Effects of nitrogen availability on northern red oak seedling growth in oak and pine stands in northern Lower Michigan
Canadian Journal of Forest Research
The nitrogen (N) status and dry weight increment of northern red oak (Quercusrubra L.) seedlings in relation to N availability were examined at various levels of canopy cover and understory removal treatments under field conditions in red oak and red pine (Pinusresinosa Ait.) stands. Net N mineralization rates over two growing seasons following canopy cover treatments were determined by the in situ buried bag technique. Canopy removal increased N mineralization in both oak and pine stands. Net N mineralization rates were ≈1.2–2.2 times higher in the clearcut and the other partial canopy cover treatments than in the uncut stands. Net N mineralization in the same canopy cover treatments was ≈2–3 times higher in red oak stands than in red pine stands. However, red oak seedlings from the same canopy cover treatments in both stand types had similar dry weight, N concentrations, N content, and N-use efficiency despite differences in soil N availability...
Sharik, Terry L.; Kim, Choosig; Jurgensen, Martin F.; Buckley, David S.; and Dickson, Richard E., "Effects of nitrogen availability on northern red oak seedling growth in oak and pine stands in northern Lower Michigan" (1996). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 1784.