry across climatic and geological gradients in central Panama and then used a unique hierarchical model of <span class="hlt">species</span> occurrence as a function of rainfall and soil chemistry to circumvent analytical difficulties posed by rare <span class="hlt">species</span>. The results are a quantitative assessment of the responses of 550 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to eight environmental factors, providing a measure of the importance of each factor across the entire <span class="hlt">tree</span> community. Dry-season intensity and soil phosphorus were the strongest predictors, each affecting the distribution of more than half of the <span class="hlt">species</span>. Although we anticipated clear-cut responses to dry-season intensity, the finding that many <span class="hlt">species</span> have pronounced associations with either high or low phosphorus reveals a previously unquantified role for this nutrient in limiting tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> distributions. The results provide the data necessary for understanding distributional limits of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and predicting future changes in forest composition. PMID:23440213</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4686666','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4686666"><span id="translatedtitle">The effect of soil-borne pathogens depends on the abundance of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Liu, Yu; Fang, Suqin; Chesson, Peter; He, Fangliang</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The overarching issue for understanding biodiversity maintenance is how fitness advantages accrue to a <span class="hlt">species</span> as it becomes rare, as this is the defining feature of stable coexistence mechanisms. Without these fitness advantages, average fitness differences between <span class="hlt">species</span> will lead to exclusion. However, empirical evidence is lacking, especially for forests, due to the difficulty of manipulating density on a large-enough scale. Here we took advantage of naturally occurring contrasts in abundance between sites of a subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Ormosia glaberrima, to demonstrate how low-density fitness advantages accrue by the Janzen–Connell mechanism. The results showed that soil pathogens suppressed seedling recruitment of O. glaberrima when it is abundant but had little effect on the seedlings when it is at low density due to the lack of pathogens. The difference in seedling survival between abundant and low-density sites demonstrates strong dependence of pathogenic effect on the abundance of host <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26632594</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26632594','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26632594"><span id="translatedtitle">The effect of soil-borne pathogens depends on the abundance of host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Liu, Yu; Fang, Suqin; Chesson, Peter; He, Fangliang</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The overarching issue for understanding biodiversity maintenance is how fitness advantages accrue to a <span class="hlt">species</span> as it becomes rare, as this is the defining feature of stable coexistence mechanisms. Without these fitness advantages, average fitness differences between <span class="hlt">species</span> will lead to exclusion. However, empirical evidence is lacking, especially for forests, due to the difficulty of manipulating density on a large-enough scale. Here we took advantage of naturally occurring contrasts in abundance between sites of a subtropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Ormosia glaberrima, to demonstrate how low-density fitness advantages accrue by the Janzen-Connell mechanism. The results showed that soil pathogens suppressed seedling recruitment of O. glaberrima when it is abundant but had little effect on the seedlings when it is at low density due to the lack of pathogens. The difference in seedling survival between abundant and low-density sites demonstrates strong dependence of pathogenic effect on the abundance of host <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26632594</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70033546','USGSPUBS'); return false;" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70033546"><span id="translatedtitle">The effects of flooding and sedimentation on seed germination of two bottomland hardwood <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/index.jsp?view=adv">USGS Publications Warehouse</a></p> <p>Pierce, A.R.; King, S.L.</p> <p>2007-01-01</p> <p>Flooding and sedimentation are two of the dominant disturbances that influence <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and succession in floodplain forests. The importance of these disturbances may be most notable during the germination and establishment phases of plant succession. Channelization of most alluvial systems in the southeastern United States has caused dramatic and systematic alterations to both hydrologic and sedimentation processes of floodplain systems. We determined the influence of these altered abiotic processes on the germination and growth of two common floodplain <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii Nutt.) and overcup oak (Q. lyrata Walt.). Flood durations of 0 days, 15 days, and 30 days prior to germination was a factor in germination, but the effect varied by <span class="hlt">species</span>. For instance, ovcrcup oak, which has a higher tolerance to flooding than swamp chestnut oak, had higher germination rates in the flooded treatments (15-day x?? = 78% and 30-day x?? = 85%) compared to the non-flooded treatment (x?? = 54%). In contrast, germination rates of swamp chestnut oak were negatively affected by the 30-day flood treatment. Sediment deposition rates of 2 cm of top soil, 2 cm of sand, and 8 cm of sand also affected germination, but were secondary to flood duration. The main effect of the sediment treatment in this experiment was a reduction in above-ground height of seedlings. Our study provides evidence for the importance of both flooding and sedimentation in determining <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition in floodplain systems, and that tolerance levels to such stressors vary by <span class="hlt">species</span>. ?? 2007, The Society of Wetland Scientists.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26153428','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26153428"><span id="translatedtitle">Clonality as a driver of spatial genetic structure in populations of clonal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Dering, Monika; Chybicki, Igor Jerzy; Rączka, Grzegorz</p> <p>2015-09-01</p> <p>Random genetic drift, natural selection and restricted gene dispersal are basic factors of the spatial genetic structure (SGS) in plant populations. Clonal reproduction has a profound effect on population dynamics and genetic structure and thus emerges as a potential factor in contributing to and modelling SGS. In order to assess the impact of clonality on SGS we studied clonal structure and SGS in the population of Populus alba. Six hundred and seventy-two individuals were mapped and genotyped with 16 nuclear microsatellite markers. To answer the more general question regarding the relationship between SGS and clonality we used Sp statistics, which allows for comparisons of the extent of SGS among different studies, and the comparison of published data on SGS in clonal and non-clonal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Sp statistic was extracted for 14 clonal and 27 non-clonal <span class="hlt">species</span> belonging to 7 and 18 botanical families, respectively. Results of genetic investigations conducted in the population of P. alba showed over-domination of clonal reproduction, which resulted in very low clonal diversity (R = 0.12). Significant SGS was found at both ramet (Sp = 0.095) and genet level (Sp = 0.05) and clonal reproduction was indicated as an important but not sole driving factor of SGS. Within-population structure, probably due to family structure also contributed to high SGS. High mean dominance index (D = 0.82) indicated low intermingling among genets. Literature survey revealed that clonal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> significantly differ from non-clonal <span class="hlt">species</span> with respect to SGS, having 2.8-fold higher SGS. This led us to conclude that clonality is a life-history trait that can have deep impact on processes acting in populations of clonal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> leading to significant SGS. 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Leaves were collected from Ailanthus and four native <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from May 13 through August 24, 2008, and spectral reflectance factor measurements were gathered for each <span class="hlt">tree</span> using an ASD (Boulder, Colorado) FieldSpec Pro full-range spectroradiometer. The original data covered the range from 350-2500 nm, with one reflectance measurement collected per one nm wavelength. To reduce dimensionality, the measurements were resampled to the actual resolution of the spectrometer's sensors, and regions of atmospheric absorption were removed. Continuum removal was performed on the reflectance data, resulting in a second dataset. For both the reflectance and continuum removed datasets, least angle regression (LARS) and random forest classification were used to identify a single set of optimal wavelengths across all sampled dates, a set of optimal wavelengths for each date, and the dates for which Ailanthus is most separable from other <span class="hlt">species</span>. It was found that classification accuracy varies both with dates and bands used. Contrary to expectations that early spring would provide the best separability, the lowest classification error was observed on July 22 for the reflectance data, and on May 13, July 11 and August 1 for the continuum removed data. This suggests that July and August are also potentially good months for <span class="hlt">species</span> differentiation. Applying continuum removal in many cases reduced classification error, although not consistently. Band selection seems to be more important for reflectance data in that it results in greater improvement in classification accuracy, and LARS appears to be an effective band selection tool. The optimal spectral bands were selected from across the spectrum, often with bands from the blue (401-431 nm), NIR (1115 nm) and SWIR (1985-1995 nm), suggesting that hyperspectral sensors with broad wavelength sensitivity are important for mapping and identification of Ailanthus.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013AIPC.1571..302N','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013AIPC.1571..302N"><span id="translatedtitle">Community structure, diversity and total biomass of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at Kapur dominated forests in Peninsular Malaysia</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Norafida, N. A. Nik; Nizam, M. S.; Juliana, W. A. Wan</p> <p>2013-11-01</p> <p>A study was conducted to determine the <span class="hlt">species</span> composition, diversity and biomass of Kapur (Dryobalanops aromatica Gaertn.f.) dominated forests in Peninsular Malaysia. Three forests were selected in different geographical zones, namely Bukit Bauk Virgin Jungle Reserve (BBVJR), Terengganu, Lesong Forest Reserve (LFR), Pahang and Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest (GBRF), Johor. Thirty plots of 0.1 ha (50 m × 20 m) were established with a total sampling area of 1.0 ha at each forest site. All <span class="hlt">trees</span> with ≥5 cm diameter at breast height (dbh) were tagged, measured and voucher specimens were collected. Floristic composition in the study plot at BBVJR recorded 55 families, 147 genera and 336 <span class="hlt">species</span>. In LFR, there were 52 families, 138 genera and 288 <span class="hlt">species</span>, whereas in GBRF there were 52 families, 132 genera and 271 <span class="hlt">species</span>. D. aromatica was the most important <span class="hlt">species</span> in all study plots with the Importance Value Index (IVi) of 17.81%, 23.01% and 16.25% in BBVJR, LFR and GBRF, respectively. Similar trend at family level showed the Dipterocarpaceae was the most important family in each of the areas with the family Importance Value Index (FIVi) of 27.95% (BBVJR), 26.09% (LFR) and 27.16% (GBRF). Shannon diversity index (H'f) and Shannon evenness index (J'f) of <span class="hlt">trees</span> at BBVJR was 5.02 and 0.86; LFR was 4.63 and 0.82; and GBRF was 4.82 and 0.86, respectively. Sorensen's community similarity coefficient (CCs) showed that <span class="hlt">tree</span> communities between BBVJR, LFR and GBRF had low similarities with values of 0.3 to 0.4. The highest total biomass estimated was in LFR with a value of 739.44 t/ha, followed by BBVJR at 701.34 t/ha and GBRF at 606.29 t/ha.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26162898','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26162898"><span id="translatedtitle">Environmental correlates for <span class="hlt">tree</span> occurrences, <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution and richness on a high-elevation tropical island.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Birnbaum, Philippe; Ibanez, Thomas; Pouteau, Robin; Vandrot, Hervé; Hequet, Vanessa; Blanchard, Elodie; Jaffré, Tanguy</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>High-elevation tropical islands are ideally suited for examining the factors that determine <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution, given the complex topographies and climatic gradients that create a wide variety of habitats within relatively small areas. New Caledonia, a megadiverse Pacific archipelago, has long focussed the attention of botanists working on the spatial and environmental ranges of specific groups, but few studies have embraced the entire <span class="hlt">tree</span> flora of the archipelago. In this study we analyse the distribution of 702 native <span class="hlt">species</span> of rainforest <span class="hlt">trees</span> of New Caledonia, belonging to 195 genera and 80 families, along elevation and rainfall gradients on ultramafic (UM) and non-ultramafic (non-UM) substrates. We compiled four complementary data sources: (i) herbarium specimens, (ii) plots, (iii) photographs and (iv) observations, totalling 38 936 unique occurrences distributed across the main island. Compiled into a regular 1-min grid (1.852 × 1.852 km), this dataset covered ∼22 % of the island. The studied rainforest <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited high environmental tolerance; 56 % of them were not affiliated to a substrate type and they exhibited wide elevation (average 891 ± 332 m) and rainfall (average 2.2 ± 0.8 m year(-1)) ranges. Conversely their spatial distribution was highly aggregated, which suggests dispersal limitation. The observed <span class="hlt">species</span> richness was driven mainly by the density of occurrences. However, at the highest elevations or rainfalls, and particularly on UM, the observed richness tends to be lower, independently of the sampling effort. The study highlights the imbalance of the dataset in favour of higher values of rainfall and of elevation. Projected onto a map, under-represented areas are a guide as to where future sampling efforts are most required to complete our understanding of rainforest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution. PMID:26162898</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4561634','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4561634"><span id="translatedtitle">Environmental correlates for <span class="hlt">tree</span> occurrences, <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution and richness on a high-elevation tropical island</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Birnbaum, Philippe; Ibanez, Thomas; Pouteau, Robin; Vandrot, Hervé; Hequet, Vanessa; Blanchard, Elodie; Jaffré, Tanguy</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>High-elevation tropical islands are ideally suited for examining the factors that determine <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution, given the complex topographies and climatic gradients that create a wide variety of habitats within relatively small areas. New Caledonia, a megadiverse Pacific archipelago, has long focussed the attention of botanists working on the spatial and environmental ranges of specific groups, but few studies have embraced the entire <span class="hlt">tree</span> flora of the archipelago. In this study we analyse the distribution of 702 native <span class="hlt">species</span> of rainforest <span class="hlt">trees</span> of New Caledonia, belonging to 195 genera and 80 families, along elevation and rainfall gradients on ultramafic (UM) and non-ultramafic (non-UM) substrates. We compiled four complementary data sources: (i) herbarium specimens, (ii) plots, (iii) photographs and (iv) observations, totalling 38 936 unique occurrences distributed across the main island. Compiled into a regular 1-min grid (1.852 × 1.852 km), this dataset covered ∼22 % of the island. The studied rainforest <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited high environmental tolerance; 56 % of them were not affiliated to a substrate type and they exhibited wide elevation (average 891 ± 332 m) and rainfall (average 2.2 ± 0.8 m year−1) ranges. Conversely their spatial distribution was highly aggregated, which suggests dispersal limitation. The observed <span class="hlt">species</span> richness was driven mainly by the density of occurrences. However, at the highest elevations or rainfalls, and particularly on UM, the observed richness tends to be lower, independently of the sampling effort. The study highlights the imbalance of the dataset in favour of higher values of rainfall and of elevation. Projected onto a map, under-represented areas are a guide as to where future sampling efforts are most required to complete our understanding of rainforest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution. PMID:26162898</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2001AGUFM.H31F..05E','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2001AGUFM.H31F..05E"><span id="translatedtitle">Impact of Canopy Coupling on Canopy Average Stomatal Conductance Across Seven <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in Northern Wisconsin</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Ewers, B. E.; Mackay, D. S.; Samanta, S.; Ahl, D. E.; Burrows, S. S.; Gower, S. T.</p> <p>2001-12-01</p> <p>Land use changes over the last century in northern Wisconsin have resulted in a heterogeneous landscape composed of the following four main forest types: northern hardwoods, northern conifer, aspen/fir, and forested wetland. Based on sap flux measurements, aspen/fir has twice the canopy transpiration of northern hardwoods. In addition, daily transpiration was only explained by daily average vapor pressure deficit across the cover types. The objective of this study was to determine if canopy average stomatal conductance could be used to explain the <span class="hlt">species</span> effects on <span class="hlt">tree</span> transpiration. Our first hypothesis is that across all of the <span class="hlt">species</span>, stomatal conductance will respond to vapor pressure deficit so as to maintain a minimum leaf water potential to prevent catostrophic cavitiation. The consequence of this hypothesis is that among <span class="hlt">species</span> and individuals there is a proportionality between high stomatal conductance and the sensitivity of stomatal conductance to vapor pressure deficit. Our second hypothesis is that <span class="hlt">species</span> that do not follow the proportionality deviate because the canopies are decoupled from the atmosphere. To test our two hypotheses we calculated canopy average stomatal conductance from sap flux measurements using an inversion of the Penman-Monteith equation. We estimated the canopy coupling using a leaf energy budget model that requires leaf transpiration and canopy aerodynamic conductance. We optimized the parameters of the aerodynamic conductance model using a Monte Carlo technique across six parameters. We determined the optimal model for each <span class="hlt">species</span> by selecting parameter sets that resulted in the proportionality of our first hypothesis. We then tested the optimal energy budget models of each <span class="hlt">species</span> by comparing leaf temperature and leaf width predicted by the models to measurements of each <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. In red pine, sugar maple, and trembling aspen <span class="hlt">trees</span> under high canopy coupling conditions, we found the hypothesized proportionality between high stomatal conductance and the sensitivity of stomatal conductance to vapor pressure deficit. In addition, the canopy conductance of trembling aspen was twice as high as sugar maple and the aspen <span class="hlt">trees</span> showed much more variability.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18978075','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18978075"><span id="translatedtitle">Effect of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and mycorrhizal colonization on the archaeal population of boreal forest rhizospheres.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Bomberg, Malin; Timonen, Sari</p> <p>2009-01-01</p> <p>Group 1.1c Crenarchaeota are the predominating archaeal group in acidic boreal forest soils. In this study, we show that the detection frequency of 1.1c crenarchaeotal 16S rRNA genes in the rhizospheres of the boreal forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> increased following colonization by the ectomycorrhizal fungus Paxillus involutus. This effect was very clear in the fine roots of Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, and Betula pendula, the most common forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> in Finland. The nonmycorrhizal fine roots had a clearly different composition of archaeal 16S rRNA genes in comparison to the mycorrhizal fine roots. In the phylogenetic analysis, the 1.1c crenarchaeotal 16S rRNA gene sequences obtained from the fine roots formed a well-defined cluster separate from the mycorrhizal ones. Alnus glutinosa differed from the other <span class="hlt">trees</span> by having high diversity and detection levels of Crenarchaeota both on fine roots and on mycorrhizas as well as by harboring a distinct archaeal flora. The similarity of the archaeal populations in rhizospheres of the different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was increased upon colonization by the ectomycorrhizal fungus. A minority of the sequences obtained from the mycorrhizas belonged to Euryarchaeota (order Halobacteriales). PMID:18978075</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18692976','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18692976"><span id="translatedtitle">The All-<span class="hlt">Species</span> Living <span class="hlt">Tree</span> project: a 16S rRNA-based phylogenetic <span class="hlt">tree</span> of all sequenced type strains.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Yarza, Pablo; Richter, Michael; Peplies, Jörg; Euzeby, Jean; Amann, Rudolf; Schleifer, Karl-Heinz; Ludwig, Wolfgang; Glöckner, Frank Oliver; Rosselló-Móra, Ramon</p> <p>2008-09-01</p> <p>The signing authors together with the journal Systematic and Applied Microbiology (SAM) have started an ambitious project that has been conceived to provide a useful tool especially for the scientific microbial taxonomist community. The aim of what we have called "The All-<span class="hlt">Species</span> Living <span class="hlt">Tree</span>" is to reconstruct a single 16S rRNA <span class="hlt">tree</span> harboring all sequenced type strains of the hitherto classified <span class="hlt">species</span> of Archaea and Bacteria. This <span class="hlt">tree</span> is to be regularly updated by adding the <span class="hlt">species</span> with validly published names that appear monthly in the Validation and Notification lists of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. For this purpose, the SAM executive editors, together with the responsible teams of the ARB, SILVA, and LPSN projects (www.arb-home.de, www.arb-silva.de, and www.bacterio.cict.fr, respectively), have prepared a 16S rRNA database containing over 6700 sequences, each of which represents a single type strain of a classified <span class="hlt">species</span> up to 31 December 2007. The selection of sequences had to be undertaken manually due to a high error rate in the names and information fields provided for the publicly deposited entries. In addition, from among the often occurring multiple entries for a single type strain, the best-quality sequence was selected for the project. The living <span class="hlt">tree</span> database that SAM now provides contains corrected entries and the best-quality sequences with a manually checked alignment. The <span class="hlt">tree</span> reconstruction has been performed by using the maximum likelihood algorithm RAxML. The <span class="hlt">tree</span> provided in the first release is a result of the calculation of a single dataset containing 9975 single entries, 6728 corresponding to type strain gene sequences, as well as 3247 additional high-fquality sequences to give robustness to the reconstruction. <span class="hlt">Trees</span> are dynamic structures that change on the basis of the quality and availability of the data used for their calculation. Therefore, the addition of new type strain sequences in further subsequent releases may help to resolve certain branching orders that appear ambiguous in this first release. On the web sites: www.elsevier.de/syapm and www.arb-silva.de/living-<span class="hlt">tree</span>, the All-<span class="hlt">Species</span> Living <span class="hlt">Tree</span> team will release a regularly updated database compatible with the ARB software environment containing the whole 16S rRNA dataset used to reconstruct "The All-<span class="hlt">Species</span> Living <span class="hlt">Tree</span>". As a result, the latest reconstructed phylogeny will be provided. In addition to the ARB file, a readable multi-FASTA universal sequence editor file with the complete alignment will be provided for those not using ARB. There is also a complete set of supplementary tables and figures illustrating the selection procedure and its outcome. It is expected that the All-<span class="hlt">Species</span> Living <span class="hlt">Tree</span> will help to improve future classification efforts by simplifying the selection of the correct type strain sequences. For queries, information updates, remarks on the dataset or <span class="hlt">tree</span> reconstructions shown, a contact email address has been created (living-<span class="hlt">tree</span>@arb-silva.de). This provides an entry point for anyone from the scientific community to provide additional input for the construction and improvement of the first <span class="hlt">tree</span> compiling all sequenced type strains of all prokaryotic <span class="hlt">species</span> for which names had been validly published. PMID:18692976</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4070915','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4070915"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf Phenological Characters of Main <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in Urban Forest of Shenyang</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Xu, Sheng; Xu, Wenduo; Chen, Wei; He, Xingyuan; Huang, Yanqing; Wen, Hua</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Background Plant leaves, as the main photosynthetic organs and the high energy converters among primary producers in terrestrial ecosystems, have attracted significant research attention. Leaf lifespan is an adaptive characteristic formed by plants to obtain the maximum carbon in the long-term adaption process. It determines important functional and structural characteristics exhibited in the environmental adaptation of plants. However, the leaf lifespan and leaf characteristics of urban forests were not studied up to now. Methods By using statistic, linear regression methods and correlation analysis, leaf phenological characters of main <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in urban forest of Shenyang were observed for five years to obtain the leafing phenology (including leafing start time, end time, and duration), defoliating phenology (including defoliation start time, end time, and duration), and the leaf lifespan of the main <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Moreover, the relationships between temperature and leafing phenology, defoliating phenology, and leaf lifespan were analyzed. Findings The timing of leafing differed greatly among <span class="hlt">species</span>. The early leafing <span class="hlt">species</span> would have relatively early end of leafing; the longer it took to the end of leafing would have a later time of completed leafing. The timing of defoliation among different <span class="hlt">species</span> varied significantly, the early defoliation <span class="hlt">species</span> would have relatively longer duration of defoliation. If the mean temperature rise for 1°C in spring, the time of leafing would experience 5 days earlier in spring. If the mean temperature decline for 1°C, the time of defoliation would experience 3 days delay in autumn. Interpretation There is significant correlation between leaf longevity and the time of leafing and defoliation. According to correlation analysis and regression analysis, there is significant correlation between temperature and leafing and defoliation phenology. Early leafing <span class="hlt">species</span> would have a longer life span and consequently have advantage on carbon accumulation compared with later defoliation <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:24963625</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16651255','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16651255"><span id="translatedtitle">Co-occurring <span class="hlt">species</span> differ in <span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring delta(18)O trends.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Marshall, John D; Monserud, Robert A</p> <p>2006-08-01</p> <p>The stable oxygen isotope ratio (delta(18)O) of <span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring cellulose is jointly determined by the delta(18)O of xylem water, the delta(18)O of atmospheric water vapor, the humidity of the atmosphere and perhaps by <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific differences in leaf structure and function. Atmospheric humidity and the delta(18)O of water vapor vary seasonally and annually, but if the canopy atmosphere is well mixed, atmospheric characteristics should be uniform among co-occurring <span class="hlt">trees</span>. In contrast, xylem water delta(18)O is determined by the delta(18)O of water being drawn from the soil, which varies with depth. If co-occurring <span class="hlt">trees</span> draw water from different soil depths, this soil-water delta(18)O signal would be manifest as differences in delta(18)O among the <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We examined the variation in <span class="hlt">tree</span> ring delta(18)O, over eight decades during the 20th Century, among three <span class="hlt">species</span> co-occurring in natural forest stands of the northern Rocky Mountains in the USA. We sampled 10 Douglas-firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco var. glauca), 10 ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa Laws.) and seven western white pines (Pinus monticola Dougl.). As expected, variation in atmospheric conditions was recorded in the delta(18)O of the cellulose produced in a given year, but observed climatic correlations with delta(18)O were weak. Significant correlations with June climate data included: daily maximum temperature (r = 0.29), daily minimum temperature (r = -0.25), mean temperature (r = 0.20), mean daily precipitation (r = -0.54), vapor pressure deficit (r = 0.32) and solar radiation (r = 0.44). Lagged effects were observed in Douglas-fir and western white pine. In these <span class="hlt">species</span>, the delta(18)O of a given annual ring was correlated with the delta(18)O of the previous ring. Ponderosa pine showed no significant autocorrelation. Although the <span class="hlt">species</span> means were correlated among years (r = 0.67 to 0.76), ponderosa pine was consistently enriched in delta(18)O relative to the other <span class="hlt">species</span>; differences were close to 2 per thousand and they are steadily increasing. Relative to the mean for the three <span class="hlt">species</span>, ponderosa pine is becoming steadily more enriched (-1.0 per thousand). In contrast, Douglas-fir is being steadily depleted and western pine is intermediate, with an enrichment of 0.5 per thousand. Because all <span class="hlt">trees</span> were exposed to the same atmospheric conditions, the differences in delta(18)O observed between <span class="hlt">species</span> are likely due either to differences in the depth of water extraction or leaf function. If the former, presumably ponderosa pine has steadily taken up more water from near the soil surface and Douglas-fir has shifted uptake to a greater depth. If the latter, we suggest the pronounced changes in leaf-water delta(18)O are a result of changes in leaf structure and function with <span class="hlt">tree</span> size and age. PMID:16651255</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4356318','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4356318"><span id="translatedtitle">A genotyping protocol for multiple tissue types from the polyploid <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Sequoia sempervirens (Cupressaceae)1</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Narayan, Lakshmi; Dodd, Richard S.; O’Hara, Kevin L.