Jacobs, Karel
Berry, Allison M.
MacDonald, J.D.
Costello, Larry

Rooting Responses of Three Oak Species to Low Oxygen Stress

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Rooting characteristics were compared in blue (Q. douglasii), valley (Q. lobata), and cork oak (Q. suber) seedlings under hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions. A 50 percent reduction in root growth occurred in all species at an oxygen level of 4 percent, or an oxygen diffusion rate of 0.3 µg cm-2min-1. Blue oak formed few lateral roots regardless of oxygen level, but valley and cork oak root production decreased under hypoxic conditions. Four percent soil oxygen might be viewed as a minimum requirement for sustaining root growth of oaks in the field, and differences in root branching morphology may be correlated with tolerance of root hypoxia
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USDA Forest Service Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-160