Title

Effects of nitrogen availability on northern red oak seedling growth in oak and pine stands in northern Lower Michigan

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Canadian Journal of Forest Research

Volume

26

Issue

6

Publication Date

1996

First Page

1103

Last Page

1111

Abstract

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...