</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Premise of the study: Identifying clonal lineages in asexually reproducing plants using microsatellite markers is complicated by the possibility of nonidentical genotypes from the same clonal lineage due to somatic mutations, null alleles, and scoring errors. We developed and tested a clonal identification protocol that is robust to these issues for the asexually reproducing hexaploid <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Methods: Microsatellite data from four previously published and two newly developed primers were scored using a modified protocol, and clones were identified using Bruvo genetic distances. The effectiveness of this clonal identification protocol was assessed using simulations and by genotyping a test set of paired samples of different tissue types from the same <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Results: Data from simulations showed that our protocol allowed us to accurately identify clonal lineages. Multiple test samples from the same <span class="hlt">trees</span> were identified correctly, although certain tissue type pairs had larger genetic distances on average. Discussion: The methods described in this paper will allow for the accurate identification of coast redwood clones, facilitating future studies of the reproductive ecology of this <span class="hlt">species</span>. The techniques used in this paper can be applied to studies of other clonal organisms as well. PMID:25798341</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4745073','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4745073"><span id="translatedtitle">Convergent production and tolerance among 107 woody <span class="hlt">species</span> and divergent production between shrubs and <span class="hlt">trees</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>He, Wei-Ming; Sun, Zhen-Kai</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Green leaves face two fundamental challenges (i.e., carbon fixation and stress tolerance) during their lifespan. However, the relationships between leaf production potential and leaf tolerance potential have not been explicitly tested with a broad range of plant <span class="hlt">species</span> in the same environment. To do so, we conducted a field investigation based on 107 woody plants grown in a common garden and complementary laboratory measurements. The values, as measured by a chlorophyll meter, were significantly related to the direct measurements of chlorophyll content on a leaf area basis. Area-based chlorophyll content was positively correlated with root surface area, whole-plant biomass, leaf mass per area (LMA), and force to punch. Additionally, LMA had a positive correlation with force to punch. Shrubs had a higher leaf chlorophyll content than <span class="hlt">trees</span>; however, shrubs and <span class="hlt">trees</span> exhibited a similar leaf lifespan, force to punch, and LMA. These findings suggest that the production potential of leaves and their tolerance to stresses may be convergent in woody <span class="hlt">species</span> and that the leaf production potential may differ between shrubs and <span class="hlt">trees</span>. This study highlights the possibility that functional convergence and divergence might be linked to long-term selection pressures and genetic constraints. PMID:26854019</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/Publications.htm?seq_no_115=246108','TEKTRAN'); return false;" href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/Publications.htm?seq_no_115=246108"><span id="translatedtitle">Exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> leaf litter accumulation and mass loss dynamics compared with two sympatric native <span class="hlt">species</span> in South Florida, USA</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/services/TekTran.htm">Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>The invasive <span class="hlt">tree</span> Melaleuca quinquenervia (melaleuca) forms dense forests in ecologically sensitive habitats, including portions of the Florida Everglades. Within these stands, forest understories are characterized by low <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity and a dense layer of accumulated melaleuca litter. However...</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3568135','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3568135"><span id="translatedtitle">Separating the Effects of Environment and Space on <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Distribution: From Population to Community</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Lin, Guojun; Stralberg, Diana; Gong, Guiquan; Huang, Zhongliang; Ye, Wanhui; Wu, Linfang</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Quantifying the relative contributions of environmental conditions and spatial factors to <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution can help improve our understanding of the processes that drive diversity patterns. In this study, based on <span class="hlt">tree</span> inventory, topography and soil data from a 20-ha stem-mapped permanent forest plot in Guangdong Province, China, we evaluated the influence of different ecological processes at different spatial scales using canonical redundancy analysis (RDA) at the community level and multiple linear regression at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level. At the community level, the proportion of explained variation in <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution increased with grid-cell sizes, primarily due to a monotonic increase in the explanatory power of environmental variables. At the <span class="hlt">species</span> level, neither environmental nor spatial factors were important determinants of overstory <span class="hlt">species</span>' distributions at small cell sizes. However, purely spatial variables explained most of the variation in the distributions of understory <span class="hlt">species</span> at fine and intermediate cell sizes. Midstory <span class="hlt">species</span> showed patterns that were intermediate between those of overstory and understory <span class="hlt">species</span>. At the 20-m cell size, the influence of spatial factors was stronger for more dispersal-limited <span class="hlt">species</span>, suggesting that much of the spatial structuring in this community can be explained by dispersal limitation. Comparing environmental factors, soil variables had higher explanatory power than did topography for <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution. However, both topographic and edaphic variables were highly spatial structured. Our results suggested that dispersal limitation has an important influence on fine-intermediate scale (from several to tens of meters) <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution, while environmental variability facilitates <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution at intermediate (from ten to tens of meters) and broad (from tens to hundreds of meters) scales. PMID:23409151</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299988','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299988"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span> assemblage patterns around a dominant emergent <span class="hlt">tree</span> are associated with drought resistance.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Wyse, Sarah V; Macinnis-Ng, Catriona M O; Burns, Bruce R; Clearwater, Michael J; Schwendenmann, Luitgard</p> <p>2013-12-01</p> <p>Water availability has long been recognized as an important driver of <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution patterns in forests. The conifer Agathis australis (D. Don) Lindl. (kauri; Araucariaceae) grows in the <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich forests of northern New Zealand. It is accompanied by distinctive <span class="hlt">species</span> assemblages, and during summer the soil beneath A. australis is often significantly drier than soils beneath surrounding broadleaved angiosperm canopy <span class="hlt">species</span>. We used a shade house dry-down experiment to determine whether <span class="hlt">species</span> that grow close to A. australis differed in drought tolerance physiology compared with <span class="hlt">species</span> that rarely grow close to A. australis. Stomatal conductance (g(s)) was plotted against leaf water potential (?) to identify drought tolerance strategies. Seedlings of <span class="hlt">species</span> that occur in close spatial association with A. australis (including A. australis seedlings) were most resistant to drought stress, and all displayed a drought avoidance strategy of either declining gs to maintain ? or simultaneous declines in g(s) and ?. The <span class="hlt">species</span> not commonly occurring beneath A. australis, but abundant in the surrounding forest, were the most drought-sensitive <span class="hlt">species</span> and succumbed relatively quickly to drought-induced mortality with rapidly declining gs and ? values. These results were confirmed with diurnal measurements of g(s) and assimilation rates throughout the day, and leaf wilting analysis. We conclude that the varied abilities of the <span class="hlt">species</span> to survive periods of drought stress as seedlings shapes the composition of the plant communities beneath A. australis <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Furthermore, forest diversity may be impacted by climate change as the predicted intensification of droughts in northern New Zealand is likely to select for drought-tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span> over drought-intolerant <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:24299988</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18055429','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18055429"><span id="translatedtitle">Retranslocation of foliar nutrients in evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> planted in a Mediterranean environment.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Fife, D N; Nambiar, E K S; Saur, E</p> <p>2008-02-01</p> <p>Internal nutrient recycling through retranslocation (resorption) is important for meeting the nutrient demands of new tissue production in <span class="hlt">trees</span>. We conducted a comparative study of nutrient retranslocation from leaves of five <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from three genera grown in plantation forests for commercial or environmental purposes in southern Australia--Acacia mearnsii De Wild., Eucalyptus globulus Labill., E. fraxinoides H. Deane & Maiden, E. grandis W. Hill ex Maiden and Pinus radiata D. Don. Significant amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium were retranslocated during three phases of leaf life. In the first phase, retranslocation occurred from young leaves beginning 6 months after leaf initiation, even when leaves were physiologically most active. In the second phase, retranslocation occurred from mature green leaves during their second year, and in the third phase, retranslocation occurred during senescence before leaf fall. Nutrient retranslocation occurred mainly in response to new shoot production. The pattern of retranslocation was remarkably similar in the leaves of all study <span class="hlt">species</span> (and in the phyllodes of Casuarina glauca Sieber ex Spreng.), despite their diverse genetics, leaf forms and growth rates. There was no net retranslocation of calcium in any of the <span class="hlt">species</span>. The amounts of nutrients at the start of each pre-retranslocation phase had a strong positive relationship with the amounts subsequently retranslocated, and all <span class="hlt">species</span> fitted a common relationship. The percentage reduction in concentration or content (retranslocation efficiency) at a particular growth phase is subject to many variables, even within a <span class="hlt">species</span>, and is therefore not a meaningful measure of interspecific variation. It is proposed that the pattern of retranslocation and its governing factors are similar among <span class="hlt">species</span> in the absence of interspecies competition for growth and crown structure which occurs in mixed <span class="hlt">species</span> stands. PMID:18055429</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25251538','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25251538"><span id="translatedtitle">Size-class effect contributes to <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> assembly through influencing dispersal in tropical forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hu, Yue-Hua; Kitching, Roger L; Lan, Guo-Yu; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Sha, Li-Qing; Cao, Min</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>We have investigated the processes of community assembly using size classes of <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Specifically our work examined (1) whether point process models incorporating an effect of size-class produce more realistic summary outcomes than do models without this effect; (2) which of three selected models incorporating, respectively environmental effects, dispersal and the joint-effect of both of these, is most useful in explaining <span class="hlt">species</span>-area relationships (SARs) and point dispersion patterns. For this evaluation we used <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> data from the 50-ha forest dynamics plot in Barro Colorado Island, Panama and the comparable 20 ha plot at Bubeng, Southwest China. Our results demonstrated that incorporating an size-class effect dramatically improved the SAR estimation at both the plots when the dispersal only model was used. The joint effect model produced similar improvement but only for the 50-ha plot in Panama. The point patterns results were not improved by incorporation of size-class effects using any of the three models. Our results indicate that dispersal is likely to be a key process determining both SARs and point patterns. The environment-only model and joint-effects model were effective at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level and the community level, respectively. We conclude that it is critical to use multiple summary characteristics when modelling spatial patterns at the <span class="hlt">species</span> and community levels if a comprehensive understanding of the ecological processes that shape <span class="hlt">species</span>' distributions is sought; without this results may have inherent biases. By influencing dispersal, the effect of size-class contributes to <span class="hlt">species</span> assembly and enhances our understanding of <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence. PMID:25251538</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AcO....73...45C','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AcO....73...45C"><span id="translatedtitle">Interactions between terrestrial mammals and the fruits of two neotropical rainforest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Camargo-Sanabria, Angela A.; Mendoza, Eduardo</p> <p>2016-05-01</p> <p>Mammalian frugivory is a distinctive biotic interaction of tropical forests; however, most efforts in the Neotropics have focused on cases of animals foraging in the forest canopy, in particular primates and bats. In contrast much less is known about this interaction when it involves fruits deposited on the forest floor and terrestrial mammals. We conducted a camera-trapping survey to analyze the characteristics of the mammalian ensembles visiting fruits of Licania platypus and Pouteria sapota deposited on the forest floor in a well preserved tropical rainforest of Mexico. Both <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> produce large fruits but contrast in their population densities and fruit chemical composition. In particular, we expected that more <span class="hlt">species</span> of terrestrial mammals would consume P. sapota fruits due to its higher pulp:seed ratio, lower availability and greater carbohydrate content. We monitored fruits at the base of 13 <span class="hlt">trees</span> (P. sapota, n = 4 and L. platypus, n = 9) using camera-traps. We recorded 13 mammal <span class="hlt">species</span> from which we had evidence of 8 consuming or removing fruits. These eight <span class="hlt">species</span> accounted for 70% of the <span class="hlt">species</span> of mammalian frugivores active in the forest floor of our study area. The ensemble of frugivores associated with L. platypus (6 spp.) was a subset of that associated with P. sapota (8 spp). Large body-sized <span class="hlt">species</span> such as Tapirus bairdii, Pecari tajacu and Cuniculus paca were the mammals more frequently interacting with fruits of the focal <span class="hlt">species</span>. Our results further our understanding of the characteristics of the interaction between terrestrial mammalian frugivores and large-sized fruits, helping to gain a more balanced view of its importance across different tropical forests and providing a baseline to compare against defaunated forests.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18695228','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18695228"><span id="translatedtitle">Colloquium paper: how many <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are there in the Amazon and how many of them will go extinct?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hubbell, Stephen P; He, Fangliang; Condit, Richard; Borda-de-Agua, Luís; Kellner, James; Ter Steege, Hans</p> <p>2008-08-12</p> <p>New roads, agricultural projects, logging, and mining are claiming an ever greater area of once-pristine Amazonian forest. The Millennium Ecosystems Assessment (MA) forecasts the extinction of a large fraction of Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> based on projected loss of forest cover over the next several decades. How accurate are these estimates of extinction rates? We use neutral theory to estimate the number, relative abundance, and range size of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Amazon metacommunity and estimate likely <span class="hlt">tree-species</span> extinctions under published optimistic and nonoptimistic Amazon scenarios. We estimate that the Brazilian portion of the Amazon Basin has (or had) 11,210 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that reach sizes >10 cm DBH (stem diameter at breast height). Of these, 3,248 <span class="hlt">species</span> have population sizes >1 million individuals, and, ignoring possible climate-change effects, almost all of these common <span class="hlt">species</span> persist under both optimistic and nonoptimistic scenarios. At the rare end of the abundance spectrum, however, neutral theory predicts the existence of approximately 5,308 <span class="hlt">species</span> with <10,000 individuals each that are expected to suffer nearly a 50% extinction rate under the nonoptimistic deforestation scenario and an approximately 37% loss rate even under the optimistic scenario. Most of these <span class="hlt">species</span> have small range sizes and are highly vulnerable to local habitat loss. In ensembles of 100 stochastic simulations, we found mean total extinction rates of 20% and 33% of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Brazilian Amazon under the optimistic and nonoptimistic scenarios, respectively. PMID:18695228</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4418704','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4418704"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition and Harvest Intensity Affect Herbivore Density and Leaf Damage on Beech, Fagus sylvatica, in Different Landscape Contexts</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Mangels, Jule; Blüthgen, Nico; Frank, Kevin; Grassein, Fabrice; Hilpert, Andrea; Mody, Karsten</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Most forests are exposed to anthropogenic management activities that affect <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and natural ecosystem processes. Changes in ecosystem processes such as herbivory depend on management intensity, and on regional environmental conditions and <span class="hlt">species</span> pools. Whereas influences of specific forest management measures have already been addressed for different herbivore taxa on a local scale, studies considering effects of different aspects of forest management across different regions are rare. We assessed the influence of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and intensity of harvesting activities on arthropod herbivores and herbivore-related damage to beech <span class="hlt">trees</span>, Fagus sylvatica, in 48 forest plots in three regions of Germany. We found that herbivore abundance and damage to beech <span class="hlt">trees</span> differed between regions and that – despite the regional differences - density of <span class="hlt">tree</span>-associated arthropod taxa and herbivore damage were consistently affected by <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and harvest intensity. Specifically, overall herbivore damage to beech <span class="hlt">trees</span> increased with increasing dominance of beech <span class="hlt">trees</span> – suggesting the action of associational resistance processes – and decreased with harvest intensity. The density of leaf chewers and mines was positively related to leaf damage, and several arthropod groups responded to beech dominance and harvest intensity. The distribution of damage patterns was consistent with a vertical shift of herbivores to higher crown layers during the season and with higher beech dominance. By linking quantitative data on arthropod herbivore abundance and herbivory with <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and harvesting activity in a wide variety of beech forests, our study helps to better understand the influence of forest management on interactions between a naturally dominant deciduous forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> and arthropod herbivores. PMID:25938417</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23689840','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23689840"><span id="translatedtitle">Experimental warming studies on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and forest ecosystems: a literature review.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chung, Haegeun; Muraoka, Hiroyuki; Nakamura, Masahiro; Han, Saerom; Muller, Onno; Son, Yowhan</p> <p>2013-07-01</p> <p>Temperature affects a cascade of ecological processes and functions of forests. With future higher global temperatures being inevitable it is critical to understand and predict how forest ecosystems and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> will respond. This paper reviews experimental warming studies in boreal and temperate forests or <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> beyond the direct effects of higher temperature on plant ecophysiology by scaling up to forest level responses and considering the indirect effects of higher temperature. In direct response to higher temperature (1) leaves emerged earlier and senesced later, resulting in a longer growing season (2) the abundance of herbivorous insects increased and their performance was enhanced and (3) soil nitrogen mineralization and leaf litter decomposition were accelerated. Besides these generalizations across <span class="hlt">species</span>, plant ecophysiological traits were highly <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific. Moreover, we showed that the effect of temperature on photosynthesis is strongly dependent on the position of the leaf or plant within the forest (canopy or understory) and the time of the year. Indirect effects of higher temperature included among others higher carbon storage in <span class="hlt">trees</span> due to increased soil nitrogen availability and changes in insect performance due to alterations in plant ecophysiological traits. Unfortunately only a few studies extrapolated results to forest ecosystem level and considered the indirect effects of higher temperature. Thus more intensive, long-term studies are needed to further confirm the emerging trends shown in this review. Experimental warming studies provide us with a useful tool to examine the cascade of ecological processes in forest ecosystems that will change with future higher temperature. 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The flowering patterns of the dipterocarp <span class="hlt">trees</span> are usually irregular and unpredictable, which make difficult to collect sufficient seeds for raising the seedlings. The field survey revealed the diverged features of the so-called gregarious or simultaneous flowering of various <span class="hlt">species</span> of this group. Appropriate conditions and methods for the storage of the seeds were established according to the detailed analyses of the morphological and physiological characteristics of the seeds such as the low temperature tolerance and the moisture contents. The intensity and spectra of the light in the forest primarily determine the growth and the morphological development of the seedlings under the canopy. Based on the measurements of the diffused light at the sites in the tropical forest in the varying sunlight, the parameters such as “the steady state of the diffuse light” and “the turning point” were defined, which were useful to evaluate the light conditions in the forest. To improve the survival of the transplanted seedlings, a planting method of “the bare-root seedlings”, the seedlings easy to be handled by removal of all leaves, soil and pots, was developed. Its marked efficiency was proved with various dipterocarps and other tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span> by the field trial in the practical scale. Tolerance of the various <span class="hlt">species</span> to the extreme environmental conditions such as fires, acid soils and drought were examined by the experiments and the field survey, which revealed marked adaptability of Shorea roxburghii as a potential <span class="hlt">species</span> for regeneration of the tropical forests. PMID:18941286</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25345038','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25345038"><span id="translatedtitle">[Distribution of fine root biomass of main planting <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Loess Plateau, China].</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Jian, Sheng-Qi; Zhao, Chuan-Yan; Fang, Shu-Min; Yu, Kai</p> <p>2014-07-01</p> <p>The distribution of fine roots of Pinus tabuliformis, Populus tomentosa, Prunus armeniaca, Robinia pseudoacacia, Hippophae rhamnoides, and Caragana korshinskii was investigated by using soil core method and the fine root was defined as root with diameter less than 2 mm. The soil moisture and soil properties were measured. The results showed that in the horizontal direction, the distribution of fine root biomass of P. tabuliformis presented a conic curve, and the fine root biomass of the other <span class="hlt">species</span> expressed logarithm correlation. Radial roots developed, the fine root biomass were concentrated within the scope of the 2-3 times crown, indicating that <span class="hlt">trees</span> extended their roots laterally to seek water farther from the <span class="hlt">tree</span>. In the vertical direction, the fine root biomass decreased with the increasing soil depth. Fine root biomass had significant negative correlation with soil water content and bulk density, while significant positive correlation with organic matter and total N contents. PMID:25345038</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15278429','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15278429"><span id="translatedtitle">El Niño droughts and their effects on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and diversity in tropical rain forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Slik, J W F</p> <p>2004-09-01</p> <p>In this study I investigated the effects of the extreme, 1997/98 El Niño related drought on <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality and understorey light conditions of logged and unlogged tropical rain forest in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan (Borneo). My objectives were to test (1) whether drought had a significant effect on <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality and understorey light conditions, (2) whether this effect was greater in logged than in undisturbed forest, (3) if the expected change in <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality and light conditions had an effect on Macaranga pioneer seedling and sapling densities, and (4) which (a)biotic factors influenced <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality during the drought. The 1997/1998 drought led to an additional <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality of 11.2, 18.1, and 22.7% in undisturbed, old logged and recently logged forest, respectively. Mortality was highest in logged forests, due to extremely high mortality of pioneer Macaranga <span class="hlt">trees</span> (65.4%). Canopy openness was significantly higher during the drought than during the non-drought year (6.0, 8.6 and 10.4 vs 3.7, 3.8 and 3.7 in undisturbed, old logged and recently logged forest, respectively) and was positively correlated with the number of dead standing <span class="hlt">trees</span>. The increase in light in the understorey was accompanied by a 30 to 300-fold increase in pioneer Macaranga seedling densities. Factors affecting <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality during drought were (1) <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> successional status, (2) <span class="hlt">tree</span> size, and (3) <span class="hlt">tree</span> location with respect to soil moisture. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> density and basal area per surface unit had no influence on <span class="hlt">tree</span> mortality during drought. The results of this study show that extreme droughts, such as those associated with El Niño events, can affect the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and diversity of tropical forests in two ways: (1) by disproportionate mortality of certain <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> groups and <span class="hlt">tree</span> size classes, and (2) by changing the light environment in the forest understorey, thereby affecting the recruitment and growth conditions of small and immature <span class="hlt">trees</span>. PMID:15278429</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26426801','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26426801"><span id="translatedtitle">Site-adapted admixed <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> reduce drought susceptibility of mature European beech.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Metz, Jérôme; Annighöfer, Peter; Schall, Peter; Zimmermann, Jorma; Kahl, Tiemo; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef; Ammer, Christian</p> <p>2016-02-01</p> <p>Some forest-related studies on possible effects of climate change conclude that growth potential of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) might be impaired by the predicted increase in future serious drought events during the growing season. Other recent research suggests that not only multiyear increment rates but also growth resistance and recovery of beech during, respectively, after dry years may differ between pure and mixed stands. Thus, we combined dendrochronological investigations and wood stable isotope measurements to further investigate the impact of neighborhood diversity on long-term performance, short-term drought response and soil water availability of European beech in three major geographic regions of Germany. During the last four decades, target <span class="hlt">trees</span> whose competitive neighborhood consisted of co-occurring <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited a superior growth performance compared to beeches in pure stands of the same investigation area. This general pattern was also found in exceptional dry years. Although the summer droughts of 1976 and 2003 predominantly caused stronger relative growth declines if target <span class="hlt">trees</span> were exposed to interspecific competition, with few exceptions they still formed wider annual rings than beeches growing in close-by monocultures. Within the same study region, recovery of standardized beech target <span class="hlt">tree</span> radial growth was consistently slower in monospecific stands than in the neighborhood of other competitor <span class="hlt">species</span>. These findings suggest an improved water availability of beech in mixtures what is in line with the results of the stable isotope analysis. Apparently, the magnitude of competitive complementarity determines the growth response of target beech <span class="hlt">trees</span> in mixtures. Our investigation strongly suggest that the sensitivity of European beech to environmental constrains depends on neighborhood identity. Therefore, the systematic formation of mixed stands tends to be an appropriate silvicultural measure to mitigate the effects of global warming and droughts on growth patterns of Fagus sylvatica. PMID:26426801</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26378305','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26378305"><span id="translatedtitle">Neighborhood diversity of large <span class="hlt">trees</span> shows independent <span class="hlt">species</span> patterns in a mixed dipterocarp forest in Sri Lanka.