Belowground ecosystems have been poorly studied in world forests. It is necessary to understand this complex portion of the ecosystem, which directly receives up to 50 % of a tree?s fixed carbon. The proposed study will focus on the belowground ecosystem of Douglas-fir forests and how it is affected by paper birch over an 80 year period using a chronosequence approach. The deliverables include: final selection of study sites; layout of sampling plots; identification of vegetation from these plots; installation of root windows on a portion of these plots; training of a graduate student and a thesis proposal. All these deliverables were completed.
Durall, Daniel M.. 2003. Influence of birch on belowground ecosystems in Douglas-fir stands of different ages: Daniel Durall.. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR333
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Ectomycorrhizae, Betula, Papyrifera, Pseudotsuga, Menziesii, Soil, Ecology, British, Columbia
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