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Effects of nutrient loading and fertilization at planting on growth and nutrient status of Lutz spruce (Picea x lutzii) seedlings during the first growing season in Iceland
Norðurlandsskógar, Krókeyri, IS-600, Akureyri, Iceland.
Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Iceland, Hvanneyri, IS-311, Borgarnes, Iceland.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Forest and Wood Technology. School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 43, 739 21 Skinnskatteberg, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, Vol. 28, no 7, 631-641 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The low availability of nitrogen (N) is believed to be one of the major limiting factors of forest regeneration inIceland and frequently under Boreal conditions. Lutz spruce (Picea x lutzii Littl.) seedlings were nutrient loadedusing four fertilization regimes in the end of nursery rotation in autumn 2008 and planted in the following spring,with or without a single dose of fertilizer, on two treeless sites in N-Iceland with contrasting soil fertility.Measurements were made after one growing season. The highest loading level without additional field fertilizationincreased new needle mass by 122% and 152%, for the poor and more fertile site, respectively. The highest loadinglevel with field fertilization increased new needle mass equally, by 188% and 189%, for the poor and more fertilesite, respectively. Retranslocation of N, from old needles to current needles, increased with more loading.However, it was clear that nutrient loading could not replace field fertilization, as the seedlings generally showedan additive response to field fertilization and nutrient loading; doing both always gave the best results in seedlingperformance. As the study only covers field establishment during the first year, the long-term effect of nutrientloading of Lutz spruce cannot be predicted. However, it was concluded that loading might provide an additionalinput for faster plantation establishment during the first growing season after planting.

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 28, no 7, 631-641 p.
Keyword [en]
field fertilization; Lutz spruce seedlings; nutrient loading; seedling establishment
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Forest Science Renewable Bioenergy Research
Research subject
Energi, skog och byggd miljö
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13131DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2013.824503ISI: 000324366900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13131DiVA: diva2:655244
Available from: 2013-10-10 Created: 2013-10-10 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved

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