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Punchi-Manage, Ruwan; Wiegand, Thorsten; Wiegand, Kerstin; Getzin, Stephan; Huth, Andreas; Gunatilleke, C V Savitri; Gunatilleke, I A U Nimal</p> <p>2015-07-01</p> <p>Interactions among neighboring individuals influence plant performance and should create spatial patterns in local community structure. In order to assess the role of large <span class="hlt">trees</span> in generating spatial patterns in local <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, we used the individual <span class="hlt">species</span>-area relationship (ISAR) to evaluate the <span class="hlt">species</span> richness of <span class="hlt">trees</span> of different size classes (and dead <span class="hlt">trees</span>) in circular neighborhoods with varying radius around large <span class="hlt">trees</span> of different focal <span class="hlt">species</span>. To reveal signals of <span class="hlt">species</span> interactions, we compared the ISAR function of the individuals of focal <span class="hlt">species</span> with that of randomly selected nearby locations. We expected that large <span class="hlt">trees</span> should strongly affect the community structure of smaller <span class="hlt">trees</span> in their neighborhood, but that these effects should fade away with increasing size class. Unexpectedly, we found that only few focal <span class="hlt">species</span> showed signals of <span class="hlt">species</span> interactions with <span class="hlt">trees</span> of the different size classes and that this was less likely for less abundant focal <span class="hlt">species</span>. However, the few and relatively weak departures from independence were consistent with expectations of the effect of competition for space and the dispersal syndrome on spatial patterns. A noisy signal of competition for space found for large <span class="hlt">trees</span> built up gradually with increasing life stage; it was not yet present for large saplings but detectable for intermediates. Additionally, focal <span class="hlt">species</span> with animal-dispersed seeds showed higher <span class="hlt">species</span> richness in their neighborhood than those with gravity- and gyration-dispersed seeds. Our analysis across the entire ontogeny from recruits to large <span class="hlt">trees</span> supports the hypothesis that stochastic effects dilute deterministic <span class="hlt">species</span> interactions in highly diverse communities. Stochastic dilution is a consequence of the stochastic geometry of biodiversity in <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich communities where the identities of the nearest neighbors of a given plant are largely unpredictable. While the outcome of local <span class="hlt">species</span> interactions is governed for each plant by deterministic fitness and niche differences, the large variability of competitors causes also a large variability in the outcomes of interactions and does not allow for strong directed responses at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level. Collectively, our results highlight the critical effect of the stochastic geometry of biodiversity in structuring local spatial patterns of tropical forest diversity. PMID:26378305</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26508430','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26508430"><span id="translatedtitle">Pollution Response Score of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in Relation to Ambient Air Quality in an Urban Area.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Mukherjee, Arideep; Agrawal, Madhoolika</p> <p>2016-02-01</p> <p>Multivariate statistical techniques were employed on twelve leaf traits in four selected common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Mangifera indica L., Polyalthia longifolia Sonn., Ficus benghalensis L. and Psidium guajava L.) to evaluate their responses with respect to major air pollutants in an urban area. Discriminant analysis (DA) identified chlorophyll/carotenoid ratio, leaf dry matter content, carotenoids, net water content and ascorbic acid as the major discriminating leaf traits, which varied maximally with respect to the pollution status. Pollution response score (PRS), calculated on the basis of discriminate functional coefficient values, increased with an increase in air pollution variables for all the tested <span class="hlt">species</span>, with the highest increase in P. longifolia and the lowest in F. benghalensis. The study highlights the usefulness of DA for evaluation of plant specific traits and PRS for selection of tolerant <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26508430</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EnMan..55..687K','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015EnMan..55..687K"><span id="translatedtitle">Seasonal and Local Differences in Leaf Litter Flammability of Six Mediterranean <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Kauf, Zorica; Fangmeier, Andreas; Rosavec, Roman; Španjol, Željko</p> <p>2015-03-01</p> <p>One of the suggested management options for reducing fire danger is the selection of less flammable plant <span class="hlt">species</span>. Nevertheless, vegetation flammability is both complex and dynamic, making identification of such <span class="hlt">species</span> challenging. While large efforts have been made to connect plant traits to fire behavior, seasonal changes and within <span class="hlt">species</span> variability of traits are often neglected. Currently, even the most sophisticated fire danger systems presume that intrinsic characteristics of leaf litter stay unchanged, and plant <span class="hlt">species</span> flammability lists are often transferred from one area to another. In order to assess if these practices can be improved, we performed a study examining the relationship between morphological characteristics and flammability parameters of leaf litter, thereby taking into account seasonal and local variability. Litter from six Mediterranean <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was sampled throughout the fire season from three different locations along a climate gradient. Samples were subjected to flammability testing involving an epiradiator operated at 400 °C surface temperature with 3 g sample weight. Specific leaf area, fuel moisture content, average area, and average mass of a single particle had significant influences on flammability parameters. Effects of sampling time and location were significant as well. Due to the standardized testing conditions, these effects could be attributed to changes in intrinsic characteristics of the material. As the aforementioned effects were inconsistent and <span class="hlt">species</span> specific, these results may potentially limit the generalization of <span class="hlt">species</span> flammability rankings. Further research is necessary in order to evaluate the importance of our findings for fire danger modeling.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015NatCC...5..148R','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015NatCC...5..148R"><span id="translatedtitle">Geographic range predicts photosynthetic and growth response to warming in co-occurring <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Reich, Peter B.; Sendall, Kerrie M.; Rice, Karen; Rich, Roy L.; Stefanski, Artur; Hobbie, Sarah E.; Montgomery, Rebecca A.</p> <p>2015-02-01</p> <p>Populations near the warm edge of <span class="hlt">species</span> ranges may be particularly sensitive to climate change, but lack of empirical data on responses to warming represents a key gap in understanding future range dynamics. Herein we document the impacts of experimental warming on the performance of 11 boreal and temperate forest <span class="hlt">species</span> that co-occur at the ecotone between these biomes in North America. We measured in situ net photosynthetic carbon gain and growth of >4,100 juvenile <span class="hlt">trees</span> from local seed sources exposed to a chamberless warming experiment that used infrared heat lamps and soil heating cables to elevate temperatures by +3.4 °C above- and belowground for three growing seasons across 48 plots at two sites. In these ecologically realistic field settings, <span class="hlt">species</span> growing nearest their warm range limit exhibited reductions in net photosynthesis and growth, whereas <span class="hlt">species</span> near their cold range limit responded positively to warming. Differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> in their three-year growth responses to warming parallel their photosynthetic responses to warming, suggesting that leaf-level responses may scale to whole-plant performance. These responses are consistent with the hypothesis, from observational data and models, that warming will reduce the competitive ability of currently dominant southern boreal <span class="hlt">species</span> compared with locally rarer co-occurring <span class="hlt">species</span> that dominate warmer neighbouring regions.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23233512','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23233512"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span> delineation in the <span class="hlt">tree</span> pathogen genus Celoporthe (Cryphonectriaceae) in southern Africa.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Vermeulen, Marcele; Gryzenhout, Marieka; Wingfield, Michael J; Roux, Jolanda</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>The genus Celoporthe was first described when C. dispersa was discovered in South Africa associated with dieback and cankers on <span class="hlt">trees</span> in the Myrtales. Four additional <span class="hlt">species</span> were recently described from Eucalyptus and Syzygium cumini in China as well as S. aromaticum and Eucalyptus in Indonesia. Inoculation trials have shown that all Celoporthe <span class="hlt">species</span>, including those that have not been found on Eucalyptus <span class="hlt">species</span> in nature, are pathogenic to Eucalyptus and they are thus potentially threatening to commercial Eucalyptus forestry. New isolates, morphologically similar to Celoporthe, have been collected from S. legatti in South Africa and S. guineense in Zambia. Multigene phylogenetic analyses based on DNA sequences of the ITS region, TEF1? gene and two areas of the ?-tubulin gene revealed additional cryptic <span class="hlt">species</span> in Celoporthe. Phylogenetic data were supported by morphological differences. These resulted in the description of two previously unknown <span class="hlt">species</span> of Celoporthe, namely C. fontana and C. woodiana, for two of these cryptic groups, while the third group represented C. dispersa. These <span class="hlt">species</span> all can readily infect Eucalyptus as well as several <span class="hlt">species</span> of Syzygium, the latter of which are native to Africa. PMID:23233512</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25537154','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25537154"><span id="translatedtitle">Seasonal and local differences in leaf litter flammability of six Mediterranean <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Kauf, Zorica; Fangmeier, Andreas; Rosavec, Roman; Španjol, Željko</p> <p>2015-03-01</p> <p>One of the suggested management options for reducing fire danger is the selection of less flammable plant <span class="hlt">species</span>. Nevertheless, vegetation flammability is both complex and dynamic, making identification of such <span class="hlt">species</span> challenging. While large efforts have been made to connect plant traits to fire behavior, seasonal changes and within <span class="hlt">species</span> variability of traits are often neglected. Currently, even the most sophisticated fire danger systems presume that intrinsic characteristics of leaf litter stay unchanged, and plant <span class="hlt">species</span> flammability lists are often transferred from one area to another. In order to assess if these practices can be improved, we performed a study examining the relationship between morphological characteristics and flammability parameters of leaf litter, thereby taking into account seasonal and local variability. Litter from six Mediterranean <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was sampled throughout the fire season from three different locations along a climate gradient. Samples were subjected to flammability testing involving an epiradiator operated at 400 °C surface temperature with 3 g sample weight. Specific leaf area, fuel moisture content, average area, and average mass of a single particle had significant influences on flammability parameters. Effects of sampling time and location were significant as well. Due to the standardized testing conditions, these effects could be attributed to changes in intrinsic characteristics of the material. As the aforementioned effects were inconsistent and <span class="hlt">species</span> specific, these results may potentially limit the generalization of <span class="hlt">species</span> flammability rankings. Further research is necessary in order to evaluate the importance of our findings for fire danger modeling. PMID:25537154</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25450097','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25450097"><span id="translatedtitle">Applying <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> analyses to deep phylogenetic histories: challenges and potential suggested from a survey of empirical phylogenetic studies.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Lanier, Hayley C; Knowles, L Lacey</p> <p>2015-02-01</p> <p>Coalescent-based methods for <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> estimation are becoming a dominant approach for reconstructing <span class="hlt">species</span> histories from multi-locus data, with most of the studies examining these methodologies focused on recently diverged <span class="hlt">species</span>. However, deeper phylogenies, such as the datasets that comprise many <span class="hlt">Tree</span> of Life (ToL) studies, also exhibit gene-<span class="hlt">tree</span> discordance. This discord may also arise from the stochastic sorting of gene lineages during the speciation process (i.e., reflecting the random coalescence of gene lineages in ancestral populations). It remains unknown whether guidelines regarding methodologies and numbers of loci established by simulation studies at shallow <span class="hlt">tree</span> depths translate into accurate <span class="hlt">species</span> relationships for deeper phylogenetic histories. We address this knowledge gap and specifically identify the challenges and limitations of <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> methods that account for coalescent variance for deeper phylogenies. Using simulated data with characteristics informed by empirical studies, we evaluate both the accuracy of estimated <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> and the characteristics associated with recalcitrant nodes, with a specific focus on whether coalescent variance is generally responsible for the lack of resolution. By determining the proportion of coalescent genealogies that support a particular node, we demonstrate that (1) <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> methods account for coalescent variance at deep nodes and (2) mutational variance - not gene-<span class="hlt">tree</span> discord arising from the coalescent - posed the primary challenge for accurate reconstruction across the <span class="hlt">tree</span>. For example, many nodes were accurately resolved despite predicted discord from the random coalescence of gene lineages and nodes with poor support were distributed across a range of depths (i.e., they were not restricted to a particular recent divergences). Given their broad taxonomic scope and large sampling of taxa, deep level phylogenies pose several potential methodological complications including difficulties with MCMC convergence and estimation of requisite population genetic parameters for coalescent-based approaches. Despite these difficulties, the findings generally support the utility of <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> analyses for the estimation of <span class="hlt">species</span> relationships throughout the ToL. We discuss strategies for successful application of <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> approaches to deep phylogenies. PMID:25450097</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4524695','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4524695"><span id="translatedtitle">Are <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Diversity and Genotypic Diversity Effects on Insect Herbivores Mediated by Ants?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Campos-Navarrete, María José; Abdala-Roberts, Luis; Munguía-Rosas, Miguel A.; Parra-Tabla, Víctor</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Plant diversity can influence predators and omnivores and such effects may in turn influence herbivores and plants. However, evidence for these ecological feedbacks is rare. We evaluated if the effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (SD) and genotypic diversity (GD) on the abundance of different guilds of insect herbivores associated with big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) were contingent upon the protective effects of ants tending extra-floral nectaries of this <span class="hlt">species</span>. This study was conducted within a larger experiment consisting of mahogany monocultures and <span class="hlt">species</span> polycultures of four <span class="hlt">species</span> and –within each of these two plot types– mahogany was represented by either one or four maternal families. We selected 24 plots spanning these treatment combinations, 10 mahogany plants/plot, and within each plot experimentally reduced ant abundance on half of the selected plants, and surveyed ant and herbivore abundance. There were positive effects of SD on generalist leaf-chewers and sap-feeders, but for the latter group this effect depended on the ant reduction treatment: SD positively influenced sap-feeders under ambient ant abundance but had no effect when ant abundance was reduced; at the same time, ants had negative effects on sap feeders in monoculture but no effect in polyculture. In contrast, SD did not influence specialist stem-borers or leaf-miners and this effect was not contingent upon ant reduction. Finally, GD did not influence any of the herbivore guilds studied, and such effects did not depend on the ant treatment. Overall, we show that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity influenced interactions between a focal plant <span class="hlt">species</span> (mahogany) and ants, and that such effects in turn mediated plant diversity effects on some (sap-feeders) but not all the herbivores guilds studied. Our results suggest that the observed patterns are dependent on the combined effects of herbivore identity, diet breadth, and the source of plant diversity. PMID:26241962</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4177404','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4177404"><span id="translatedtitle">Size-Class Effect Contributes to <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Assembly through Influencing Dispersal in Tropical Forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Hu, Yue-Hua; Kitching, Roger L.; Lan, Guo-Yu; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Sha, Li-Qing; Cao, Min</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>We have investigated the processes of community assembly using size classes of <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Specifically our work examined (1) whether point process models incorporating an effect of size-class produce more realistic summary outcomes than do models without this effect; (2) which of three selected models incorporating, respectively environmental effects, dispersal and the joint-effect of both of these, is most useful in explaining <span class="hlt">species</span>-area relationships (SARs) and point dispersion patterns. For this evaluation we used <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> data from the 50-ha forest dynamics plot in Barro Colorado Island, Panama and the comparable 20 ha plot at Bubeng, Southwest China. Our results demonstrated that incorporating an size-class effect dramatically improved the SAR estimation at both the plots when the dispersal only model was used. The joint effect model produced similar improvement but only for the 50-ha plot in Panama. The point patterns results were not improved by incorporation of size-class effects using any of the three models. Our results indicate that dispersal is likely to be a key process determining both SARs and point patterns. The environment-only model and joint-effects model were effective at the <span class="hlt">species</span> level and the community level, respectively. We conclude that it is critical to use multiple summary characteristics when modelling spatial patterns at the <span class="hlt">species</span> and community levels if a comprehensive understanding of the ecological processes that shape species’ distributions is sought; without this results may have inherent biases. By influencing dispersal, the effect of size-class contributes to <span class="hlt">species</span> assembly and enhances our understanding of <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence. PMID:25251538</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26241962','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26241962"><span id="translatedtitle">Are <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Diversity and Genotypic Diversity Effects on Insect Herbivores Mediated by Ants?</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Campos-Navarrete, María José; Abdala-Roberts, Luis; Munguía-Rosas, Miguel A; Parra-Tabla, Víctor</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Plant diversity can influence predators and omnivores and such effects may in turn influence herbivores and plants. However, evidence for these ecological feedbacks is rare. We evaluated if the effects of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (SD) and genotypic diversity (GD) on the abundance of different guilds of insect herbivores associated with big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) were contingent upon the protective effects of ants tending extra-floral nectaries of this <span class="hlt">species</span>. This study was conducted within a larger experiment consisting of mahogany monocultures and <span class="hlt">species</span> polycultures of four <span class="hlt">species</span> and -within each of these two plot types- mahogany was represented by either one or four maternal families. We selected 24 plots spanning these treatment combinations, 10 mahogany plants/plot, and within each plot experimentally reduced ant abundance on half of the selected plants, and surveyed ant and herbivore abundance. There were positive effects of SD on generalist leaf-chewers and sap-feeders, but for the latter group this effect depended on the ant reduction treatment: SD positively influenced sap-feeders under ambient ant abundance but had no effect when ant abundance was reduced; at the same time, ants had negative effects on sap feeders in monoculture but no effect in polyculture. In contrast, SD did not influence specialist stem-borers or leaf-miners and this effect was not contingent upon ant reduction. Finally, GD did not influence any of the herbivore guilds studied, and such effects did not depend on the ant treatment. Overall, we show that <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity influenced interactions between a focal plant <span class="hlt">species</span> (mahogany) and ants, and that such effects in turn mediated plant diversity effects on some (sap-feeders) but not all the herbivores guilds studied. Our results suggest that the observed patterns are dependent on the combined effects of herbivore identity, diet breadth, and the source of plant diversity. PMID:26241962</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4433356','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4433356"><span id="translatedtitle">Classification of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> in Overstorey Canopy of Subtropical Forest Using QuickBird Images</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Lin, Chinsu; Popescu, Sorin C.; Thomson, Gavin; Tsogt, Khongor; Chang, Chein-I</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>This paper proposes a supervised classification scheme to identify 40 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (2 coniferous, 38 broadleaf) belonging to 22 families and 36 genera in high spatial resolution QuickBird multispectral images (HMS). Overall kappa coefficient (OKC) and <span class="hlt">species</span> conditional kappa coefficients (SCKC) were used to evaluate classification performance in training samples and estimate accuracy and uncertainty in test samples. Baseline classification performance using HMS images and vegetation index (VI) images were evaluated with an OKC value of 0.58 and 0.48 respectively, but performance improved significantly (up to 0.99) when used in combination with an HMS spectral-spatial texture image (SpecTex). One of the 40 <span class="hlt">species</span> had very high conditional kappa coefficient performance (SCKC ≥ 0.95) using 4-band HMS and 5-band VIs images, but, only five <span class="hlt">species</span> had lower performance (0.68 ≤ SCKC ≤ 0.94) using the SpecTex images. When SpecTex images were combined with a Visible Atmospherically Resistant Index (VARI), there was a significant improvement in performance in the training samples. The same level of improvement could not be replicated in the test samples indicating that a high degree of uncertainty exists in <span class="hlt">species</span> classification accuracy which may be due to individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> crown density, leaf greenness (inter-canopy gaps), and noise in the background environment (intra-canopy gaps). These factors increase uncertainty in the spectral texture features and therefore represent potential problems when using pixel-based classification techniques for multi-<span class="hlt">species</span> classification. PMID:25978466</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4817349','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4817349"><span id="translatedtitle">Limited Growth Recovery after Drought-Induced Forest Dieback in Very Defoliated <span class="hlt">Trees</span> of Two Pine <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Guada, Guillermo; Camarero, J. Julio; Sánchez-Salguero, Raúl; Cerrillo, Rafael M. Navarro</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Mediterranean pine forests display high resilience after extreme climatic events such as severe droughts. However, recent dry spells causing growth decline and triggering forest dieback challenge the capacity of some forests to recover following major disturbances. To describe how resilient the responses of forests to drought can be, we quantified growth dynamics in plantations of two pine <span class="hlt">species</span> (Scots pine, black pine) located in south-eastern Spain and showing drought-triggered dieback. Radial growth was characterized at inter- (<span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring width) and intra-annual (xylogenesis) scales in three defoliation levels. It was assumed that the higher defoliation the more negative the impact of drought on <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth. <span class="hlt">Tree</span>-ring width chronologies were built and xylogenesis was characterized 3 years after the last severe drought occurred. Annual growth data and the number of tracheids produced in different stages of xylem formation were related to climate data at several time scales. Drought negatively impacted growth of the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> in both pine <span class="hlt">species</span>. In Scots pine, xylem formation started earlier in the non-defoliated than in the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> presented the shortest duration of the radial-enlargement phase in both <span class="hlt">species</span>. On average the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> formed 60% of the number of mature tracheids formed by the non-defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> in both <span class="hlt">species</span>. Since radial enlargement is the xylogenesis phase most tightly related to final growth, this explains why the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> grew the least due to their altered xylogenesis phases. Our findings indicate a very limited resilience capacity of drought-defoliated Scots and black pines. Moreover, droughts produce legacy effects on xylogenesis of highly defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> which could not recover previous growth rates and are thus more prone to die. PMID:27066053</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27066053','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27066053"><span id="translatedtitle">Limited Growth Recovery after Drought-Induced Forest Dieback in Very Defoliated <span class="hlt">Trees</span> of Two Pine <span class="hlt">Species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Guada, Guillermo; Camarero, J Julio; Sánchez-Salguero, Raúl; Cerrillo, Rafael M Navarro</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Mediterranean pine forests display high resilience after extreme climatic events such as severe droughts. However, recent dry spells causing growth decline and triggering forest dieback challenge the capacity of some forests to recover following major disturbances. To describe how resilient the responses of forests to drought can be, we quantified growth dynamics in plantations of two pine <span class="hlt">species</span> (Scots pine, black pine) located in south-eastern Spain and showing drought-triggered dieback. Radial growth was characterized at inter- (<span class="hlt">tree</span>-ring width) and intra-annual (xylogenesis) scales in three defoliation levels. It was assumed that the higher defoliation the more negative the impact of drought on <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth. <span class="hlt">Tree</span>-ring width chronologies were built and xylogenesis was characterized 3 years after the last severe drought occurred. Annual growth data and the number of tracheids produced in different stages of xylem formation were related to climate data at several time scales. Drought negatively impacted growth of the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> in both pine <span class="hlt">species</span>. In Scots pine, xylem formation started earlier in the non-defoliated than in the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> presented the shortest duration of the radial-enlargement phase in both <span class="hlt">species</span>. On average the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> formed 60% of the number of mature tracheids formed by the non-defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> in both <span class="hlt">species</span>. Since radial enlargement is the xylogenesis phase most tightly related to final growth, this explains why the most defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> grew the least due to their altered xylogenesis phases. Our findings indicate a very limited resilience capacity of drought-defoliated Scots and black pines. Moreover, droughts produce legacy effects on xylogenesis of highly defoliated <span class="hlt">trees</span> which could not recover previous growth rates and are thus more prone to die. PMID:27066053</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4801349','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4801349"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> Size Inequality Reduces Forest Productivity: An Analysis Combining Inventory Data for Ten European <span class="hlt">Species</span> and a Light Competition Model</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Bourdier, Thomas; Cordonnier, Thomas; Kunstler, Georges; Piedallu, Christian; Lagarrigues, Guillaume; Courbaud, Benoit</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Plant structural diversity is usually considered as beneficial for ecosystem functioning. For instance, numerous studies have reported positive <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity-productivity relationships in plant communities. However, other aspects of structural diversity such as individual size inequality have been far less investigated. In forests, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality impacts directly <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth and asymmetric competition, but consequences on forest productivity are still indeterminate. In addition, the effect of <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality on productivity is likely to vary with <span class="hlt">species</span> shade-tolerance, a key ecological characteristic controlling asymmetric competition and light resource acquisition. Using plot data from the French National Geographic Agency, we studied the response of stand productivity to size inequality for ten forest <span class="hlt">species</span> differing in shade tolerance. We fitted a basal area stand production model that included abiotic factors, stand density, stand development stage and a <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality index. Then, using a forest dynamics model we explored whether mechanisms of light interception and light use efficiency could explain the <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality effect observed for three of the ten <span class="hlt">species</span> studied. Size inequality negatively affected basal area increment for seven out of the ten <span class="hlt">species</span> investigated. However, this effect was not related to the shade tolerance of these <span class="hlt">species</span>. According to the model simulations, the negative <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality effect could result both from reduced total stand light interception and reduced light use efficiency. Our results demonstrate that negative relationships between size inequality and productivity may be the rule in <span class="hlt">tree</span> populations. The lack of effect of shade tolerance indicates compensatory mechanisms between effect on light availability and response to light availability. Such a pattern deserves further investigations for mixed forests where complementarity effects between <span class="hlt">species</span> are involved. When studying the effect of structural diversity on ecosystem productivity, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality is a major facet that should be taken into account. PMID:26999820</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26999820','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26999820"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> Size Inequality Reduces Forest Productivity: An Analysis Combining Inventory Data for Ten European <span class="hlt">Species</span> and a Light Competition Model.