Journal article

Edge type affects leaf-level water relations and estimated transpiration of Eucalyptus arenacea

Thomas E Wright, Michael Tausz, Sabine Kasel, Liubov Volkova, Andrew Merchant, Lauren T Bennett

TREE PHYSIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2012

Abstract

While edge effects on tree water relations are well described for closed forests, they remain under-examined in more open forest types. Similarly, there has been minimal evaluation of the effects of contrasting land uses on the water relations of open forest types in highly fragmented landscapes. We examined edge effects on the water relations and gas exchange of a dominant tree (Eucalyptus arenacea Marginson & Ladiges) in an open forest type (temperate woodland) of south-eastern Australia. Edge effects in replicate woodlands adjoined by cleared agricultural land (pasture edges) were compared with those adjoined by 7- to 9-year-old eucalypt plantation with a 25m fire break (plantation edges)..

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