The Influence of Position and Site on the Height Growth of Young Populus tremula L. Ramets in Low Elevation Formations in Northeastern Greece

  • Elias MILIOS Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Pandazidou 193, 68200, Orestiada
  • Elias PIPINIS Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Silviculture, 54124 Thessaloniki
  • Petros PETROU Cyprus Forestry College, Prodromos, 4841 Cyprus
  • Sofia AKRITIDOU Prefecture of Xanthi, Dioikitirio, 67100 Xanthi
  • Kyriaki KITIKIDOU Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment
  • Paulos SMIRIS Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Silviculture, 54124 Thessaloniki

Abstract

This study was carried out in the central part of Nestos Valley in northeastern Greece. The main objective was to examine the effect of different position (dominant, suppressed, side-shaded) and site productivities on the height growth of young Populus tremula L. clonal ramets in low elevation formations of the species. Fifty-four ramets growing in different positions and sites were cut and studied. Stem analysis was conducted and the height of each ramet at the age of 10 years was calculated. The main results of this research indicate that the dominant ramets on good productivity sites have greater height at the age of 10 years, when compared with the corresponding ramets on medium productivity sites. On the contrary, in suppressed and side-shaded ramets, there is no statistically significant difference in height at the age of 10 years between the two site types. This pattern indicates that competition is the procedure that characterizes the relationships between ramets in the investigated formations. The heights of dominant P. tremula ramets presented in this study are very satisfactory for the species, compared with the height of P. tremula trees from other regions of the species expansion reported in other studies.

Metrics

Metrics Loading ...
Published
2012-09-26
How to Cite
MILIOS, E., PIPINIS, E., PETROU, P., AKRITIDOU, S., KITIKIDOU, K., & SMIRIS, P. (2012). The Influence of Position and Site on the Height Growth of Young Populus tremula L. Ramets in Low Elevation Formations in Northeastern Greece. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 40(2), 302-307. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha4028169
Section
Research Articles

Most read articles by the same author(s)