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Bourdier, Thomas; Cordonnier, Thomas; Kunstler, Georges; Piedallu, Christian; Lagarrigues, Guillaume; Courbaud, Benoit</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Plant structural diversity is usually considered as beneficial for ecosystem functioning. For instance, numerous studies have reported positive <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity-productivity relationships in plant communities. However, other aspects of structural diversity such as individual size inequality have been far less investigated. In forests, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality impacts directly <span class="hlt">tree</span> growth and asymmetric competition, but consequences on forest productivity are still indeterminate. In addition, the effect of <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality on productivity is likely to vary with <span class="hlt">species</span> shade-tolerance, a key ecological characteristic controlling asymmetric competition and light resource acquisition. Using plot data from the French National Geographic Agency, we studied the response of stand productivity to size inequality for ten forest <span class="hlt">species</span> differing in shade tolerance. We fitted a basal area stand production model that included abiotic factors, stand density, stand development stage and a <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality index. Then, using a forest dynamics model we explored whether mechanisms of light interception and light use efficiency could explain the <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality effect observed for three of the ten <span class="hlt">species</span> studied. Size inequality negatively affected basal area increment for seven out of the ten <span class="hlt">species</span> investigated. However, this effect was not related to the shade tolerance of these <span class="hlt">species</span>. According to the model simulations, the negative <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality effect could result both from reduced total stand light interception and reduced light use efficiency. Our results demonstrate that negative relationships between size inequality and productivity may be the rule in <span class="hlt">tree</span> populations. The lack of effect of shade tolerance indicates compensatory mechanisms between effect on light availability and response to light availability. Such a pattern deserves further investigations for mixed forests where complementarity effects between <span class="hlt">species</span> are involved. When studying the effect of structural diversity on ecosystem productivity, <span class="hlt">tree</span> size inequality is a major facet that should be taken into account. PMID:26999820</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21378065','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21378065"><span id="translatedtitle">Nitrogen-fixing legume <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for the reclamation of severely degraded lands in Brazil.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chaer, Guilherme Montandon; Resende, Alexander Silva; Campello, Eduardo Francia Carneiro; de Faria, Sergio Miana; Boddey, Robert Michael</p> <p>2011-02-01</p> <p>The main challenges faced in the reclamation of severely degraded lands are in the management of the systems and finding plant <span class="hlt">species</span> that will grow under the harsh conditions common in degraded soils. This is especially important in extremely adverse situations found in some substrates from mining activities or soils that have lost their upper horizons. Under these conditions, recolonization of the area by native vegetation through natural succession processes may be extremely limited. Once the main physical and chemical factors restrictive to plant growth are corrected or attenuated, the introduction of leguminous <span class="hlt">trees</span> able to form symbioses with nodulating N₂-fixing bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi constitutes an efficient strategy to accelerate soil reclamation and initiate natural succession. These symbioses give the legume <span class="hlt">species</span> a superior capacity to grow quickly in poor substrates and to withstand the harsh conditions presented in degraded soils. In this article we describe several successful results in Brazil using N₂-fixing legume <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for reclamation of areas degraded by soil erosion, construction and mining activities, emphasizing the potential of the technique to recover soil organic matter levels and restore ecosystem biodiversity and other environmental functions. 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Oxygenated VOC (OVOC) are either directly emitted into the atmosphere or are produced there by oxidation of other hydrocarbons. Besides anthropogenic sources, the emission of OVOC by vegetation, particularly by forest ecosystems, is considered a major source of atmospheric OVOC. Exact numbers on emission rates from important <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> as well as production mechanisms that lead to the release of OVOC from leaves are, however, not known. In the present study, field campaigns were conducted in typical forest ecosystems in Germany in order to elucidate the spectrum and the amount of OVOC emitted by Central European <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Exchange data obtained were compared with physiological and meteorological parameters to obtain information on the factors controlling trace gas exchange. The field campaigns were accompanied by studies under controlled conditions in the laboratory. The poster presents data on carbonyl exchange between Picea abies, Fagus sylvatica, Carpinus betulus and other <span class="hlt">species</span> and the atmosphere and indicates plant internal and meteorological factors (temperature, ambient OVOC concentrations, light intensities, water supply, etc.) that may determine exchange rates.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26920488','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26920488"><span id="translatedtitle">Trans-<span class="hlt">species</span> variation in Dmrt1 is associated with sex determination in four European <span class="hlt">tree</span>-frog <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Brelsford, Alan; Dufresnes, Christophe; Perrin, Nicolas</p> <p>2016-04-01</p> <p>Empirical studies on the relative roles of occasional XY recombination versus sex-chromosome turnover in preventing sex-chromosome differentiation may shed light on the evolutionary forces acting on sex-determination systems. Signatures of XY recombination are difficult to distinguish from those of homologous transitions (i.e., transitions in sex-determination systems that keep sex-chromosome identity): both models predict X and Y alleles at sex-linked genes to cluster by <span class="hlt">species</span>. However, the XY-recombination model specifically predicts the reverse pattern (clustering by gametologs) for those genes that are directly involved in sex determination. Hence, the latter model can only be validated by identification of an ancestral sex-determining region (SDR) with trans-<span class="hlt">species</span> polymorphism associated to sex. Here we combine a candidate-gene approach with a genome scan to identify a small SDR shared by four <span class="hlt">species</span> of a monophyletic clade of European <span class="hlt">tree</span> frogs. This SDR encompasses at least the N-terminal part of Dmrt1 and immediate upstream sequences. Our findings provide definitive evidence that sex-chromosome homomorphy in this clade results only from XY recombination, and take an important step toward the identification of the sex-determining locus. Moreover, the sex-diagnostic markers we identify will enable research on environmental sex reversal in a wider range of frog <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26920488</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19910009823','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19910009823"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> hardened spacecraft insulation</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Steimer, Carlos H.</p> <p>1990-01-01</p> <p>A <span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> Hardened Spacecraft Multilayer Insulation (MLI) system was developed and implemented to meet diverse survivability and performance requirements. Within the definition and confines of a MLI assembly (blanket), the design: (1) provides environmental protection from natural and induced nuclear, thermal, and electromagnetic radiation; (2) provides adequate electrostatic discharge protection for a geosynchronous satellite; (3) provides adequate shielding to meet radiated emission needs; and (4) will survive ascent differential pressure loads between enclosed volume and space. The MLI design is described which meets these requirements and design evolution and verification is discussed. The application is for MLI blankets which closeout the area between the laser crosslink subsystem (LCS) equipment and the DSP spacecraft cabin. Ancillary needs were implemented to ease installation at launch facility and to survive ascent acoustic and vibration loads. Directional venting accommodations were also incorporated to avoid contamination of LCS telescope, spacecraft sensors, and second surface mirrors (SSMs).</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19930020554','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19930020554"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> satellite bus (MPS)</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p></p> <p>1991-01-01</p> <p>The Naval Postgraduate School Advanced Design Project sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association Advanced Design Program is a <span class="hlt">multipurpose</span> satellite bus (MPS). The design was initiated from a Statement of Work (SOW) developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The SOW called for a 'proposal to design a small, low-cost, lightweight, general purpose spacecraft bus capable of accommodating any of a variety of mission payloads. Typical payloads envisioned include those associated with meteorological, communication, surveillance and tracking, target location, and navigation mission areas.' The design project investigates two dissimilar missions, a meteorological payload and a communications payload, mated with a single spacecraft bus with minimal modifications. The MPS is designed for launch aboard the Pegasus Air Launched Vehicle (ALV) or the Taurus Standard Small Launch Vehicle (SSLV).</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/21322961','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/21322961"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> Compact Spectrometric Unit</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Bocarov, Viktor; Cermak, Pavel; Mamedov, Fadahat; Stekl, Ivan</p> <p>2009-11-09</p> <p>A new standalone compact spectrometer was developed. The device consists of analog (peamplifier, amplifier) and digital parts. The digital part is based on the 160 MIPS Digital Signal Processor. It contains 20 Msps Flash-ADC, 1 MB RAM for spectra storage, 128 KB Flash/ROM for firmware storage, Real Time Clock and several voltage regulators providing the power for user peripherals (e.g. amplifier, temperature sensors, etc.). Spectrometer is connected with a notebook via high-speed USB 2.0 bus. The spectrometer is <span class="hlt">multipurpose</span> device, which is planned to be used for measurements of Rn activities, energy of detected particles by CdTe pixel detector or for coincidence measurements.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15046839','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15046839"><span id="translatedtitle">Chemical and morphological characteristics of key <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of the Carpathian Mountains.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Mankovská, Blanka; Godzik, Barbara; Badea, Ovidiu; Shparyk, Yuri; Moravcík, Pavel</p> <p>2004-07-01</p> <p>Concentrations of Al, B, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, N, Na, P, S and Zn in the foliage of white fir (Abies alba), Norway spruce (Picea abies) and common beech (Fagus sylvatica) from 25 sites of the Carpathian Mts. forests (Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine) are discussed in a context of their limit values. S/N ratio was different from optimum in 90% of localities when compared with the European limit values. Likewise we found increase of Fe and Cu concentrations compared with their background levels in 100% of locations. Mn concentrations were increased in 76% of localities. Mn mobilization values indicate the disturbance of physiological balance leading to the change of the ratio with Fe. SEM-investigation of foliage waxes from 25 sites in the Carpathian Mts. showed, that there is a statistically significant difference in mean wax quality. Epistomatal waxes were damaged as indicated by increased development of net and amorphous waxes. The most damaged stomata in spruce needles were from Yablunitsa, Synevir and Brenna; in fir needles from Stoliky, and in beech leaves from Malá Fatra, Morské Oko and Beregomet. Spruce needles in the Carpathian Mts. had more damaged stomata than fir needles and beech leaves. Spruce seems to be the most sensitive <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to environmental stresses including air pollution in forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Foliage surfaces of three forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> contained Al, Si, Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Cl, Mn, Na, Ni and Ti in all studied localities. Presence of nutrition elements (Ca, Fe, Mg, K and Mn) on foliage surface hinders opening and closing stomata and it is not physiologically usable for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:15046839</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25947718','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25947718"><span id="translatedtitle">A new <span class="hlt">species</span> of <span class="hlt">tree</span> frog genus Rhacophorus from Sumatra, Indonesia Amphibia, Anura).</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hamidy, Amir; Kurniati, Hellen</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>A small-sized <span class="hlt">tree</span> frog of the genus Rhacophorus is described on the basis of 18 specimens collected from three different localities on Sumatra Island, Indonesia. Rhacophorus indonesiensis sp. nov. is divergent from all other Rhacophorus <span class="hlt">species</span> genetically and morphologically. The new <span class="hlt">species</span> is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of: the presence of black spots on the ventral surfaces of the hand and foot webbing, an absence of vomerine teeth, a venter with a white kite-shaped marking, raised white spots on the dorsum or on the head, and a reddish brown dorsum with irregular dark brown blotches and distinct black dots. With the addition of this new <span class="hlt">species</span>, fifteen <span class="hlt">species</span> of Rhacophorus are now known from Sumatra, the highest number of <span class="hlt">species</span> of this genus in the Sundaland region. However, with the increasing conversion of forest to oil palm cultivation or mining, the possibility of the extinction of newly described or as yet undiscovered <span class="hlt">species</span> is of great concern. PMID:25947718</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17669731','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17669731"><span id="translatedtitle">Dynamics of violaxanthin and lutein epoxide xanthophyll cycles in Lauraceae <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> under field conditions.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Esteban, Raquel; Jiménez, Eduardo T; Jiménez, M Soledad; Morales, Domingo; Hormaetxe, Koldobika; Becerril, José María; García-Plazaola, José Ignacio</p> <p>2007-10-01</p> <p>Two xanthophyll cycles have been described in higher plants: the violaxanthin xanthophyll (V or VAZ) cycle, which is present in all <span class="hlt">species</span>, and the taxonomically restricted lutein epoxide xanthophyll (Lx) cycle, which involves the light-induced de-epoxidation of Lx to lutein (L) and its epoxidation back to Lx in low light. Laboratory experiments indicate that the first reaction occurs quickly, but the second reaction is much slower. We investigated the Lx cycle under field conditions in several <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> of the Lauraceae family to determine its relationship with the ubiquitous V cycle. The field study was conducted in two natural laurel forests: one in the Canary Islands, where Laurus azorica (Seub.) Franco, Ocotea foetens (Aiton.) Benth, Apollonias barbujana (Cav.) Bornm. and Persea indica (L.) Spreng were studied; and one in the Basque Atlantic coast where Laurus nobilis L. was studied. The results were complemented by a taxonomic study. The presence of Lx was widespread among Lauraceae <span class="hlt">species</span>, but its concentration varied even among closely related <span class="hlt">species</span>. The V pool size correlated positively with growth irradiance, whereas the relationship between Lx pool size and growth irradiance varied with <span class="hlt">species</span>. A functional Lx cycle was confirmed under field conditions only in O. foetens and L. nobilis. Furthermore, in O. foetens, a correlation between Lx de-epoxidation and photoinhibition suggested a protective role for this cycle. We conclude that, unlike the V cycle, which is normally correlated with irradiance, the operation and light dependence of the Lx cycle is <span class="hlt">species</span>-dependent. PMID:17669731</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26910334','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26910334"><span id="translatedtitle">Naming Potentially Endangered Parasites: Foliicolous Mycobiota of Dimorphandra wilsonii, a Highly Threatened Brazilian <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>da Silva, Meiriele; Pinho, Danilo B; Pereira, Olinto L; Fernandes, Fernando M; Barreto, Robert W</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>A survey of foliicolous fungi associated with Dimorphandra wilsonii and Dimorphandra mollis (Fabaceae) was conducted in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Dimorphandra wilsonii is a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> native to the Brazilian Cerrado that is listed as critically endangered. Fungi strictly depending on this plant <span class="hlt">species</span> may be on the verge of co-extinction. Here, results of the pioneering description of this mycobiota are provided to contribute to the neglected field of microfungi conservation. The mycobiota of D. mollis, which is a common <span class="hlt">species</span> with a broad geographical distribution that co-occurs with D. wilsonii, was examined simultaneously to exclude fungal <span class="hlt">species</span> occurring on both <span class="hlt">species</span> from further consideration for conservation because microfungi associated with D. wilsonii should not be regarded as under threat of co-extinction. Fourteen ascomycete fungal <span class="hlt">species</span> were collected, identified, described and illustrated namely: Byssogene wilsoniae sp. nov., Geastrumia polystigmatis, Janetia dimorphandra-mollis sp. nov., Janetia wilsoniae sp. nov., Johansonia chapadiensis, Microcalliopsis dipterygis, Phillipsiella atra, Piricauda paraguayensis, Pseudocercospora dimorphandrae sp. nov., Pseudocercosporella dimorphandrae sp. nov., Ramichloridiopsis wilsoniae sp. and gen. nov., Stomiopeltis suttoniae, Trichomatomyces byrsonimae and Vesiculohyphomyces cerradensis. Three fungi were exclusively found on D. wilsonii and were regarded as potentially threatened of extinction: B. wilsoniae, J. wilsoniae and R. wilsoniae. PMID:26910334</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4766085','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4766085"><span id="translatedtitle">Naming Potentially Endangered Parasites: Foliicolous Mycobiota of Dimorphandra wilsonii, a Highly Threatened Brazilian <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>da Silva, Meiriele; Pinho, Danilo B.; Pereira, Olinto L.; Fernandes, Fernando M.; Barreto, Robert W.</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>A survey of foliicolous fungi associated with Dimorphandra wilsonii and Dimorphandra mollis (Fabaceae) was conducted in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Dimorphandra wilsonii is a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> native to the Brazilian Cerrado that is listed as critically endangered. Fungi strictly depending on this plant <span class="hlt">species</span> may be on the verge of co-extinction. Here, results of the pioneering description of this mycobiota are provided to contribute to the neglected field of microfungi conservation. The mycobiota of D. mollis, which is a common <span class="hlt">species</span> with a broad geographical distribution that co-occurs with D. wilsonii, was examined simultaneously to exclude fungal <span class="hlt">species</span> occurring on both <span class="hlt">species</span> from further consideration for conservation because microfungi associated with D. wilsonii should not be regarded as under threat of co-extinction. Fourteen ascomycete fungal <span class="hlt">species</span> were collected, identified, described and illustrated namely: Byssogene wilsoniae sp. nov., Geastrumia polystigmatis, Janetia dimorphandra-mollis sp. nov., Janetia wilsoniae sp. nov., Johansonia chapadiensis, Microcalliopsis dipterygis, Phillipsiella atra, Piricauda paraguayensis, Pseudocercospora dimorphandrae sp. nov., Pseudocercosporella dimorphandrae sp. nov., Ramichloridiopsis wilsoniae sp. and gen. nov., Stomiopeltis suttoniae, Trichomatomyces byrsonimae and Vesiculohyphomyces cerradensis. Three fungi were exclusively found on D. wilsonii and were regarded as potentially threatened of extinction: B. wilsoniae, J. wilsoniae and R. wilsoniae. PMID:26910334</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4347443','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4347443"><span id="translatedtitle">Tradeoffs between chilling and forcing in satisfying dormancy requirements for Pacific Northwest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Harrington, Constance A.; Gould, Peter J.</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Many temperate and boreal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> have a chilling requirement, that is, they need to experience cold temperatures during fall and winter to burst bud normally in the spring. Results from trials with 11 Pacific Northwest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are consistent with the concept that plants can accumulate both chilling and forcing units simultaneously during the dormant season and they exhibit a tradeoff between amount of forcing and chilling. That is, the parallel model of chilling and forcing was effective in predicting budburst and well chilled plants require less forcing for bud burst than plants which have received less chilling. Genotypes differed in the shape of the possibility line which describes the quantitative tradeoff between chilling and forcing units. Plants which have an obligate chilling requirement (Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western larch, pines, and true firs) and received no or very low levels of chilling did not burst bud normally even with long photoperiods. Pacific madrone and western redcedar benefited from chilling in terms of requiring less forcing to promote bud burst but many plants burst bud normally without chilling. Equations predicting budburst were developed for each <span class="hlt">species</span> in our trials for a portion of western North America under current climatic conditions and for 2080. Mean winter temperature was predicted to increase 3.2–5.5°C and this change resulted in earlier predicted budburst for Douglas-fir throughout much of our study area (up to 74 days earlier) but later budburst in some southern portions of its current range (up to 48 days later) as insufficient chilling is predicted to occur. Other <span class="hlt">species</span> all had earlier predicted dates of budburst by 2080 than currently. Recent warming trends have resulted in earlier budburst for some woody plant <span class="hlt">species</span>; however, the substantial winter warming predicted by some climate models will reduce future chilling in some locations such that budburst will not consistently occur earlier. PMID:25784922</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22367367','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22367367"><span id="translatedtitle">Effect of dust load on the leaf attributes of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> growing along the roadside.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chaturvedi, R K; Prasad, Shikha; Rana, Savita; Obaidullah, S M; Pandey, Vijay; Singh, Hema</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Dust is considered as one of the most widespread air pollutants. The objective of the study was to analyse the effect of dust load (DL) on the leaf attributes of the four <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> planted along the roadside at a low pollution Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus and a highly polluted industrial area (Chunar, Mirzapur) of India. The studied leaf attributes were: leaf area, specific leaf area (SLA), relative water content (RWC), leaf nitrogen content (LNC), leaf phosphorus content (LPC), chlorophyll content (Chl), maximum stomatal conductance (Gs(max)), maximum photosynthetic rate (A (max)) and intrinsic water-use efficiency (WUEi). Results showed significant effect of sites and <span class="hlt">species</span> for DL and the leaf attributes. Average DL across the four <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was greater at Chunar, whereas, the average values of leaf attributes were greater at the BHU campus. Maximum DL was observed for Tectona grandis at Chunar site and minimum for Syzygium cumini at BHU campus. Across the two sites, maximum value of SLA, Chl and Gs(max) were exhibited by S. cumini, whereas, the greatest value of RWC, LNC, LPC, A (max) and WUEi were observed in Anthocephalus cadamba. A. cadamba and S. cumini exhibited 28 and 27 times more dust accumulation, respectively, at the most polluted Chunar site as compared to the BHU campus. They also exhibited less reduction in A (max) due to dust deposition as compared to the other two <span class="hlt">species</span>. Therefore, both these <span class="hlt">species</span> may be promoted for plantation along the roadside of the sites having greater dust deposition. PMID:22367367</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25784922','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25784922"><span id="translatedtitle">Tradeoffs between chilling and forcing in satisfying dormancy requirements for Pacific Northwest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Harrington, Constance A; Gould, Peter J</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Many temperate and boreal <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> have a chilling requirement, that is, they need to experience cold temperatures during fall and winter to burst bud normally in the spring. Results from trials with 11 Pacific Northwest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are consistent with the concept that plants can accumulate both chilling and forcing units simultaneously during the dormant season and they exhibit a tradeoff between amount of forcing and chilling. That is, the parallel model of chilling and forcing was effective in predicting budburst and well chilled plants require less forcing for bud burst than plants which have received less chilling. Genotypes differed in the shape of the possibility line which describes the quantitative tradeoff between chilling and forcing units. Plants which have an obligate chilling requirement (Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western larch, pines, and true firs) and received no or very low levels of chilling did not burst bud normally even with long photoperiods. Pacific madrone and western redcedar benefited from chilling in terms of requiring less forcing to promote bud burst but many plants burst bud normally without chilling. Equations predicting budburst were developed for each <span class="hlt">species</span> in our trials for a portion of western North America under current climatic conditions and for 2080. Mean winter temperature was predicted to increase 3.2-5.5°C and this change resulted in earlier predicted budburst for Douglas-fir throughout much of our study area (up to 74 days earlier) but later budburst in some southern portions of its current range (up to 48 days later) as insufficient chilling is predicted to occur. Other <span class="hlt">species</span> all had earlier predicted dates of budburst by 2080 than currently. Recent warming trends have resulted in earlier budburst for some woody plant <span class="hlt">species</span>; however, the substantial winter warming predicted by some climate models will reduce future chilling in some locations such that budburst will not consistently occur earlier. PMID:25784922</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3926304','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3926304"><span id="translatedtitle">On the Biogeography of Centipeda: A <span class="hlt">Species-Tree</span> Diffusion Approach</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Nylinder, Stephan; Lemey, Philippe; De Bruyn, Mark; Suchard, Marc A.; Pfeil, Bernard E.; Walsh, Neville; Anderberg, Arne A.</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Reconstructing the biogeographic history of groups present in continuous arid landscapes is challenging due to the difficulties in defining discrete areas for analyses, and even more so when <span class="hlt">species</span> largely overlap both in terms of geography and habitat preference. In this study, we use a novel approach to estimate ancestral areas for the small plant genus Centipeda. We apply continuous diffusion of geography by a relaxed random walk where each <span class="hlt">species</span> is sampled from its extant distribution on an empirical distribution of time-calibrated <span class="hlt">species-trees</span>. Using a distribution of previously published substitution rates of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) for Asteraceae, we show how the evolution of Centipeda correlates with the temporal increase of aridity in the arid zone since the Pliocene. Geographic estimates of ancestral <span class="hlt">species</span> show a consistent pattern of speciation of early lineages in the Lake Eyre region, with a division in more northerly and southerly groups since ∼840 ka. Summarizing the geographic slices of <span class="hlt">species-trees</span> at the time of the latest speciation event (∼20 ka), indicates no presence of the genus in Australia west of the combined desert belt of the Nullabor Plain, the Great Victoria Desert, the Gibson Desert, and the Great Sandy Desert, or beyond the main continental shelf of Australia. The result indicates all western occurrences of the genus to be a result of recent dispersal rather than ancient vicariance. This study contributes to our understanding of the spatiotemporal processes shaping the flora of the arid zone, and offers a significant improvement in inference of ancestral areas for any organismal group distributed where it remains difficult to describe geography in terms of discrete areas. PMID:24335493</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26491055','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26491055"><span id="translatedtitle">Water availability as dominant control of heat stress responses in two contrasting <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ruehr, Nadine K; Gast, Andreas; Weber, Christina; Daub, Baerbel; Arneth, Almut</p> <p>2016-02-01</p> <p>Heat waves that trigger severe droughts are predicted to increase globally; however, we lack an understanding of how <span class="hlt">trees</span> respond to the combined change of extreme temperatures and water availability. Here, we studied the impacts of two consecutive heat waves as well as post-stress recovery in young Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco (Douglas-fir) and Robinia pseudoacacia L. (black locust) growing under controlled conditions. Responses were compared under water supply close to the long-term average and under reduced irrigation to represent drought. Exposure to high temperatures (+10 °C above ambient) and vapour pressure deficit strongly affected the <span class="hlt">trees</span> in terms of water relations, photosynthesis and growth. Douglas-fir used water resources conservatively, and transpiration decreased in response to mild soil water limitation. In black locust, heat stress led to pronounced <span class="hlt">tree</span> water deficits (stem diameter shrinkage), accompanied by leaf shedding to alleviate stress on the hydraulic system. The importance of water availability during the heat waves became further apparent by a concurrent decline in photosynthesis and stomatal conductance with increasing leaf temperatures in both <span class="hlt">species</span>, reaching the lowest rates in the heat-drought treatments. Stress severity determined both the speed and the amount of recovery. Upon release of stress, photosynthesis recovered rapidly in drought-treated black locust, while it remained below control rates in heat (t = -2.4, P < 0.05) and heat-drought stressed <span class="hlt">trees</span> (t = 2.96, P < 0.05). In Douglas-fir, photosynthesis recovered quickly, while water-use efficiency increased in heat-drought <span class="hlt">trees</span> because stomatal conductance remained reduced (t = -2.92, P < 0.05). Moreover, Douglas-fir was able to compensate for stem-growth reductions following heat (-40%) and heat-drought stress (-68%), but most likely at the expense of storage and other growth processes. Our results highlight the importance of studying heat waves alongside changes in water availability. They further suggest that we should look beyond the actual stress event to identify lagged effects and acclimation processes that may determine <span class="hlt">tree</span> resilience in the long term. PMID:26491055</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFMGC53C0547M','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFMGC53C0547M"><span id="translatedtitle">Selection bias in <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution models: An econometric approach on forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> based on structural modeling</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Martin-StPaul, N. K.; Ay, J. S.; Guillemot, J.; Doyen, L.; Leadley, P.