Watson, Gary W.
Chacalo, A.
Bye, R.
Ordaz, V.
Aldama, A.
Vazquez, H. J.

Root Growth of Quercus crassifolia, Q. crassipes and Fraxinus uhdei in Two Different Soil Types

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Seedlings of selected tree species were grown in small benchtop rhizotrons filled with fine- and coarse- textured soils representing 2 different urban edaphic condi- tions in Mexico City. Bulk density was significantly higher and porosity was significantly lower in the coarse-textured soil. The maximum depth of root penetration visible be- hind the glass was significantly greater in the fine-textured soil for each of the 3 species after 5 months. Roots of Fraxinus uhdei penetrated deeper than roots of both Quercus crassipes and Q. crassifolia in both soils. Fraxinus uhdei root and shoot dry weight were significantly reduced in coarse- textured soil compared to the fine-textured soil, but both Quercus species were unaffected by soil type. In the fine- textured soil, F. uhdei root and shoot dry weight was signifi- cantly greater than both Quercus species, but not in the coarse-textured soil. At the end of the study, F. uhdei grow- ing in fine-textured soil were taller than F. uhdei growing in coarse-textured soil and taller than both Quercus species in both soils, though the difference took 6 weeks longer to develop in the coarse-textured soil.
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20, 30-37
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