Journal article

Whole-tree distribution and temporal variation of non-structural carbohydrates in broadleaf evergreen trees

M Smith, RE Miller, SK Arndt, S Kasel, LT Bennett

Tree Physiology | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2018


Non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) form a fundamental yet poorly quantified carbon pool in trees. Studies of NSC seasonality in forest trees have seldom measured whole-tree NSC stocks and allocation among organs, and are not representative of all tree functional types. Non-structural carbohydrate research has primarily focussed on broadleaf deciduous and coniferous evergreen trees with distinct growing seasons, while broadleaf evergreen trees remain under-studied despite their different growth phenology. We measured whole-tree NSC allocation and temporal variation in Eucalyptus obliqua L’Hér., a broadleaf evergreen tree species typically occurring in mixed-age temperate forests, which has y..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by the Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research program, which is funded by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Funding was also provided by a Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment and an Australian Postgraduate Award to M. Smith.