</p> <p>2014-12-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Species</span> distribution models (SDMs) are widely used to study and predict the outcome of global changes on <span class="hlt">species</span>. In human dominated ecosystems the presence of a given <span class="hlt">species</span> is the result of both its ecological suitability and human footprint on nature such as land use choices. Land use choices may thus be responsible for a selection bias in the presence/absence data used in SDM calibration. We present a structural modelling approach (i.e. based on structural equation modelling) that accounts for this selection bias. The new structural <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution model (SSDM) estimates simultaneously land use choices and <span class="hlt">species</span> responses to bioclimatic variables. A land use equation based on an econometric model of landowner choices was joined to an equation of <span class="hlt">species</span> response to bioclimatic variables. SSDM allows the residuals of both equations to be dependent, taking into account the possibility of shared omitted variables and measurement errors. We provide a general description of the statistical theory and a set of applications on forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> over France using databases of climate and forest inventory at different spatial resolution (from 2km to 8km). We also compared the outputs of the SSDM with outputs of a classical SDM (i.e. Biomod ensemble modelling) in terms of bioclimatic response curves and potential distributions under current climate and climate change scenarios. The shapes of the bioclimatic response curves and the modelled <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution maps differed markedly between SSDM and classical SDMs, with contrasted patterns according to <span class="hlt">species</span> and spatial resolutions. The magnitude and directions of these differences were dependent on the correlations between the errors from both equations and were highest for higher spatial resolutions. A first conclusion is that the use of classical SDMs can potentially lead to strong miss-estimation of the actual and future probability of presence modelled. Beyond this selection bias, the SSDM we propose represents a crucial step to account for economic constraints on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> distributions that will help to assess the trade-offs and opportunities arising from global changes and refine adaptive management strategies.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20597292','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20597292"><span id="translatedtitle">Impacts of individual <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on carbon dynamics in a moist tropical forest environment.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Russell, Ann E; Raich, James W; Arrieta, Ricardo Bedoya; Valverde-Barrantes, Oscar; González, Eugenio</p> <p>2010-06-01</p> <p>In the moist tropical forest biome, which cycles carbon (C) rapidly and stores huge amounts of C, the impacts of individual <span class="hlt">species</span> on C balances are not well known. In one of the earliest replicated experimental sites for investigating growth of native tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>, we examined traits of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in relation to their effects on forest C balances, mechanisms of influence, and consequences for C sequestration. The monodominant stands, established in abandoned pasture in 1988 at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, contained five <span class="hlt">species</span> in a complete randomized block design. Native <span class="hlt">species</span> were: Hieronyma alchorneoides, Pentaclethra macroloba, Virola koschnyi, and Vochysia guatemalensis. The exotic <span class="hlt">species</span> was Pinus patula. By 16 years, the lack of differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> in some attributes suggested strong abiotic control in this environment, where conditions are very favorable for growth, These attributes included aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP), averaging 11.7 Mg C x ha(-1) x yr(-1) across <span class="hlt">species</span>, and soil organic C (0-100 cm, 167 Mg C/ha). Other traits differed significantly, however, indicating some degree of biological control. In Vochysia plots, both aboveground biomass of 99 Mg C/ha, and belowground biomass of 20 Mg C/ha were 1.8 times that of Virola (P = 0.02 and 0.03, respectively). Differences among <span class="hlt">species</span> in overstory biomass were not compensated by understory vegetation. Belowground NPP of 4.6 Mg C x ha(-1) yr(-1) in Hieronyma was 2.4 times that of Pinus (P < 0.01). Partitioning of NPP to belowground components in Hieronyma was more than double that of Pinus (P = 0.03). The canopy turnover rate in Hieronyma was 42% faster than that of Virola (P < 0.01). Carbon sequestration, highest in Vochysia (7.4 Mg C x ha(-1) x yr(-1), P = 0.02), averaged 5.2 Mg C x ha(-1) x yr(-1), close to the annual per capita fossil fuel use in the United States of 5.3 Mg C. Our results indicated that differences in <span class="hlt">species</span> effects on forest C balances were related primarily to differences in growth rates, partitioning of C among biomass components, tissue turnover rates, and tissue chemistry. Inclusion of those biological attributes may be critical for robust modeling of C cycling across the moist tropical forest biome. PMID:20597292</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3502455','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3502455"><span id="translatedtitle">Historical Human Footprint on Modern <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition in the Purus-Madeira Interfluve, Central Amazonia</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Levis, Carolina; de Souza, Priscila Figueira; Schietti, Juliana; Emilio, Thaise; Pinto, José Luiz Purri da Veiga; Clement, Charles R.; Costa, Flavia R. C.</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Background Native Amazonian populations managed forest resources in numerous ways, often creating oligarchic forests dominated by useful <span class="hlt">trees</span>. The scale and spatial distribution of forest modification beyond pre-Columbian settlements is still unknown, although recent studies propose that human impact away from rivers was minimal. We tested the hypothesis that past human management of the useful <span class="hlt">tree</span> community decreases with distance from rivers. Methodology/Principal Findings In six sites, we inventoried <span class="hlt">trees</span> and palms with DBH≥10 cm and collected soil for charcoal analysis; we also mapped archaeological evidence around the sites. To quantify forest manipulation, we measured the relative abundance, richness and basal area of useful <span class="hlt">trees</span> and palms. We found a strong negative exponential relationship between forest manipulation and distance to large rivers. Plots located from 10 to 20 km from a main river had 20–40% useful arboreal <span class="hlt">species</span>, plots between 20 and 40 km had 12–23%, plots more than 40 km had less than 15%. Soil charcoal abundance was high in the two sites closest to secondary rivers, suggesting past agricultural practices. The shortest distance between archaeological evidence and plots was found in sites near rivers. Conclusions/Significance These results strongly suggest that past forest manipulation was not limited to the pre-Columbian settlements along major rivers, but extended over interfluvial areas considered to be primary forest today. The sustainable use of Amazonian forests will be most effective if it considers the degree of past landscape domestication, as human-modified landscapes concentrate useful plants for human sustainable use and management today. PMID:23185264</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15059769','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15059769"><span id="translatedtitle">Patterns of leaf conductance and water potential of five Himalayan <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Poudyal, K; Jha, P K; Zobel, D B; Thapa, C B</p> <p>2004-06-01</p> <p>We studied variations in water relations and drought response in five Himalayan <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Schima wallichii (DC.) Korth. (chilaune) and Castanopsis indica (Roxb.) Miq. (dhale katus) at an elevation of 1400 m, Quercus lanata Smith (banjh) and Rhododendron arboreum Smith (lali gurans) at 2020 m, and Quercus semecarpifolia Smith (khasru) at 2130 m) at Phulchowki Hill, Kathmandu, Nepal. Soil water potential at 15 (Psi(s15)) and 30 cm (Psi(s30)) depths, <span class="hlt">tree</span> water potential at predawn (Psi(pd)) and midday (Psi(md)), and leaf conductance during the morning (g(wAM)) and afternoon (g(wPM)) were observed from December 1998 to April 2001, except during the monsoon months. There was significant variation among sites, <span class="hlt">species</span> and months in Psi(pd), Psi(md), g(wAM) and g(wPM), and among months for all <span class="hlt">species</span> for Psi(s15). Mean Psi(pd) and Psi(md) were lowest in Q. semecarpifolia (-0.40 and -1.18 MPa, respectively) and highest in S. wallichii (-0.20 and -0.63 MPa, respectively). The minimum Psi value for all <span class="hlt">species</span> (-0.70 to -1.79 MPa) was observed in March 1999, after 4 months of unusually low rainfall. Some patterns of Psi(pd) were related to phenology and leaf damage. During leafing, Psi(pd) often increased. Mean g(wAM) and g(wPM) were highest in Q. semecarpifolia (172 and 190 mmol m(-2) s(-1), respectively) and lowest in C. indica (78 and 74 mmol m(-2) s(-1), respectively). Soil water potential (Psi) at 15 cm depth correlated with plant Psi in all <span class="hlt">species</span>, but rarely with g(wAM) and not with g(wPM). Plant Psi declined with increasing elevation, whereas g(w) increased. As Psi(pd) declined, so did maximal g(w), but overall, g(w) was correlated with Psi(pd) only for R. arboreum. Schima wallichii maintained high Psi, with low stomatal conductance, as did Castanopsis indica, except that C. indica had low Psi during dry months. Rhododendron arboreum maintained high Psi(pd) and g(w), despite low soil Psi. Quercus lanata had low g(w) and low Psi(pd) in some months, but showed no correlation between <span class="hlt">tree</span> Psi and g(w). Quercus semecarpifolia, which grows at the highest elevation, had low soil and plant Psi and high g(w). PMID:15059769</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17169902','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17169902"><span id="translatedtitle">Interannual consistency in canopy stomatal conductance control of leaf water potential across seven <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ewers, B E; Mackay, D S; Samanta, S</p> <p>2007-01-01</p> <p>We investigated interannual variability of canopy transpiration per unit ground area (E (C)) and per unit leaf area (E (L)) across seven <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in northern Wisconsin over two years. These <span class="hlt">species</span> have previously been shown to be sufficient to upscale stand-level transpiration to the landscape level during one growing season. Our objective was to test whether a simple plant hydraulic model could capture interannual variation in transpiration. Three <span class="hlt">species</span>, wetland balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill), basswood (Tilia Americana L.) and speckled alder (Alnus rugosa (DuRoi) Spreng), had no change in E (C) or E (L) between 2000 and 2001. Red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait) had a 57 and 19% increase in E (C) and E (L), respectively, and sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh) had an 83 and 41% increase in E (C) and E (L), respectively, from 2000 to 2001. Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx) had a 50 and 21% decrease in E (C) and E (L), respectively, from 2000 to 2001 in response to complete defoliation by forest tent caterpillar (Malascoma distria Hüber) and subsequent lower total leaf area index of the reflushed foliage. White cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) had a 20% decrease in both E (C) and E (L) caused by lowered surface water in wetlands in 2001 because of lower precipitation and wetland flow management. Upland A. balsamea increased E (L) and E (C) by 55 and 53%, respectively, as a result of release from light competition of the defoliated, overstory P. tremuloides. We hypothesized that regardless of different drivers of interannual variability in E (C) and E (L), minimum leaf water potential would be regulated at the same value. Minimum midday water potentials were consistent over the two years within each of the seven <span class="hlt">species</span> despite large changes in transpiration between years. This regulation was independently verified by the exponential saturation between daily E (C) and vapor pressure deficit (D) and the tradeoff between a reference canopy stomatal conductance (G (S)) and the sensitivity of G (S) to D, indicating that <span class="hlt">trees</span> with high G (S) must decrease G (S) in response to atmospheric drought faster than <span class="hlt">trees</span> with low G (S). Our results show that models of forest canopy transpiration can be simplified by incorporating G (S) regulation of minimum leaf water potential for isohydric <span class="hlt">species</span>. 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This has made comprehensive mapping of regional distributions of sensitive <span class="hlt">species</span>, such as whitebark pine, either impractical or extremely time consuming. We sought to determine whether using a combination of moderate resolution satellite imagery (Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus), extensive stand data collected by land management agencies for other purposes, and modern statistical classification techniques (boosted classification <span class="hlt">trees</span>) could result in successful mapping of whitebark pine. Overall classification accuracies exceeded 90%, with similar individual class accuracies. Accuracies on a localized basis varied based on elevation. Accuracies also varied among administrative units, although we were not able to determine whether these differences related to inherent spatial variations or differences in the quality of available reference data.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3708130','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3708130"><span id="translatedtitle">Interspecific coordination and intraspecific plasticity of fine root traits in North American temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Tobner, Cornelia M.; Paquette, Alain; Messier, Christian</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Fine roots play an important role in nutrient and water absorption and hence overall <span class="hlt">tree</span> performance. However, current understanding of the ecological role of belowground traits lags considerably behind those of aboveground traits. In this study, we used data on specific root length (SRL), fine root diameter (D) and branching intensity (BI) of two datasets to examine interspecific trait coordination as well as intraspecific trait variation across ontogenetic stage and soil conditions (i.e., plasticity). The first dataset included saplings of 12 North American temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> grown in monocultures in a common garden experiment to examine interspecific trait coordination. The second dataset included adult and juvenile individuals of four <span class="hlt">species</span> (present in both datasets) co-occurring in natural forests on contrasting soils (i.e., humid organic, mesic, and xeric podzolic).The three fine root traits investigated were strongly coordinated, with high SRL being related to low D and high BI. Fine root traits and aboveground life-strategies (i.e., relative growth rate) were weakly coordinated and never significant. Intraspecific responses to changes in ontogenetic stage or soil conditions were trait dependent. SRL was significantly higher in juveniles compared to adults for Abies balsamea and Acer rubrum, but did not vary with soil condition. BI did not vary significantly with either ontogeny or soil conditions, while D was generally significantly lower in juveniles and higher in humid organic soils. D also had the least total variability most of which was due to changes in the environment (plasticity). This study brings support for the emerging evidence for interspecific root trait coordination in <span class="hlt">trees</span>. It also indicates that intraspecific responses to both ontogeny and soil conditions are trait dependent and less concerted. D appears to be a better indicator of environmental change than SRL and BI. PMID:23874347</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4139366','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4139366"><span id="translatedtitle">Positive Effects of Plant Genotypic and <span class="hlt">Species</span> Diversity on Anti-Herbivore Defenses in a Tropical <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Moreira, Xoaquín; Abdala-Roberts, Luis; Parra-Tabla, Víctor; Mooney, Kailen A.</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Despite increasing evidence that plant intra- and inter-specific diversity increases primary productivity, and that such effect may in turn cascade up to influence herbivores, there is little information about plant diversity effects on plant anti-herbivore defenses, the relative importance of different sources of plant diversity, and the mechanisms for such effects. For example, increased plant growth at high diversity may lead to reduced investment in defenses via growth-defense trade-offs. Alternatively, positive effects of plant diversity on plant growth may lead to increased herbivore abundance which in turn leads to a greater investment in plant defenses. The magnitude of trait variation underlying diversity effects is usually greater among <span class="hlt">species</span> than among genotypes within a given <span class="hlt">species</span>, so plant <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity effects on resource use by producers as well as on higher trophic levels should be stronger than genotypic diversity effects. Here we compared the relative importance of plant genotypic and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity on anti-herbivore defenses and whether such effects are mediated indirectly via diversity effects on plant growth and/or herbivore damage. To this end, we performed a large-scale field experiment where we manipulated genotypic diversity of big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity, and measured effects on mahogany growth, damage by the stem-boring specialist caterpillar Hypsipyla grandella, and defensive traits (polyphenolics and condensed tannins in stem and leaves). We found that both forms of plant diversity had positive effects on stem (but not leaf) defenses. However, neither source of diversity influenced mahogany growth, and diversity effects on defenses were not mediated by either growth-defense trade-offs or changes in stem-borer damage. Although the mechanism(s) of diversity effects on plant defenses are yet to be determined, our study is one of the few to test for and show producer diversity effects on plant chemical defenses. PMID:25141305</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25141305','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25141305"><span id="translatedtitle">Positive effects of plant genotypic and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity on anti-herbivore defenses in a tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Moreira, Xoaquín; Abdala-Roberts, Luis; Parra-Tabla, Víctor; Mooney, Kailen A</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>Despite increasing evidence that plant intra- and inter-specific diversity increases primary productivity, and that such effect may in turn cascade up to influence herbivores, there is little information about plant diversity effects on plant anti-herbivore defenses, the relative importance of different sources of plant diversity, and the mechanisms for such effects. For example, increased plant growth at high diversity may lead to reduced investment in defenses via growth-defense trade-offs. Alternatively, positive effects of plant diversity on plant growth may lead to increased herbivore abundance which in turn leads to a greater investment in plant defenses. The magnitude of trait variation underlying diversity effects is usually greater among <span class="hlt">species</span> than among genotypes within a given <span class="hlt">species</span>, so plant <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity effects on resource use by producers as well as on higher trophic levels should be stronger than genotypic diversity effects. Here we compared the relative importance of plant genotypic and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity on anti-herbivore defenses and whether such effects are mediated indirectly via diversity effects on plant growth and/or herbivore damage. To this end, we performed a large-scale field experiment where we manipulated genotypic diversity of big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity, and measured effects on mahogany growth, damage by the stem-boring specialist caterpillar Hypsipyla grandella, and defensive traits (polyphenolics and condensed tannins in stem and leaves). We found that both forms of plant diversity had positive effects on stem (but not leaf) defenses. However, neither source of diversity influenced mahogany growth, and diversity effects on defenses were not mediated by either growth-defense trade-offs or changes in stem-borer damage. Although the mechanism(s) of diversity effects on plant defenses are yet to be determined, our study is one of the few to test for and show producer diversity effects on plant chemical defenses. PMID:25141305</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3989313','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3989313"><span id="translatedtitle">Chimpanzees Preferentially Select Sleeping Platform Construction <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> with Biomechanical Properties that Yield Stable, Firm, but Compliant Nests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Samson, David R.; Hunt, Kevin D.</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>The daily construction of a sleeping platform or “nest” is a universal behavior among large-bodied hominoids. Among chimpanzees, most populations consistently select particular <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> for nesting, yet the principles that guide <span class="hlt">species</span> preferences are poorly understood. At Semliki, Cynometra alexandri constitutes only 9.6% of all <span class="hlt">trees</span> in the gallery forest in which the study populations ranges, but it was selected for 73.6% of the 1,844 chimpanzee night beds we sampled. To determine whether physical properties influence nesting site selection, we measured the physical characteristics of seven common <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> at the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda. We determined stiffness and bending strength for a sample of 326 branches from the seven most commonly used <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. We selected test-branches with diameters typically used for nest construction. We measured internode distance, calculated mean leaf surface area (cm2) and assigned a <span class="hlt">tree</span> architecture category to each of the seven <span class="hlt">species</span>. C. alexandri fell at the extreme of the sample for all four variables and shared a <span class="hlt">tree</span> architecture with only one other of the most commonly selected <span class="hlt">species</span>. C. alexandri was the stiffest and had the greatest bending strength; it had the smallest internode distance and the smallest leaf surface area. C. alexandri and the second most commonly selected <span class="hlt">species</span>, Cola gigantea, share a ‘Model of Koriba’ <span class="hlt">tree</span> architecture. We conclude that chimpanzees are aware of the structural properties of C. alexandri branches and choose it because its properties afford chimpanzees sleeping platforms that are firm, stable and resilient. PMID:24740283</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26079260','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26079260"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span>-Specific Effects on Throughfall Kinetic Energy in Subtropical Forest Plantations Are Related to Leaf Traits and <span class="hlt">Tree</span> Architecture.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Goebes, Philipp; Bruelheide, Helge; Härdtle, Werner; Kröber, Wenzel; Kühn, Peter; Li, Ying; Seitz, Steffen; von Oheimb, Goddert; Scholten, Thomas</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Soil erosion is a key threat to many ecosystems, especially in subtropical China where high erosion rates occur. While the mechanisms that induce soil erosion on agricultural land are well understood, soil erosion processes in forests have rarely been studied. Throughfall kinetic energy (TKE) is influenced in manifold ways and often determined by the <span class="hlt">tree</span>'s leaf and architectural traits. We investigated the role of <span class="hlt">species</span> identity in mono-specific stands on TKE by asking to what extent TKE is <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific and which leaf and architectural traits account for variation in TKE. We measured TKE of 11 different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> planted in monocultures in a biodiversity-ecosystem-functioning experiment in subtropical China, using sand-filled splash cups during five natural rainfall events in summer 2013. In addition, 14 leaf and <span class="hlt">tree</span> architectural traits were measured and linked to TKE. Our results showed that TKE was highly <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific. Highest TKE was found below Choerospondias axillaris and Sapindus saponaria, while Schima superba showed lowest TKE. These <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific effects were mediated by leaf habit, leaf area (LA), leaf pinnation, leaf margin, stem diameter at ground level (GD), crown base height (CBH), <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, number of branches and leaf area index (LAI) as biotic factors and throughfall as abiotic factor. Among these, leaf habit, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height and LA showed the highest effect sizes on TKE and can be considered as major drivers of TKE. TKE was positively influenced by LA, GD, CBH, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, LAI, and throughfall amount while it was negatively influenced by the number of branches. TKE was lower in evergreen, simple leaved and dentate leaved than in deciduous, pinnated or entire leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>. Our results clearly showed that soil erosion in forest plantations can be mitigated by the appropriate choice of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26079260</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21560675','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21560675"><span id="translatedtitle">Above- and belowground interactions drive habitat segregation between two cryptic <span class="hlt">species</span> of tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Pizano, Camila; Mangan, Scott A; Herre, Edward Allen; Eom, Ahn-Heum; Dalling, James W</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>In the lowlands of central Panama, the Neotropical pioneer <span class="hlt">tree</span> Trema micrantha (sensu lato) exists as two cryptic <span class="hlt">species</span>: "landslide" Trema is restricted to landslides and road embankments, while "gap" Trema occurs mostly in treefall gaps. In this study, we explored the relative contributions of biotic interactions and physical factors to habitat segregation in T. micrantha. Field surveys showed that soils from landslides were significantly richer in available phosphorus and harbored distinct arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) communities compared to gap soils. Greenhouse experiments designed to determine the effect of these abiotic and biotic differences showed that: (1) both landslide and gap <span class="hlt">species</span> performed better in sterilized soil from their own habitat, (2) the availability of phosphorus and nitrogen was limiting in gap and landslide soils, respectively, (3) a standardized AMF inoculum increased performance of both <span class="hlt">species</span>, but primarily on gap soils, and (4) landslide and gap <span class="hlt">species</span> performed better when sterilized soils were inoculated with the microbial inoculum from their own habitat. A field experiment confirmed that survival and growth of each <span class="hlt">species</span> was highest in its corresponding habitat. This experiment also showed that browsing damage significantly decreased survival of gap Trema on landslides. We conclude that belowground interactions with soil microbes and aboveground interactions with herbivores contribute in fundamental ways to processes that may promote and reinforce adaptive speciation. PMID:21560675</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25797923','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25797923"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> phylogeny and biogeography of the Neotropical genus Pradosia (Sapotaceae, Chrysophylloideae).</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Terra-Araujo, Mário H; de Faria, Aparecida D; Vicentini, Alberto; Nylinder, Stephan; Swenson, Ulf</p> <p>2015-06-01</p> <p>Recent phylogenetic studies in Sapotaceae have demonstrated that many genera need to be redefined to better correspond to natural groups. The Neotropical genus Pradosia is believed to be monophyletic and includes 26 recognized <span class="hlt">species</span>. Here we reconstruct the generic phylogeny by a <span class="hlt">species-tree</span> approach using (∗)BEAST, 21 recognized <span class="hlt">species</span> (36 accessions), sequence data from three nuclear markers (ITS, ETS, and RPB2), a relaxed lognormal clock model, and a fossil calibration. We explore the evolution of five selected morphological characters, reconstruct the evolution of habitat (white-sand vs. clayish soils) preference, as well as space and time by using a recently developed continuous diffusion model in biogeography. We find Pradosia to be monophyletic in its current circumscription and to have originated in the Amazon basin at ∼47.5Ma. Selected morphological characters are useful to readily distinguish three clades. Preferences to white-sand and/or clay are somewhat important for the majority of <span class="hlt">species</span>, but speciation has not been powered by habitat shifts. Pradosia brevipes is a relative young <span class="hlt">species</span> (∼1.3Ma) that has evolved a unique geoxylic life strategy within Pradosia and is restricted to savannahs. Molecular dating and phylogenetic pattern indicate that Pradosia reached the Brazilian Atlantic coast at least three times: at 34.4Ma (P. longipedicellata), at 11.7Ma (P. kuhlmannii), and at 3.9Ma (weakly supported node within the red-flowered clade). PMID:25797923</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25230473','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25230473"><span id="translatedtitle">Variability in root production, phenology, and turnover rate among 12 temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>McCormack, M Luke; Adams, Thomas S; Smithwick, Erica A H; Eissenstat, David M</p> <p>2014-08-01</p> <p>The timing of fine root production and turnover strongly influences both the seasonal potential for soil resource acquisition among competing root systems and the plant fluxes of root carbon into soil pools. However, basic patterns and variability in the rates and timing or fine root production and turnover are generally unknown among perennial plants <span class="hlt">species</span>. We address this shortfall using a heuristic model relating root phenology to turnover together with three years of minirhizotron observations of root dynamics in 12 temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> grown in a common garden. We specifically investigated how the amount and the timing of root production differ among <span class="hlt">species</span> and how they impact estimates of fine root turnover. Across the 12 <span class="hlt">species</span>, there was wide variation in the timing of root production with some <span class="hlt">species</span> producing a single root flush in early summer and others producing roots either more uniformly over the growing season or in multiple pulses. Additionally, the pattern and timing of root production appeared to be consistent across years for some <span class="hlt">species</span> but varied in others. Root turnover rate was related to total root production (P < 0.001) as <span class="hlt">species</span> with greater root production typically had faster root turnover rates. We also found that, within <span class="hlt">species</span>, annual root production varied up to a threefold increase between years, which led to large interannual differences in turnover rate. Results from the heuristic model indicated that shifting the pattern or timing of root production can impact estimates of root turnover rates for root populations with life spans less than one year while estimates of root turnover rate for longer lived roots were unaffected by changes in root phenology. Overall, we suggest that more detailed observations of root phenology and production will improve fidelity of root turnover estimates. Future efforts should link patterns of root phenology and production with whole-plant life history traits and variation in annual and seasonal climate. PMID:25230473</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/6619422','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/6619422"><span id="translatedtitle">Growth and photosynthesis of seedling of five bottom land <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> following nutrient enrichment</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Vaitkus, M.R.; Ciravolo, T.G.; McLeod, K.W.; Mavity, E.M.; Novak, K.L. )</p> <p>1993-01-01</p> <p>Land management practices are increasingly focusing on the use of native plant communities to filter wastewater. Nutrient uptake from these effluents may affect overall growth and physiology. We examined the effects of increased nutrient levels on the seedlings of five <span class="hlt">species</span> of bottomland <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Seedlings of Carpinus caroliniana Walter. (hornbeam), Pinus serotina Michaux (pond pine), Acer rubrum L. (red maple), Quercus michauxii Nuttall (swamp chestnut oak), and Q, nigra L. (water oak) were grown outside in full sun under six levels of nutrient enrichment. During the 3rd growing season, height, component biomass, total biomass, net photosynthesis per unit leaf area and foliar nitrogen concentrations were determined. Height and total biomass of all <span class="hlt">species</span> increased from low to high nutrient levels, with A. rubrum and P. serotina exhibiting the highest rates of increase. Biomass and foliar nitrogen relationships suggested differing patterns of nutrient uptake and use among the <span class="hlt">species</span>. Acer rubrum, C. caroliniana and Q. michauxii used all nitrogen taken up for growth. Pinus serotina showed an accumulation of foliar nitrogen with a rapid rate of growth. Wuercus nigra grew more slowly. The effect of nutrient level on net photosynthesis was variable and <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific. Only W. nigra and A. rubrum showed a positive relationship. Net photosynthesis and foliar nitrogen showed no clear relationship among individual <span class="hlt">species</span>, although a regression of all <span class="hlt">species</span> together showed net photosynthesis to be positively correlated to foliar nitrogen. In a natural setting, the biomass response of A. rubrum and P. serotina, along with a corresponding increase height, could give seedlings of these <span class="hlt">species</span> a competitive advantage in capturing light or tolerating floods. Differential responses may thus alter the competitive relationships of these five <span class="hlt">species</span> in nutrient-enriched bottomland forest communities. 37 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012IJBm...56..153F','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012IJBm...56..153F"><span id="translatedtitle">Bayesian calibration of the Unified budburst model in six temperate <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span></span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Fu, Yongshuo H.; Campioli, Matteo; Demarée, Gaston; Deckmyn, Alex; Hamdi, Rafiq; Janssens, Ivan A.; Deckmyn, Gaby</p> <p>2012-01-01</p> <p>Numerous phenology models developed to predict the budburst date of <span class="hlt">trees</span> have been merged into one Unified model (Chuine, 2000, J. Theor. Biol. 207, 337-347). In this study, we tested a simplified version of the Unified model (Unichill model) on six woody <span class="hlt">species</span>. Budburst and temperature data were available for five sites across Belgium from 1957 to 1995. We calibrated the Unichill model using a Bayesian calibration procedure, which reduced the uncertainty of the parameter coefficients and quantified the prediction uncertainty. The model performance differed among <span class="hlt">species</span>. For two <span class="hlt">species</span> (chestnut and black locust), the model showed good performance when tested against independent data not used for calibration. For the four other <span class="hlt">species</span> (beech, oak, birch, ash), the model performed poorly. Model performance improved substantially for most <span class="hlt">species</span> when using site-specific parameter coefficients instead of across-site parameter coefficients. This suggested that budburst is influenced by local environment and/or genetic differences among populations. Chestnut, black locust and birch were found to be temperature-driven <span class="hlt">species</span>, and we therefore analyzed the sensitivity of budburst date to forcing temperature in those three <span class="hlt">species</span>. Model results showed that budburst advanced with increasing temperature for 1-3 days °C-1, which agreed with the observed trends. In synthesis, our results suggest that the Unichill model can be successfully applied to chestnut and black locust (with both across-site and site-specific calibration) and to birch (with site-specific calibration). For other <span class="hlt">species</span>, temperature is not the only determinant of budburst and additional influencing factors will need to be included in the model.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22285658','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22285658"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaves of Lolium multiflorum 'Lema' and tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> as biomonitors of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Rinaldi, Mirian C S; Domingos, Marisa; Dias, Ana P L; Esposito, Jéssica B N; Pagliuso, Josmar D</p> <p>2012-05-01</p> <p>This study extends the current knowledge regarding the use of plants for the passive accumulation of anthropogenic PAHs that are present in the atmospheric total suspended particles (TSP) in the tropics and sub-tropics. It is of major relevance because the anthropic emissions of TSP containing PAHs are significant in these regions, but their monitoring is still scarce. We compared the biomonitor efficiency of Lolium multiflorum 'Lema' and tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Tibouchina pulchra and Psidium guajava 'Paluma') that were growing in an intensely TSP-polluted site in Cubatão (SE Brazil), and established the <span class="hlt">species</span> with the highest potential for alternative monitoring of PAHs. PAHs present in the TSP indicated that the region is impacted by various emission sources. L. multiflorum showed a greater efficiency for the accumulation of PAH compounds on their leaves than the tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>. The linear regression between the logBCF and logKoa revealed that L. multiflorum is an efficient biomonitor of the profile of light and heavy PAHs present in the particulate phase of the atmosphere during dry weather and mild temperatures. The grass should be used only for indicating the PAHs with higher molecular weight in warmer and wetter periods. PMID:22285658</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014ESASP.724E.124E','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014ESASP.724E.124E"><span id="translatedtitle">Comparison of Different EO Sensors for Mapping <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>- A Case Study in Southwest Germany</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Enβle, Fabian; Kattenborn, Teja; Koch, Barbara</p> <p>2014-11-01</p> <p>The variety of different remote sensing sensors and thus the types of data specifications which are available is increasing continuously. Especially the differences in geometric, radiometric and temporal resolutions of different platforms affect their ability for the mapping of forests. These differences hinder the comparability and application of uniform methods of different remotely sensed data across the same region of interest. The quality and quantity of retrieved forest parameters is directly dependent on the data source, and therefore the objective of this project is to analyse the relationship between the data source and its derived parameters. A comparison of different optical EO-data (e.g. spatial resolution and spectral resolution of specific bands) will help to define the optimum data sets to produce a reproducible method to provide additional inputs to the Dragon cooperative project, specifically to method development for woody biomass estimation and biodiversity assessment services. This poster presents the first results on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping in a mixed temperate forest by satellite imagery taken from four different sensors. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> addressed in this pilot study are: Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), sessile oak (Quercus petraea) and red oak (Quercus rubra). The spatial resolution varies from 2m to 30m and the spectral resolutions range from 8bands up to 155bands.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21039558','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21039558"><span id="translatedtitle">Intraspecific trait variation and covariation in a widespread <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> (Nothofagus pumilio) in southern Chile.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Fajardo, Alex; Piper, Frida I</p> <p>2011-01-01</p> <p>• The focus of the trait-based approach to study community ecology has mostly been on trait comparisons at the interspecific level. Here we quantified intraspecific variation and covariation of leaf mass per area (LMA) and wood density (WD) in monospecific forests of the widespread <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Nothofagus pumilio to determine its magnitude and whether it is related to environmental conditions and ontogeny. We also discuss probable mechanisms controlling the trait variation found. • We collected leaf and stem woody tissues from 30-50 <span class="hlt">trees</span> of different ages (ontogeny) from each of four populations at differing elevations (i.e. temperatures) and placed at each of three locations differing in soil moisture. • The total variation in LMA (coefficient of variation (CV) = 21.14%) was twice that of WD (CV = 10.52%). The total variation in traits was never less than 23% when compared with interspecific studies. Differences in elevation (temperature) for the most part explained variation in LMA, while differences in soil moisture and ontogeny explained the variation in WD. Traits covaried similarly in the altitudinal gradient only. • Functional traits of N. pumilio exhibited nonnegligible variation; LMA varied for the most part with temperature, while WD mostly varied with moisture and ontogeny. We demonstrate that environmental variation can cause important trait variation without <span class="hlt">species</span> turnover. PMID:21039558</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24342099','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24342099"><span id="translatedtitle">Field and modeling study of PBDEs uptake by three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ding, Chao; Chang, Wen-Jing; Zeng, Hui; Ni, Hong-Gang</p> <p>2014-02-15</p> <p>A quantitative model was developed to predict the contributions of various pathways of taking up polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) into leaves of three evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, including soil-root-leaf pathway, soil-air-leaf pathway, and gaseous deposition. The contributions of soil-root-leaf pathway were negligible for PBDE accumulation in leaves. Soil-air-leaf pathway accounted for 16.3% and 3.8% of the total BDE-28 and BDE-47 levels in leaves, respectively; but for the PBDE congeners with log KAW≤-4 and log KOA>11, this pathway was ignorable. The contributions of gaseous deposition varied widely, accounting for 10%-50% for BDE-28, 100, 153, 154, and 183, 34%-96% for BDE-47, and <5% for BDE-209 of the measured concentrations in leaves of the three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Therefore, direct atmosphere deposition without the influence of soil volatilization was a significant pathway for foliar uptake of BDE-47, 99, 100, 153, 154, and 183 on a background of low contaminated soil. For BDE-209, atmospheric particulate deposition dominates its foliar uptake. PMID:24342099</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013JARS....7.3480A','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013JARS....7.3480A"><span id="translatedtitle">Exploiting machine learning algorithms for <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> classification in a semiarid woodland using RapidEye image</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Adelabu, Samuel; Mutanga, Onisimo; Adam, Elhadi; Cho, Moses Azong</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Classification of different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in semiarid areas can be challenging as a result of the change in leaf structure and orientation due to soil moisture constraints. <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> mapping is, however, a key parameter for forest management in semiarid environments. In this study, we examined the suitability of 5-band RapidEye satellite data for the classification of five <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in mopane woodland of Botswana using machine leaning algorithms with limited training samples.We performed classification using random forest (RF) and support vector machines (SVM) based on EnMap box. The overall accuracies for classifying the five <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was 88.75 and 85% for both SVM and RF, respectively. We also demonstrated that the new red-edge band in the RapidEye sensor has the potential for classifying <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in semiarid environments when integrated with other standard bands. Similarly, we observed that where there are limited training samples, SVM is preferred over RF. Finally, we demonstrated that the two accuracy measures of quantity and allocation disagreement are simpler and more helpful for the vast majority of remote sensing classification process than the kappa coefficient. Overall, high <span class="hlt">species</span> classification can be achieved using strategically located RapidEye bands integrated with advanced processing algorithms.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4651791','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4651791"><span id="translatedtitle">Impacts of Different <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> of Different Sizes on Spatial Distribution of Herbaceous Plants in the Nigerian Guinea Savannah Ecological Zone</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Buba, Toma</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>This study was aimed at finding the impacts of different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and individual <span class="hlt">trees</span> of different sizes on <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, diversity, and composition of the herbaceous layer. All the three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> have greatly increased <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and diversity both within and outside their crown zones compared with the open grassland. Both <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and diversity were found to be higher under all the three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> than outside their crowns, which was in turn higher than the open field. Daniella oliveri has the highest <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and diversity both within and outside its crown zone followed by Vitellaria paradoxa and then Parkia biglobosa. The result also revealed that the same <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> with different sizes leads to different herbaceous <span class="hlt">species</span> richness, diversity, and composition under and around the <span class="hlt">trees</span>' crowns. P. biglobosa and V. paradoxa <span class="hlt">trees</span> with smaller sizes showed higher <span class="hlt">species</span> richness and diversity under their crowns than the bigger ones. The dissimilarity of <span class="hlt">species</span> composition differs between the inside and outside crown zones of the individuals of the same <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and among the different <span class="hlt">trees</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> and the open field. PMID:26618024</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4380403','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4380403"><span id="translatedtitle">Stand Competition Determines How Different <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Will Cope with a Warming Climate</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Fernández-de-Uña, Laura; Cañellas, Isabel; Gea-Izquierdo, Guillermo</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Plant-plant interactions influence how forests cope with climate and contribute to modulate <span class="hlt">species</span> response to future climate scenarios. We analysed the functional relationships between growth, climate and competition for Pinus sylvestris, Quercus pyrenaica and Quercus faginea to investigate how stand competition modifies forest sensitivity to climate and simulated how annual growth rates of these <span class="hlt">species</span> with different drought tolerance would change throughout the 21st century. Dendroecological data from stands subjected to thinning were modelled using a novel multiplicative nonlinear approach to overcome biases related to the general assumption of a linear relationship between covariates and to better mimic the biological relationships involved. Growth always decreased exponentially with increasing competition, which explained more growth variability than climate in Q. faginea and P. sylvestris. The effect of precipitation was asymptotic in all cases, while the relationship between growth and temperature reached an optimum after which growth declined with warmer temperatures. Our growth projections indicate that the less drought-tolerant P. sylvestris would be more negatively affected by climate change than the studied sub-Mediterranean oaks. Q. faginea and P. sylvestris mean growth would decrease under all the climate change scenarios assessed. However, P. sylvestris growth would decline regardless of the competition level, whereas this decrease would be offset by reduced competition in Q. faginea. Conversely, Q. pyrenaica growth would remain similar to current rates, except for the warmest scenario. Our models shed light on the nature of the <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific interaction between climate and competition and yield important implications for management. Assuming that individual growth is directly related to <span class="hlt">tree</span> performance, <span class="hlt">trees</span> under low competition would better withstand the warmer conditions predicted under climate change scenarios but in a variable manner depending on the <span class="hlt">species</span>. Thinning following an exponential rule may be desirable to ensure long-term conservation of high-density Mediterranean woodlands, particularly in drought-limited sites. PMID:25826446</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22689942','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22689942"><span id="translatedtitle">Rapidly growing tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span> mobilize remarkable amounts of nitrogen, in ways that differ surprisingly among <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Russell, Ann E; Raich, James W</p> <p>2012-06-26</p> <p>Fast-growing forests such as tropical secondary forests can accumulate large amounts of carbon (C), and thereby play an important role in the atmospheric CO(2) balance. Because nitrogen (N) cycling is inextricably linked with C cycling, the question becomes: Where does the N come from to match high rates of C accumulation? In unique experimental 16-y-old plantations established in abandoned pasture in lowland Costa Rica, we used a mass-balance approach to quantify N accumulation in vegetation, identify sources of N, and evaluate differences among <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in N cycling. The replicated design contained four broad-leaved evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> growing under similar environmental conditions. Nitrogen uptake was rapid, reaching 409 (± 30) kg · ha(-1) · y(-1), double the rate reported from a Puerto Rican forest and greater than four times that observed at Hubbard Brook Forest (New Hampshire, USA). Nitrogen amassed in vegetation was 874 (± 176) kg · ha(-1), whereas net losses of soil N (0-100 cm) varied from 217 (±146) to 3,354 (± 915) kg · ha(-1) (P = 0.018) over 16 y. Soil C:N, δ(13)C values, and N budgets indicated that soil was the main source of biomass N. In Vochysia guatemalensis, however, N fixation contributed >60 kg · ha(-1) · y(-1). All <span class="hlt">species</span> apparently promoted soil N turnover, such that the soil N mean residence time was 32-54 y, an order of magnitude lower than the global mean. High rates of N uptake were associated with substantial N losses in three of the <span class="hlt">species</span>, in which an average of 1.6 g N was lost for every gram of N accumulated in biomass. PMID:22689942</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24455122','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24455122"><span id="translatedtitle">Relationship between photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency and foliar phosphorus fractions in tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Hidaka, Amane; Kitayama, Kanehiro</p> <p>2013-12-01</p> <p>How plants develop adaptive strategies to efficiently use nutrients on infertile soils is an important topic in plant ecology. It has been suggested that, with decreasing phosphorus (P) availability, plants increase photosynthetic P-use efficiency (PPUE) (i.e., the ratio of instantaneous photosynthetic carbon assimilation rate per unit foliar P). However, the mechanism to increase PPUE remains unclear. In this study, we tested whether high PPUE is explained by an optimized allocation of P in cells among P-containing biochemical compounds (i.e., foliar P fractions). We investigated the relationships among mass-based photosynthetic carbon assimilation rate (A mass), PPUE, total foliar P concentration, and foliar P fractions in 10 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in two tropical montane rain forests with differing soil P availability (five <span class="hlt">species</span> on sedimentary soils and five <span class="hlt">species</span> on P-poorer ultrabasic serpentine soils) on Mount Kinabalu, Borneo. We chemically fractionated foliar P into the following four fractions: metabolic P, lipid P, nucleic acid P, and residual P. A mass was positively correlated with the concentrations of total foliar P and of metabolic P across 10 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Mean A mass and mean concentrations of total foliar P and of each foliar P fraction were lower on the P-poorer ultrabasic serpentine soils than on the sedimentary soils. There was a negative relationship between the proportion of metabolic P per total P and the proportion of lipid P per total P. PPUE was positively correlated with the ratio of metabolic P to lipid P. High PPUE is explained by the net effect of a relatively greater investment of P into P-containing metabolites and a relatively lesser investment into phospholipids in addition to generally reduced concentrations of all P fractions. We conclude that plants optimize the allocation of P among foliar P fractions for maintaining their productivity and growth and for reducing demand for P as their adaptation to P-poor soils. 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Because nitrogen (N) cycling is inextricably linked with C cycling, the question becomes: Where does the N come from to match high rates of C accumulation? In unique experimental 16-y-old plantations established in abandoned pasture in lowland Costa Rica, we used a mass-balance approach to quantify N accumulation in vegetation, identify sources of N, and evaluate differences among <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in N cycling. The replicated design contained four broad-leaved evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> growing under similar environmental conditions. Nitrogen uptake was rapid, reaching 409 (±30) kg⋅ha−1⋅y−1, double the rate reported from a Puerto Rican forest and greater than four times that observed at Hubbard Brook Forest (New Hampshire, USA). Nitrogen amassed in vegetation was 874 (±176) kg⋅ha−1, whereas net losses of soil N (0–100 cm) varied from 217 (±146) to 3,354 (±915) kg⋅ha−1 (P = 0.018) over 16 y. Soil C:N, δ13C values, and N budgets indicated that soil was the main source of biomass N. In Vochysia guatemalensis, however, N fixation contributed >60 kg⋅ha−1⋅y−1. All <span class="hlt">species</span> apparently promoted soil N turnover, such that the soil N mean residence time was 32–54 y, an order of magnitude lower than the global mean. High rates of N uptake were associated with substantial N losses in three of the <span class="hlt">species</span>, in which an average of 1.6 g N was lost for every gram of N accumulated in biomass. PMID:22689942</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19690000403','NASA-TRS'); return false;" href="http://hdl.handle.net/2060/19690000403"><span id="translatedtitle">Novel <span class="hlt">multipurpose</span> timer for laboratories</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp">NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)</a></p> <p>Eisler, W. J.; Klein, P. D.</p> <p>1969-01-01</p> <p><span class="hlt">Multipurpose</span> digital delay timer simultaneously controls both a buffer pump and a fraction-collector. Timing and control may be in 30-second increments for up to 15 hours. Use of glassware and scintillation vials make it economical.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23178741','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23178741"><span id="translatedtitle">Free from mitochondrial DNA: Nuclear genes and the inference of <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">trees</span> among closely related darter lineages (Teleostei: Percidae: Etheostomatinae).</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Near, Thomas J; Keck, Benjamin P</p> <p>2013-03-01</p> <p>Investigations into the phylogenetics of closely related animal <span class="hlt">species</span> are dominated by the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence data. However, the near-ubiquitous use of mtDNA to infer phylogeny among closely related animal lineages is tempered by an increasing number of studies that document high rates of transfer of mtDNA genomes among closely related <span class="hlt">species</span> through hybridization, leading to substantial discordance between phylogenies inferred from mtDNA and nuclear gene sequences. In addition, the recent development of methods that simultaneously infer a <span class="hlt">species</span> phylogeny and estimate divergence times, while accounting for incongruence among individual gene <span class="hlt">trees</span>, has ushered in a new era in the investigation of phylogeny among closely related <span class="hlt">species</span>. In this study we assess if DNA sequence data sampled from a modest number of nuclear genes can resolve relationships of a <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich clade of North American freshwater teleost fishes, the darters. We articulate and expand on a recently introduced method to infer a time-calibrated multi-<span class="hlt">species</span> coalescent phylogeny using the computer program (*)BEAST. Our analyses result in well-resolved and strongly supported time-calibrated darter <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span>. Contrary to the expectation that mtDNA will provide greater phylogenetic resolution than nuclear gene data; the darter <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> inferred exclusively from nuclear genes exhibits a higher frequency of strongly supported nodes than the mtDNA time-calibrated gene <span class="hlt">tree</span>. PMID:23178741</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25694041','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25694041"><span id="translatedtitle">Photosynthetic capacity of tropical montane <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in relation to leaf nutrients, successional strategy and growth temperature.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Dusenge, Mirindi Eric; Wallin, Göran; Gårdesten, Johanna; Niyonzima, Felix; Adolfsson, Lisa; Nsabimana, Donat; Uddling, Johan</p> <p>2015-04-01</p> <p>Photosynthetic capacity of <span class="hlt">tree</span> leaves is typically positively related to nutrient content and little affected by changes in growth temperature. These relationships are, however, often poorly supported for tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>, for which interspecific differences may be more strongly controlled by within-leaf nutrient allocation than by absolute leaf nutrient content, and little is known regarding photosynthetic acclimation to temperature. To explore the influence of leaf nutrient status, successional strategy and growth temperature on the photosynthetic capacity of tropical <span class="hlt">trees</span>, we collected data on photosynthetic, chemical and morphological leaf traits of ten <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in Rwanda. Seven <span class="hlt">species</span> were studied in a forest plantation at mid-altitude (~1,700 m), whereas six <span class="hlt">species</span> were studied in a cooler montane rainforest at higher altitude (~2,500 m). Three <span class="hlt">species</span> were common to both sites, and, in the montane rainforest, three pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span> and three climax <span class="hlt">species</span> were investigated. Across <span class="hlt">species</span>, interspecific variation in photosynthetic capacity was not related to leaf nutrient content. Instead, this variation was related to differences in within-leaf nitrogen allocation, with a tradeoff between investments into compounds related to photosynthetic capacity (higher in pioneer <span class="hlt">species</span>) versus light-harvesting compounds (higher in climax <span class="hlt">species</span>). Photosynthetic capacity was significantly lower at the warmer site at 1,700 m altitude. We conclude that (1) within-leaf nutrient allocation is more important than leaf nutrient content per se in controlling interspecific variation in photosynthetic capacity among <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in tropical Rwanda, and that (2) tropical montane rainforest <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibit decreased photosynthetic capacity when grown in a warmer environment. PMID:25694041</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26581110','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26581110"><span id="translatedtitle">Nature and Age of Neighbours Matter: Interspecific Associations among <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Exist and Vary across Life Stages in Tropical Forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ledo, Alicia</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Detailed information about interspecific spatial associations among tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> is scarce, and hence the ecological importance of those associations may have been underestimated. However, they can play a role in community assembly and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity maintenance. This study investigated the spatial dependence between pairs of <span class="hlt">species</span>. First, the spatial associations (spatial attraction and spatial repulsion) that arose between <span class="hlt">species</span> were examined. Second, different sizes of <span class="hlt">trees</span> were considered in order to evaluate whether the spatial relationships between <span class="hlt">species</span> are constant or vary during the lifetime of individuals. Third, the consistency of those spatial associations with the <span class="hlt">species</span>-habitat associations found in previous studies was assessed. Two different tropical ecosystems were investigated: a montane cloud forest and a lowland moist forest. The results showed that spatial associations among <span class="hlt">species</span> exist, and these vary among life stages and <span class="hlt">species</span>. The rarity of negative spatial interactions suggested that exclusive competition was not common in the studied forests. On the other hand, positive interactions were common, and the results of this study strongly suggested that habitat associations were not the only cause of spatial attraction among <span class="hlt">species</span>. If this is true, habitat associations and density dependence are not the only mechanisms that explain <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution and diversity; other ecological interactions, such as facilitation among <span class="hlt">species</span>, may also play a role. These spatial associations could be important in the assembly of tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> communities and forest succession, and should be taken into account in future studies. PMID:26581110</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4651535','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4651535"><span id="translatedtitle">Nature and Age of Neighbours Matter: Interspecific Associations among <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Exist and Vary across Life Stages in Tropical Forests</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Ledo, Alicia</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Detailed information about interspecific spatial associations among tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> is scarce, and hence the ecological importance of those associations may have been underestimated. However, they can play a role in community assembly and <span class="hlt">species</span> diversity maintenance. This study investigated the spatial dependence between pairs of <span class="hlt">species</span>. First, the spatial associations (spatial attraction and spatial repulsion) that arose between <span class="hlt">species</span> were examined. Second, different sizes of <span class="hlt">trees</span> were considered in order to evaluate whether the spatial relationships between <span class="hlt">species</span> are constant or vary during the lifetime of individuals. Third, the consistency of those spatial associations with the <span class="hlt">species</span>-habitat associations found in previous studies was assessed. Two different tropical ecosystems were investigated: a montane cloud forest and a lowland moist forest. The results showed that spatial associations among <span class="hlt">species</span> exist, and these vary among life stages and <span class="hlt">species</span>. The rarity of negative spatial interactions suggested that exclusive competition was not common in the studied forests. On the other hand, positive interactions were common, and the results of this study strongly suggested that habitat associations were not the only cause of spatial attraction among <span class="hlt">species</span>. If this is true, habitat associations and density dependence are not the only mechanisms that explain <span class="hlt">species</span> distribution and diversity; other ecological interactions, such as facilitation among <span class="hlt">species</span>, may also play a role. These spatial associations could be important in the assembly of tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> communities and forest succession, and should be taken into account in future studies. PMID:26581110</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4012946','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4012946"><span id="translatedtitle">Development of Rapidly Evolving Intron Markers to Estimate Multilocus <span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">Trees</span> of Rodents</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Rodríguez-Prieto, Ana; Igea, Javier; Castresana, Jose</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>One of the major challenges in the analysis of closely related <span class="hlt">species</span>, speciation and phylogeography is the identification of variable sequence markers that allow the determination of genealogical relationships in multiple genomic regions using coalescent and <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> approaches. Rodent <span class="hlt">species</span> represent nearly half of the mammalian diversity, but so far no systematic study has been carried out to detect suitable informative markers for this group. Here, we used a bioinformatic pipeline to extract intron sequences from rodent genomes available in databases and applied a series of filters that allowed the identification of 208 introns that adequately fulfilled several criteria for these studies. The main required characteristics of the introns were that they had the maximum possible mutation rates, that they were part of single-copy genes, that they had an appropriate sequence length for amplification, and that they were flanked by exons with suitable regions for primer design. In addition, in order to determine the validity of this approach, we chose ten of these introns for primer design and tested them in a panel of eleven rodent <span class="hlt">species</span> belonging to different representative families. We show that all these introns can be amplified in the majority of <span class="hlt">species</span> and that, overall, 79% of the amplifications worked with minimum optimization of the annealing temperature. In addition, we confirmed for a pair of sister <span class="hlt">species</span> the relatively high level of sequence divergence of these introns. Therefore, we provide here a set of adequate intron markers that can be applied to different <span class="hlt">species</span> of Rodentia for their use in studies that require significant sequence variability. PMID:24804779</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25224379','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25224379"><span id="translatedtitle">Where to nest? Ecological determinants of chimpanzee nest abundance and distribution at the habitat and <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> scale.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Carvalho, Joana S; Meyer, Christoph F J; Vicente, Luis; Marques, Tiago A</p> <p>2015-02-01</p> <p>Conversion of forests to anthropogenic land-uses increasingly subjects chimpanzee populations to habitat changes and concomitant alterations in the plant resources available to them for nesting and feeding. Based on nest count surveys conducted during the dry season, we investigated nest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> selection and the effect of vegetation attributes on nest abundance of the western chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes verus, at Lagoas de Cufada Natural Park (LCNP), Guinea-Bissau, a forest-savannah mosaic widely disturbed by humans. Further, we assessed patterns of nest height distribution to determine support for the anti-predator hypothesis. A zero-altered generalized linear mixed model showed that nest abundance was negatively related to floristic diversity (exponential form of the Shannon index) and positively with the availability of smaller-sized <span class="hlt">trees</span>, reflecting characteristics of dense-canopy forest. A positive correlation between nest abundance and floristic richness (number of plant <span class="hlt">species</span>) and composition indicated that <span class="hlt">species</span>-rich open habitats are also important in nest site selection. Restricting this analysis to feeding <span class="hlt">trees</span>, nest abundance was again positively associated with the availability of smaller-sized <span class="hlt">trees</span>, further supporting the preference for nesting in food <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> from dense forest. Nest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> selection was non-random, and oil palms were used at a much lower proportion (10%) than previously reported from other study sites in forest-savannah mosaics. While this study suggests that human disturbance may underlie the exclusive arboreal nesting at LCNP, better quantitative data are needed to determine to what extent the construction of elevated nests is in fact a response to predators able to climb <span class="hlt">trees</span>. Given the importance of LCNP as refuge for Pan t. verus our findings can improve conservation decisions for the management of this important umbrella <span class="hlt">species</span> as well as its remaining suitable habitats. PMID:25224379</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27097440','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27097440"><span id="translatedtitle">Vegetative and reproductive phenology of a floodplain <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Barringtonia acutangula from North East India.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Nath, Shikhasmita; Nath, Arun Jyoti; Das, Ashesh Kumar</p> <p>2016-03-01</p> <p>Vegetative and reproductive phenology of Barringtonia acutangula, a floodplain <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> was studied at Chatla floodplain, Assam North East India with the aim to investigate vegetative and reproductive phenology under stressful environment of seasonal submergence and to assess the impact of environmental variables (temperature and precipitation) on <span class="hlt">tree</span> phenophases. Quantitative assessment was made at 15 day interval for all the phenophases (leaf initiation, leaf-fall, flowering and fruiting) by tagging 40 (forty) <span class="hlt">trees</span> over aperiod of two years (2012-14).To test seasonal influence on the phenology of Barringtonia acutangula different phenophases were correlated with environmental variables and statistical spearman's rank correlation coefficient was employed. Aridity index was computed that delineate influence of rainfall and temperature together on any phenophases. Leaf initiation showed positively significant correlation with temperature (r(s) = 0.601, p = < .05) during the year 2012-2013 whereas it was significantly correlated with rainfall (r(s) = 0.583, p = < .05) and aridity index (r(s) = 0.583, p = < .05) during the year 2013-2014. Leaf-fall was significant negatively correlated with temperature (r(s) = -0.623, p = < .05), rainfall (r(s) = -0.730, p = < .01) and aridity index (r(s) = -0.730, p = < .01) for both the studied years. Flowering was significantly influenced by temperature (r(s) = 0.639, p = < .05), rainfall (r(s) = 0.890, p = < .01) and aridity index (r(s) = 0.890, p = < .01) while in one month lag flowering was significantly correlated with rainfall (r(s) = 0.678, p = < .01) in 2012-13. Fruiting was also positively significant with temperature (r(s) = 0.795, P < .05), rainfall (r(s) = 0.835, P < .01) and aridity index (r(s) = 0.835, P < .01) for both the years. During one month lag period fruiting was positively correlated with temperature, rainfall and aridity index in both the years. Temperature, rainfall and aridity index were major determinants of the various vegetative and reproductive phenology of B. acutangula and any changes in these variables in future due to climate change, might have profound effect on phenophases of this <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:27097440</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4240985','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4240985"><span id="translatedtitle">Multiple <span class="hlt">species</span> of wild <span class="hlt">tree</span> peonies gave rise to the ‘king of flowers’, Paeonia suffruticosa Andrews</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Zhou, Shi-Liang; Zou, Xin-Hui; Zhou, Zhi-Qin; Liu, Jing; Xu, Chao; Yu, Jing; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Da-Ming; Wang, Xiao-Quan; Ge, Song; Sang, Tao; Pan, Kai-Yu; Hong, De-Yuan</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>The origin of cultivated <span class="hlt">tree</span> peonies, known as the ‘king of flowers' in China for more than 1000 years, has attracted considerable interest, but remained unsolved. Here, we conducted phylogenetic analyses of explicitly sampled traditional cultivars of <span class="hlt">tree</span> peonies and all wild <span class="hlt">species</span> from the shrubby section Moutan of the genus Paeonia based on sequences of 14 fast-evolved chloroplast regions and 25 presumably single-copy nuclear markers identified from RNA-seq data. The phylogeny of the wild <span class="hlt">species</span> inferred from the nuclear markers was fully resolved and largely congruent with morphology and classification. The incongruence between the nuclear and chloroplast <span class="hlt">trees</span> suggested that there had been gene flow between the wild <span class="hlt">species</span>. The comparison of nuclear and chloroplast phylogenies including cultivars showed that the cultivated <span class="hlt">tree</span> peonies originated from homoploid hybridization among five wild <span class="hlt">species</span>. Since the origin, thousands of cultivated varieties have spread worldwide, whereas four parental <span class="hlt">species</span> are currently endangered or on the verge of extinction. The documentation of extensive homoploid hybridization involved in <span class="hlt">tree</span> peony domestication provides new insights into the mechanisms underlying the origins of garden ornamentals and the way of preserving natural genetic resources through domestication. PMID:25377453</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4552639','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4552639"><span id="translatedtitle">Influence of <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Composition and Community Structure on Carbon Density in a Subtropical Forest</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Hu, Yanqiu; Su, Zhiyao; Li, Wenbin; Li, Jingpeng; Ke, Xiandong</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>We assessed the impact of <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and stand structure on the spatial variation of forest carbon density using data collected from a 4-ha plot in a subtropical forest in southern China. We found that 1) forest biomass carbon density significantly differed among communities, reflecting a significant effect of community structure and <span class="hlt">species</span> composition on carbon accumulation; 2) soil organic carbon density increased whereas stand biomass carbon density decreased across communities, indicating that different mechanisms might account for the accumulation of stand biomass carbon and soil organic carbon in the subtropical forest; and 3) a small number of <span class="hlt">tree</span> individuals of the medium- and large-diameter class contributed predominantly to biomass carbon accumulation in the community, whereas a large number of seedlings and saplings were responsible for a small proportion of the total forest carbon stock. These findings demonstrate that both biomass carbon and soil carbon density in the subtropical forest are sensitive to <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and community structure, and that heterogeneity in <span class="hlt">species</span> composition and stand structure should be taken into account to ensure accurate forest carbon accounting. PMID:26317523</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27069586','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27069586"><span id="translatedtitle">Evolutionary patterns of volatile terpene emissions across 202 tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Courtois, Elodie A; Dexter, Kyle G; Paine, Charles Eliot Timothy; Stien, Didier; Engel, Julien; Baraloto, Christopher; Chave, Jérôme</p> <p>2016-05-01</p> <p>Plant responses to natural enemies include formation of secondary metabolites acting as direct or indirect defenses. Volatile terpenes represent one of the most diverse groups of secondary metabolites. We aimed to explore evolutionary patterns of volatile terpene emission. We measured the composition of damage-induced volatile terpenes from 202 Amazonian <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, spanning the angiosperm phylogeny. Volatile terpenes were extracted with solid-phase micro extraction and desorbed in a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for compound identification. The chemical diversity of the terpene blend showed a strong phylogenetic signal as closely related <span class="hlt">species</span> emitted a similar number of compounds. Closely related <span class="hlt">species</span> also tended to have compositionally similar blends, although this relationship was weak. Meanwhile, the ability to emit a given compound showed no significant phylogenetic signal for 200 of 286 compounds, indicating a high rate of diversification in terpene synthesis and/or great variability in their expression. Three lineages (Magnoliales, Laurales, and Sapindales) showed exceptionally high rates of terpene diversification. Of the 70 compounds found in >10% of their <span class="hlt">species</span>, 69 displayed significant correlated evolution with at least one other compound. These results provide insights into the complex evolutionary history of volatile terpenes in angiosperms, while highlighting the need for further research into this important class of compounds. PMID:27069586</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16319890','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16319890"><span id="translatedtitle">Density dependence explains <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> abundance and diversity in tropical forests.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Volkov, Igor; Banavar, Jayanth R; He, Fangliang; Hubbell, Stephen P; Maritan, Amos</p> <p>2005-12-01</p> <p>The recurrent patterns in the commonness and rarity of <span class="hlt">species</span> in ecological communities--the relative <span class="hlt">species</span> abundance--have puzzled ecologists for more than half a century. Here we show that the framework of the current neutral theory in ecology can easily be generalized to incorporate symmetric density dependence. We can calculate precisely the strength of the rare-<span class="hlt">species</span> advantage that is needed to explain a given RSA distribution. Previously, we demonstrated that a mechanism of dispersal limitation also fits RSA data well. Here we compare fits of the dispersal and density-dependence mechanisms for empirical RSA data on <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in six New and Old World tropical forests and show that both mechanisms offer sufficient and independent explanations. We suggest that RSA data cannot by themselves be used to discriminate among these explanations of RSA patterns--empirical studies will be required to determine whether RSA patterns are due to one or the other mechanism, or to some combination of both. PMID:16319890</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4123702','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4123702"><span id="translatedtitle">Stochastically driven adult–recruit associations of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> on Barro Colorado Island</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Getzin, Stephan; Wiegand, Thorsten; Hubbell, Stephen P.</p> <p>2014-01-01</p> <p>The spatial placement of recruits around adult conspecifics represents the accumulated outcome of several pattern-forming processes and mechanisms such as primary and secondary seed dispersal, habitat associations or Janzen–Connell effects. Studying the adult–recruit relationship should therefore allow the derivation of specific hypotheses on the processes shaping population and community dynamics. We analysed adult–recruit associations for 65 <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> taken from six censuses of the 50 ha neotropical forest plot on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. We used point pattern analysis to test, at a range of neighbourhood scales, for spatial independence between recruits and adults, to assess the strength and type of departure from independence, and its relationship with <span class="hlt">species</span> properties. Positive associations expected to prevail due to dispersal limitation occurred only in 16% of all cases; instead a majority of <span class="hlt">species</span> showed spatial independence (≈73%). Independence described the placement of recruits around conspecific adults in good approximation, although we found weak and noisy signals of <span class="hlt">species</span> properties related to seed dispersal. We hypothesize that spatial mechanisms with strong stochastic components such as animal seed dispersal overpower the pattern-forming effects of dispersal limitation, density dependence and habitat association, or that some of the pattern-forming processes cancel out each other. PMID:25030984</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4689444','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4689444"><span id="translatedtitle">Preliminary Genomic Characterization of Ten Hardwood <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> from Multiplexed Low Coverage Whole Genome Sequencing</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Staton, Margaret; Best, Teodora; Khodwekar, Sudhir; Owusu, Sandra; Xu, Tao; Xu, Yi; Jennings, Tara; Cronn, Richard; Arumuganathan, A. Kathiravetpilla; Coggeshall, Mark; Gailing, Oliver; Liang, Haiying; Romero-Severson, Jeanne; Schlarbaum, Scott; Carlson, John E.</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Forest health issues are on the rise in the United States, resulting from introduction of alien pests and diseases, coupled with abiotic stresses related to climate change. Increasingly, forest scientists are finding genetic/genomic resources valuable in addressing forest health issues. For a set of ten ecologically and economically important native hardwood <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> representing a broad phylogenetic spectrum, we used low coverage whole genome sequencing from multiplex Illumina paired ends to economically profile their genomic content. For six <span class="hlt">species</span>, the genome content was further analyzed by flow cytometry in order to determine the nuclear genome size. Sequencing yielded a depth of 0.8X to 7.5X, from which in silico analysis yielded preliminary estimates of gene and repetitive sequence content in the genome for each <span class="hlt">species</span>. Thousands of genomic SSRs were identified, with a clear predisposition toward dinucleotide repeats and AT-rich repeat motifs. Flanking primers were designed for SSR loci for all ten <span class="hlt">species</span>, ranging from 891 loci in sugar maple to 18,167 in redbay. In summary, we have demonstrated that useful preliminary genome information including repeat content, gene content and useful SSR markers can be obtained at low cost and time input from a single lane of Illumina multiplex sequence. PMID:26698853</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5126788','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5126788"><span id="translatedtitle">Biomass production of Prosopis <span class="hlt">species</span> (mesquite), leucaena, and other leguminous <span class="hlt">trees</span> grown under heat/drought stress</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Felker, P.; Cannell, G.H.; Clark, P.R.; Osborn, J.F.; Nash, P.</p> <p>1983-01-01</p> <p>Leguminous <span class="hlt">trees</span> were examined for use on hot/arid lands in field trials in the Califronia Imperial Valley where July daily maximum temperatures are 42/sup 0/C (108/sup 0/F). Two field trials were carried out to rank 55 accessions in biomass per <span class="hlt">tree</span> and to evaluate biomass production per unit area with four of the more productive accessions identified in earlier trials. The trial with 55 accessions compared Prosopis (mesquite) to widely recommended <span class="hlt">species</span> for arid lands such as Leucaena leucocephala (K-8), Parkinsonia aculeata, and Prosopis tamarugo and to other drought adapted <span class="hlt">tree</span> legume <span class="hlt">species</span> of California/Arizona deserts such as Cercidium fluoridium and Olneya tesota. Prosopis selections were identified that had greater productivity than either Leucaena leucocephala (K-8) or Parkinsonia aculeata. The mean ovendry biomass per accession ranged from 0.2 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> for Prosopis tamarugo to 29 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> for P. alba (0166) when measured 2 years from germination in the greenhouse. Clones were obtained from <span class="hlt">trees</span> in this trial which had 45-56 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> (ovendry) in two seasons. The plots designed to measure biomass production per unit area were on a 1.5 m spacing and had productivities of 7, 11.2, 14.3, and 14.5 ovendry T ha/sup -1/ yr/sup -1/ for P. glandulosa var torreyana (0001), P. alba (0163), P. chilensis (0009), and P. alba (0039), respectively, when measured 2 years from germination in the greenhouse.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5266099','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5266099"><span id="translatedtitle">Biomass production of Prosopis <span class="hlt">species</span> (mesquite), Leucaena, and other leguminous <span class="hlt">trees</span> grown under heat/drought stress</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Felker, P.; Cannell, G.H.; Clark, P.R.; Osborn, J.F.; Nash, P.</p> <p>1983-09-01</p> <p>Leguminous <span class="hlt">trees</span> were examined for use of hot/arid lands in field trials in the California Imperial Valley where July daily maximum temperatures are 42 degrees C (108 degrees F). Two field trials were carried out to rank 55 accessions in biomass per <span class="hlt">tree</span> and to evaluate biomass production per unit area with four of the more productive accessions identified in earlier trials. The trial with 55 accessions compared Prosopis (mesquite) to widely recommended <span class="hlt">species</span> for arid lands such as Leucaena leucocephala (K-8), Parkinsonia aculeata, and Prosopis tamarugo and to other drought adapted <span class="hlt">tree</span> legume <span class="hlt">species</span> of California/Arizona deserts such as Cercidium floridium and Olneya tesota. Prosopis selections were identified that had greater productivity than either Leucaena leucocephala (K-8) or Parkinsonia aculeata. The mean oven-dry biomass per accession ranged from 0.2 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> for Prosospis tamarugo to 29 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> for P. alba (0166) when measured 2 years from germination in the greenhouse. Clones were obtained from <span class="hlt">trees</span> in this trial which had 45-56 kg/<span class="hlt">tree</span> (oven-dry) in two seasons. The plots designed to measure biomass production per unit area were on a 1.5 m spacing and had productivities of 7, 11.2, 14.3, and 14.5 oven-dry T ha-1 yr-1 for P. glandulosa var torreyana (0001), P. alba (0163), P. chilensis (0009), and P. alba(0039), respectively, when measured 2 years from germination in the greenhouse. 30 references</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12816959','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12816959"><span id="translatedtitle">The Wilhelmine W. Key 2002 Invitational Lecture. Phylogeography, haplotype <span class="hlt">trees</span>, and invasive plant <span class="hlt">species</span>.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Schaal, B A; Gaskin, J F; Caicedo, A L</p> <p>2003-01-01</p> <p>The distribution of genetic variants in plant populations is strongly affected both by current patterns of microevolutionary forces, such as gene flow and selection, and by the phylogenetic history of populations and <span class="hlt">species</span>. Understanding the interplay of shared history and current evolutionary events is particularly confounding in plants due to the reticulating nature of gene exchange between diverging lineages. Certain gene sequences provide historically ordered neutral molecular variation that can be converted to gene genealogies which trace the evolutionary relationships among haplotypes (alleles). Gene genealogies can be used to understand the evolution of specific DNA sequences and relate sequence variation to plant phenotype. For example, in a study of the RPS2 gene in Arabidopsis thaliana, resistant phenotypes clustered in one portion of the gene <span class="hlt">tree</span>. The field of phylogeography examines the distribution of allele genealogies in an explicit geographical context and, when coupled with a nested clade analysis, can provide insight into historical processes such as range expansion, gene flow, and genetic drift. A phylogeographical approach offers insight into practical issues as well. Here we show how haplotype <span class="hlt">trees</span> can address the origins of invasive plants, one of the greatest global threats to biodiversity. A study of the geographical diversity of haplotypes in invasive Phragmites populations in the United States indicates that invasiveness is due to the colonization and spread of distinct genotypes from Europe ( Saltonstall 2002). Likewise, a phylogeographical analysis of Tamarix populations indicates that hybridization events between formerly isolated <span class="hlt">species</span> of Eurasia have produced the most common genotype of the second-worst invasive plant <span class="hlt">species</span> in the United States. PMID:12816959</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26057363','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26057363"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf reflectance variation along a vertical crown gradient of two deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in a Belgian industrial habitat.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Khavaninzadeh, Ali Reza; Veroustraete, Frank; Van Wittenberghe, Shari; Verrelst, Jochem; Samson, Roeland</p> <p>2015-09-01</p> <p>The reflectometry of leaf asymmetry is a novel approach in the bio-monitoring of <span class="hlt">tree</span> health in urban or industrial habitats. Leaf asymmetry responds to the degree of environmental pollution and reflects structural changes in a leaf due to environmental pollution. This paper describes the boundary conditions to scale up from leaf to canopy level reflectance, by describing the variability of adaxial and abaxial leaf reflectance, hence leaf asymmetry, along the crown height gradients of two <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Our findings open a research pathway towards bio-monitoring based on the airborne remote sensing of <span class="hlt">tree</span> canopies and their leaf asymmetric properties. PMID:26057363</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25737134','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25737134"><span id="translatedtitle">Minimizing the cost of translocation failure with decision-<span class="hlt">tree</span> models that predict <span class="hlt">species</span>' behavioral response in translocation sites.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Ebrahimi, Mehregan; Ebrahimie, Esmaeil; Bull, C Michael</p> <p>2015-08-01</p> <p>The high number of failures is one reason why translocation is often not recommended. Considering how behavior changes during translocations may improve translocation success. To derive decision-<span class="hlt">tree</span> models for <span class="hlt">species</span>' translocation, we used data on the short-term responses of an endangered Australian skink in 5 simulated translocations with different release conditions. We used 4 different decision-<span class="hlt">tree</span> algorithms (decision <span class="hlt">tree</span>, decision-<span class="hlt">tree</span> parallel, decision stump, and random forest) with 4 different criteria (gain ratio, information gain, gini index, and accuracy) to investigate how environmental and behavioral parameters may affect the success of a translocation. We assumed behavioral changes that increased dispersal away from a release site would reduce translocation success. The <span class="hlt">trees</span> became more complex when we included all behavioral parameters as attributes, but these <span class="hlt">trees</span> yielded more detailed information about why and how dispersal occurred. According to these complex <span class="hlt">trees</span>, there were positive associations between some behavioral parameters, such as fight and dispersal, that showed there was a higher chance, for example, of dispersal among lizards that fought than among those that did not fight. Decision <span class="hlt">trees</span> based on parameters related to release conditions were easier to understand and could be used by managers to make translocation decisions under different circumstances. 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While the mechanisms that induce soil erosion on agricultural land are well understood, soil erosion processes in forests have rarely been studied. Throughfall kinetic energy (TKE) is influenced in manifold ways and often determined by the tree’s leaf and architectural traits. We investigated the role of <span class="hlt">species</span> identity in mono-specific stands on TKE by asking to what extent TKE is <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific and which leaf and architectural traits account for variation in TKE. We measured TKE of 11 different <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> planted in monocultures in a biodiversity-ecosystem-functioning experiment in subtropical China, using sand-filled splash cups during five natural rainfall events in summer 2013. In addition, 14 leaf and <span class="hlt">tree</span> architectural traits were measured and linked to TKE. Our results showed that TKE was highly <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific. Highest TKE was found below Choerospondias axillaris and Sapindus saponaria, while Schima superba showed lowest TKE. These <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific effects were mediated by leaf habit, leaf area (LA), leaf pinnation, leaf margin, stem diameter at ground level (GD), crown base height (CBH), <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, number of branches and leaf area index (LAI) as biotic factors and throughfall as abiotic factor. Among these, leaf habit, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height and LA showed the highest effect sizes on TKE and can be considered as major drivers of TKE. TKE was positively influenced by LA, GD, CBH, <span class="hlt">tree</span> height, LAI, and throughfall amount while it was negatively influenced by the number of branches. TKE was lower in evergreen, simple leaved and dentate leaved than in deciduous, pinnated or entire leaved <span class="hlt">species</span>. Our results clearly showed that soil erosion in forest plantations can be mitigated by the appropriate choice of <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26079260</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26427005','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26427005"><span id="translatedtitle">De Novo Transcriptome Assembly in Firmiana danxiaensis, a <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Endemic to the Danxia Landform.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Chen, Su-Fang; Li, Ming-Wan; Jing, Hui-Juan; Zhou, Ren-Chao; Yang, Gui-Li; Wu, Wei; Fan, Qiang; Liao, Wen-Bo</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Many Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span> are locally endemic, providing an interesting system for studying adaptation and speciation. Among these <span class="hlt">species</span>, F. danxiaensis is a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> endemic to Mount Danxia in Guangdong, China, which is an area known for presenting the Danxia landform. How F. danxiaensis could have adapted to the stressful environment of rocky cliffs covered with barren soils in the Danxia landform is still unknown. In this study, we performed de novo assembly of the transcriptome of F. danxiaensis, obtaining 47,221 unigenes with an N50 value of 987 bp. Homology analysis showed that 32,318 of the unigenes presented hits in the NCBI non-redundant database, and 31,857 exhibited significant matches with the protein database of Theobroma cacao. Gene Ontology (GO) annotation showed that hundreds of unigenes participated in responses to various stresses or nutritional starvation, which may help us to understand the adaptation of F. danxiaensis to Danxia landform. Additionally, we found 263 genes related to responses to Cd, partially explaining the high accumulation of Cd observed in Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span>. The EuKaryotic Orthologous Groups (KOG) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) annotations revealed many genes playing roles in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and environmental adaptation, which may also contribute to the survivor and success of Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span> in extreme environments. Based on the obtained transcriptome, we further identified a Firmiana-specific whole-genome duplication event that occurred approximately 20 Mya, which may have provided raw materials for the diversification of Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26427005</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4591120','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4591120"><span id="translatedtitle">De Novo Transcriptome Assembly in Firmiana danxiaensis, a <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Endemic to the Danxia Landform</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Chen, Su-Fang; Li, Ming-Wan; Jing, Hui-Juan; Zhou, Ren-Chao; Yang, Gui-Li; Wu, Wei; Fan, Qiang; Liao, Wen-Bo</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>Many Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span> are locally endemic, providing an interesting system for studying adaptation and speciation. Among these <span class="hlt">species</span>, F. danxiaensis is a <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> endemic to Mount Danxia in Guangdong, China, which is an area known for presenting the Danxia landform. How F. danxiaensis could have adapted to the stressful environment of rocky cliffs covered with barren soils in the Danxia landform is still unknown. In this study, we performed de novo assembly of the transcriptome of F. danxiaensis, obtaining 47,221 unigenes with an N50 value of 987 bp. Homology analysis showed that 32,318 of the unigenes presented hits in the NCBI non-redundant database, and 31,857 exhibited significant matches with the protein database of Theobroma cacao. Gene Ontology (GO) annotation showed that hundreds of unigenes participated in responses to various stresses or nutritional starvation, which may help us to understand the adaptation of F. danxiaensis to Danxia landform. Additionally, we found 263 genes related to responses to Cd, partially explaining the high accumulation of Cd observed in Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span>. The EuKaryotic Orthologous Groups (KOG) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) annotations revealed many genes playing roles in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and environmental adaptation, which may also contribute to the survivor and success of Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span> in extreme environments. Based on the obtained transcriptome, we further identified a Firmiana-specific whole-genome duplication event that occurred approximately 20 Mya, which may have provided raw materials for the diversification of Firmiana <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:26427005</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AcO....70...10F','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AcO....70...10F"><span id="translatedtitle">Interspecific variation in resistance of two host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to spruce budworm</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Fuentealba, Alvaro; Bauce, Éric</p> <p>2016-01-01</p> <p>Woody plants regularly sustain biomass losses to herbivorous insects. Consequently, they have developed various resistance mechanisms to cope with insect attack. However, these mechanisms of defense and how they are affected by resource availability are not well understood. The present study aimed at evaluating and comparing the natural resistance (antibiosis and tolerance) of balsam fir (Abies balsamea [L.] Mill.) and white spruce (Picea glauca [Moench) Voss] to spruce budworm, Choristoneura fumiferana (Clem.), and how drainage site quality as a component of resource availability affects the expression of resistance over time (6 years). Our results showed that there are differences in natural resistance between the two <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> to spruce budworm, but it was not significantly affected by drainage quality. Balsam fir exhibited higher foliar toxic secondary compounds concentrations than white spruce in all drainage classes, resulting in lower male pupal mass, survival and longer male developmental time. This, however, did not prevent spruce budworm from consuming more foliage in balsam fir than in white spruce. This response suggests that either natural levels of measured secondary compounds do not provide sufficient toxicity to reduce defoliation, or spruce budworm has developed compensatory mechanisms, which allow it to utilize food resources more efficiently or minimize the toxic effects that are produced by its host's defensive compounds. Larvae exhibited lower pupal mass and higher mortality in rapidly drained and subhygric sites. Drainage class also affected the amount of foliage destroyed but its impact varied over the years and was probably influenced by climatic variables. These results demonstrate the complexity of predicting the effect of resource availability on <span class="hlt">tree</span> defenses, especially when other confounding environmental factors can affect <span class="hlt">tree</span> resource allocation and utilization.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4571104','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4571104"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf economics of evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> along an elevational gradient in a subtropical mountain</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Bai, Kundong; He, Chengxin; Wan, Xianchong; Jiang, Debing</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The ecophysiological mechanisms underlying the pattern of bimodal elevational distribution of evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> remain incompletely understood. Here we used leaf economics spectrum (LES) theory to explain such patterns. We measured leaf economic traits and constructed an LES for the co-existing 19 evergreen and 15 deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> growing in evergreen broad-leaved forest at low elevation, beech-mixed forest at middle elevation and hemlock-mixed forest at high elevation in Mao'er Mountain, Guangxi, Southern China (25°50′N, 110°49′E). Leaf economic traits presented low but significant phylogenetic signal, suggesting trait similarity between closely related <span class="hlt">species</span>. After considering the effects of phylogenetic history, deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> in general showed a more acquisitive leaf strategy with a higher ratio of leaf water to dry mass, higher leaf nitrogen and phosphorous contents, higher photosynthetic and respiratory rates and greater photosynthetic nitrogen-use efficiency. In contrast, evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited a more conservative leaf strategy with higher leaf mass per area, greater construction costs and longer leaf life span. With the elevation-induced decreases of temperature and soil fertility, both evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> showed greater resource conservation, suggesting the increasing importance of environmental filtering to community assembly with increasing elevation. We found close inter-specific correlations between leaf economic traits, suggesting that there are strong genetic constraints limiting the independent evolution of LES traits. Phylogenetic signal increased with decreasing evolutionary rate across leaf economic traits, suggesting that genetic constraints are important for the process of trait evolution. We found a significantly positive relationship between primary axis <span class="hlt">species</span> score (PASS) distance and phylogenetic distance across <span class="hlt">species</span> pairs and an increasing average PASS distance between evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> with increasing elevation, implying that the frequency of distantly related evergreen and deciduous pairs with wide spreading of leaf economic values increases with increasing elevation. Our findings thus suggest that elevation acts as an environmental filter to both select the locally adapted evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> with sufficient phylogenetic variation and regulate their distribution along the elevational gradient based on their coordinated spreading of phylogenetic divergence and leaf economic variation. PMID:26056133</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26056133','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26056133"><span id="translatedtitle">Leaf economics of evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> along an elevational gradient in a subtropical mountain.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Bai, Kundong; He, Chengxin; Wan, Xianchong; Jiang, Debing</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The ecophysiological mechanisms underlying the pattern of bimodal elevational distribution of evergreen <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> remain incompletely understood. Here we used leaf economics spectrum (LES) theory to explain such patterns. We measured leaf economic traits and constructed an LES for the co-existing 19 evergreen and 15 deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> growing in evergreen broad-leaved forest at low elevation, beech-mixed forest at middle elevation and hemlock-mixed forest at high elevation in Mao'er Mountain, Guangxi, Southern China (25°50'N, 110°49'E). Leaf economic traits presented low but significant phylogenetic signal, suggesting trait similarity between closely related <span class="hlt">species</span>. After considering the effects of phylogenetic history, deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> in general showed a more acquisitive leaf strategy with a higher ratio of leaf water to dry mass, higher leaf nitrogen and phosphorous contents, higher photosynthetic and respiratory rates and greater photosynthetic nitrogen-use efficiency. In contrast, evergreen <span class="hlt">species</span> exhibited a more conservative leaf strategy with higher leaf mass per area, greater construction costs and longer leaf life span. With the elevation-induced decreases of temperature and soil fertility, both evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> showed greater resource conservation, suggesting the increasing importance of environmental filtering to community assembly with increasing elevation. We found close inter-specific correlations between leaf economic traits, suggesting that there are strong genetic constraints limiting the independent evolution of LES traits. Phylogenetic signal increased with decreasing evolutionary rate across leaf economic traits, suggesting that genetic constraints are important for the process of trait evolution. We found a significantly positive relationship between primary axis <span class="hlt">species</span> score (PASS) distance and phylogenetic distance across <span class="hlt">species</span> pairs and an increasing average PASS distance between evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> with increasing elevation, implying that the frequency of distantly related evergreen and deciduous pairs with wide spreading of leaf economic values increases with increasing elevation. Our findings thus suggest that elevation acts as an environmental filter to both select the locally adapted evergreen and deciduous <span class="hlt">species</span> with sufficient phylogenetic variation and regulate their distribution along the elevational gradient based on their coordinated spreading of phylogenetic divergence and leaf economic variation. PMID:26056133</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24583020','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24583020"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> estimation of North American chorus frogs (Hylidae: Pseudacris) with parallel tagged amplicon sequencing.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Barrow, Lisa N; Ralicki, Hannah F; Emme, Sandra A; Lemmon, Emily Moriarty</p> <p>2014-06-01</p> <p>The field of phylogenetics is changing rapidly with the application of high-throughput sequencing to non-model organisms. Cost-effective use of this technology for phylogenetic studies, which often include a relatively small portion of the genome but several taxa, requires strategies for genome partitioning and sequencing multiple individuals in parallel. In this study we estimated a multilocus phylogeny for the North American chorus frog genus Pseudacris using anonymous nuclear loci that were recently developed using a reduced representation library approach. We sequenced 27 nuclear loci and three mitochondrial loci for 44 individuals on 1/3 of an Illumina MiSeq run, obtaining 96.5% of the targeted amplicons at less than 20% of the cost of traditional Sanger sequencing. We found heterogeneity among gene <span class="hlt">trees</span>, although four major clades (Trilling Frog, Fat Frog, crucifer, and West Coast) were consistently supported, and we resolved the relationships among these clades for the first time with strong support. We also found discordance between the mitochondrial and nuclear datasets that we attribute to mitochondrial introgression and a possible selective sweep. Bayesian concordance analysis in BUCKy and <span class="hlt">species</span> <span class="hlt">tree</span> analysis in (*)BEAST produced largely similar topologies, although we identify taxa that require additional investigation in order to clarify taxonomic and geographic range boundaries. Overall, we demonstrate the utility of a reduced representation library approach for marker development and parallel tagged sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq for phylogenetic studies of non-model organisms. PMID:24583020</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3568837','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=3568837"><span id="translatedtitle">Multiple evolutionary processes drive the patterns of genetic differentiation in a forest <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> complex</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Jones, Rebecca C; Steane, Dorothy A; Lavery, Martyn; Vaillancourt, René E; Potts, Brad M</p> <p>2013-01-01</p> <p>Forest <span class="hlt">trees</span> frequently form <span class="hlt">species</span> complexes, complicating taxonomic classification and gene pool management. This is certainly the case in Eucalyptus, and well exemplified by the Eucalyptus globulus complex. This ecologically and economically significant complex comprises four taxa (sspp. bicostata, globulus, maidenii, pseudoglobulus) that are geographically and morphologically distinct, but linked by extensive “intergrade” populations. To resolve their genetic affinities, nine microsatellites were used to genotype 1200 <span class="hlt">trees</span> from throughout the natural range of the complex in Australia, representing 33 morphological core and intergrade populations. There was significant spatial genetic structure (FST = 0.10), but variation was continuous. High genetic diversity in southern ssp. maidenii indicates that this region is the center of origin. Genetic diversity decreases and population differentiation increases with distance from this area, suggesting that drift is a major evolutionary process. Many of the intergrade populations, along with other populations morphologically classified as ssp. pseudoglobulus or ssp. globulus, belong to a “cryptic genetic entity” that is genetically and geographically intermediate between core ssp. bicostata, ssp. maidenii, and ssp. globulus. Geography, rather than morphology, therefore, is the best predictor of overall genetic affinities within the complex and should be used to classify germplasm into management units for conservation and breeding purposes. PMID:23403692</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22359190','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22359190"><span id="translatedtitle">Volatile profile differences and the associated Sirex noctilio activity in two host <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in the Northeastern United States.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Böröczky, Katalin; Zylstra, Kelley E; McCartney, Nathaniel B; Mastro, Victor C; Tumlinson, James H</p> <p>2012-02-01</p> <p>Sirex noctilio females are known to be attracted to stem sections of stressed pine <span class="hlt">trees</span> for oviposition. The volatile profiles and attractiveness of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and two chemotypes of Scots pine (P. sylvestris) were compared after stem injection with herbicide. In general, trap captures on herbicide-treated <span class="hlt">trees</span> were higher than on controls. The high-carene chemotype of Scots pine captured the highest numbers of females, followed by the low-carene chemotype, and finally the Eastern white pine. Herbicide-treated <span class="hlt">trees</span> of both <span class="hlt">species</span> emitted larger quantities of volatiles than the controls. The herbicide treatment induced higher volatile emission rates in the Scots pine chemotypes than in white pine, although there was no difference between the two chemotypes. However, qualitative differences were found between the volatile profiles of the two <span class="hlt">species</span> as well as between the two Scots pine chemotypes, which could account for the differential attractiveness of the <span class="hlt">species</span> and chemotypes tested. PMID:22359190</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18203858','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18203858"><span id="translatedtitle">The exotic legume <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Acacia holosericea alters microbial soil functionalities and the structure of the arbuscular mycorrhizal community.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Remigi, P; Faye, A; Kane, A; Deruaz, M; Thioulouse, J; Cissoko, M; Prin, Y; Galiana, A; Dreyfus, B; Duponnois, R</p> <p>2008-03-01</p> <p>The response of microbial functional diversity as well as its resistance to stress or disturbances caused by the introduction of an exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Acacia holosericea, ectomycorrhized or not with Pisolithus albus, was examined. The results show that this ectomycorrhizal fungus promotes drastically the growth of this fast-growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in field conditions after 7 years of plantation. Compared to the crop soil surrounding the A. holosericea plantation, this exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, associated or not with the ectomycorrhizal symbiont, induced strong modifications in soil microbial functionalities (assessed by measuring the patterns of in situ catabolic potential of microbial communities) and reduced soil resistance in response to increasing stress or disturbance (salinity, temperature, and freeze-thaw and wet-dry cycles). In addition, A. holosericea strongly modified the structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus communities. These results show clearly that exotic plants may be responsible for important changes in soil microbiota affecting the structure and functions of microbial communities. PMID:18203858</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2258654','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2258654"><span id="translatedtitle">The Exotic Legume <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span> Acacia holosericea Alters Microbial Soil Functionalities and the Structure of the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Community▿</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Remigi, P.; Faye, A.; Kane, A.; Deruaz, M.; Thioulouse, J.; Cissoko, M.; Prin, Y.; Galiana, A.; Dreyfus, B.; Duponnois, R.</p> <p>2008-01-01</p> <p>The response of microbial functional diversity as well as its resistance to stress or disturbances caused by the introduction of an exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, Acacia holosericea, ectomycorrhized or not with Pisolithus albus, was examined. The results show that this ectomycorrhizal fungus promotes drastically the growth of this fast-growing <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in field conditions after 7 years of plantation. Compared to the crop soil surrounding the A. holosericea plantation, this exotic <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, associated or not with the ectomycorrhizal symbiont, induced strong modifications in soil microbial functionalities (assessed by measuring the patterns of in situ catabolic potential of microbial communities) and reduced soil resistance in response to increasing stress or disturbance (salinity, temperature, and freeze-thaw and wet-dry cycles). In addition, A. holosericea strongly modified the structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus communities. These results show clearly that exotic plants may be responsible for important changes in soil microbiota affecting the structure and functions of microbial communities. PMID:18203858</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5301570','SCIGOV-STC'); return false;" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5301570"><span id="translatedtitle">Comparison of elemental concentrations in the wood of three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> growing adjacent to an inactive chromium smelter</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.osti.gov/scitech">SciTech Connect</a></p> <p>Bowers, L.J.; Melhuish, J.H. Jr.</p> <p>1988-03-01</p> <p>Studies of plant tissues have been conducted to determine the degree and spatial extent of point source pollutants. Differences in accumulation rates among <span class="hlt">species</span> have been used to identify plants which are good bioindicators of the status of specific elements in soils. A preponderance of these plant studies have used herbaceous plants or the leaves of woody plants. However, it is the woody <span class="hlt">tree</span> bole which provides long-term storage of elements dispersed by anthropogenic sources of pollution. Recent research indicates that the growth rings of <span class="hlt">trees</span> may provide a temporal history of heavy metal deposition in the environment. Additional information is needed about differences in the elemental concentration found in <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings which may be related to <span class="hlt">species</span> differences if <span class="hlt">tree</span> rings are to be used to monitor metal deposition. Seventeen elements were measured in wood samples taken from three <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> growing approximately 1.2 km from an inactive chromium smelter. The <span class="hlt">species</span> sampled were: baldcypress (Taxodium distichum L. Rich.), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.), and Southern red oak (Quercus falcata L. Michx.).</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013EnMan..52..851S','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013EnMan..52..851S"><span id="translatedtitle">Using Data From Seed-Dispersal Modelling to Manage Invasive <span class="hlt">Tree</span> <span class="hlt">Species</span>: The Example of Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marshall in Europe</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Schmiedel, Doreen; Huth, Franka; Wagner, Sven</p> <p>2013-10-01</p> <p>Management strategies to control invasive <span class="hlt">species</span> need information about dispersal distances to predict establishment potential. Fraxinus pennsylvanica is a North American anemochorous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that is invasive in many Central European floodplain forests. To predict seed-dispersal potential, the stochastic model WaldStat was used, which enables different options for directionality (isotropic and anisotropic) to be simulated. In this article, we (1) show empirical results of fructification and seed dispersal for this <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The model predicts approximately 250,000 seeds for one F. pennsylvanica <span class="hlt">tree</span>. These results were used to (2) calculate <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific dispersal distances and effects of wind direction. To consider the influence of wind on dispersal potential of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, long-distance dispersal (LDD [95th percentile dispersal distance]) was calculated. Mean dispersal distances varied between 47 and 66 m. LDD values modelled along the main wind direction ranged from 60 to 150 m. Seed production, dispersal distance, and direction data were (3) incorporated into theoretical management scenarios for forest ecosystems. Finally (4), we discuss management options and the practical relevance of model scenarios in relation to the accuracy of spatial dispersal predictions. Further analyses should be focused on possible, well-adapted management concepts at stand level that could restrict the potential spread of invasive <span class="hlt">species</span>.</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4586421','PMC'); return false;" href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=4586421"><span id="translatedtitle">Photoinhibition of photosystem I under high light in the shade-established tropical <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Psychotria rubra</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pmc">PubMed Central</a></p> <p>Huang, Wei; Zhang, Shi-Bao; Zhang, Jiao-Lin; Hu, Hong</p> <p>2015-01-01</p> <p>The photosynthetic sensitivity to high light differs among understory plants of shade- and sun- established <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. Shade-established <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> are sensitive to high light but the underlying photosynthetic mechanism has not been fully resolved. In the present study, we examined the responses of photosystem I (PSI) and photosystem II (PSII) to high light in shade leaves of a shade-established <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Psychotria rubra and a sun-established <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> Pometia tomentosa. After exposure to 2000 μmol photons m–2 s–1 for 2 h, the maximum photo-oxidizable P700 (Pm) decreased by 40 and 9% in P. rubra and P. tomentosa, respectively. These results indicate that the shade-established <span class="hlt">species</span> P. rubra is incapable of protecting PSI under high light. Strong photoinhibition of PSII under high light led to large depression of electron transfer from PSII to PSI and then prevented further photodamage to PSI. During the high light treatment of 2000 μmol photons m–2 s–1, PSI photoinhibition in P. rubra was accompanied with high levels of cyclic electron flow (CEF) and P700 oxidation ratio. Therefore, we propose that PSI photoinhibition under high light in P. rubra is dependent on electron transfer from PSII to PSI, and CEF is unlikely to play a major role in photoprotection for PSI in P. rubra. These findings suggest that photoinhibition of PSI is another important mechanism underlying why shade-established <span class="hlt">species</span> cannot survive under high light. PMID:26483816</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23974901','PUBMED'); return false;" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23974901"><span id="translatedtitle">Using data from seed-dispersal modelling to manage invasive <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>: the example of Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marshall in Europe.</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed">PubMed</a></p> <p>Schmiedel, Doreen; Huth, Franka; Wagner, Sven</p> <p>2013-10-01</p> <p>Management strategies to control invasive <span class="hlt">species</span> need information about dispersal distances to predict establishment potential. Fraxinus pennsylvanica is a North American anemochorous <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> that is invasive in many Central European floodplain forests. To predict seed-dispersal potential, the stochastic model WaldStat was used, which enables different options for directionality (isotropic and anisotropic) to be simulated. In this article, we (1) show empirical results of fructification and seed dispersal for this <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>. The model predicts approximately 250,000 seeds for one F. pennsylvanica <span class="hlt">tree</span>. These results were used to (2) calculate <span class="hlt">species</span>-specific dispersal distances and effects of wind direction. To consider the influence of wind on dispersal potential of the <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span>, long-distance dispersal (LDD [95th percentile dispersal distance]) was calculated. Mean dispersal distances varied between 47 and 66 m. LDD values modelled along the main wind direction ranged from 60 to 150 m. Seed production, dispersal distance, and direction data were (3) incorporated into theoretical management scenarios for forest ecosystems. Finally (4), we discuss management options and the practical relevance of model scenarios in relation to the accuracy of spatial dispersal predictions. Further analyses should be focused on possible, well-adapted management concepts at stand level that could restrict the potential spread of invasive <span class="hlt">species</span>. PMID:23974901</p> </li> <li> <p><a target="_blank" onclick="trackOutboundLink('http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006AcO....30..117H','NASAADS'); return false;" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006AcO....30..117H"><span id="translatedtitle"><span class="hlt">Tree</span> competition and <span class="hlt">species</span> coexistence in a Quercus--Betula forest in the Dongling Mountains in northern China</span></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html">NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)</a></p> <p>Hou, Ji-hua; Mi, Xiang-cheng; Liu, Can-ran; Ma, Ke-ping</p> <p>2006-09-01</p> <p>The population size structure, growth dynamics and mode of competition among adult <span class="hlt">trees</span> (≥ 4 cm DBH) of six abundant <span class="hlt">tree</span> <span class="hlt">species</span> in a 5 ha study plot of a temperate deciduous forest in the Dongling Mountains in northern China were investigated using diffusion and growth dynamics models. In the year of 2000, two dominant <span class="hlt">species</span>, Quercus liaotungensis and Betula dahurica accounted for ca. 68.69% of the total basal area and 52.71% of the total density of adult plants. Q. liaotungensis, Populus davidiana and Acer mono exhibited inverse J-shaped DBH distributions whereas Betula dahurica, B. platyphylla and Salix caprea had unimodal DBH distributions. One-sided interspecific competition was detected between some <span class="hlt">species</span> combinations at the scale of the 5 ha study