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Lajos Mayr, Marian, 2010. Restoration of oak forests : soil charecteristics and light availability and their relation to early plant colonization patterns. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



Recently established broadleaf plantations on former arable land initially do not contain a characteristic ground layer species community with forest herbs. They are therefore dependent on colonization processes. However due to former land use, environmental conditions in these plantations differ from continuously forested land. This study aimed to analyze some of the environmental conditions found in young secondary woodlands and investigates their importance for
establishment of ground layer species.
Ground layer species communities of 36 broadleaf woodlands in Southern Sweden were analyzed in reference to their land use history. 18 recently established oak plantations on former arable land were compared to 18 adjacent old woodlands with long broadleaf forest continuity. Community ordination analysis was used to investigate the importance of differing environmental conditions between recent
and old woodlands for the formation of the present ground layer species communities.
Soil properties and light conditions were found to be significantly different between recent and old woodlands. In community ordination, the factor accounting for land use history was found to be most influential for the explanation of the observed differences in species community structures. However soil properties also seem to be an important factor influencing the colonization process.
Even young plantations of 20 years in age can provide suitable growing conditions for typical forest species. However a precondition seems to be a high dispersal
ability of woodland species. Light and soil conditions in woodlands were found to be suitable to explain a large part of the variation in herb layer community structure. However further research is needed to be able to set the investigated factors in relation to other factors influencing the colonization process.

Main title:Restoration of oak forests
Subtitle:soil charecteristics and light availability and their relation to early plant colonization patterns
Authors:Lajos Mayr, Marian
Supervisor:Brunet, Jörg
Examiner:Lindbladh, Matts
Series:Master thesis / SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Volume/Sequential designation:161
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM001 Euroforester - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Keywords:restoration, soil characteristics, plant colonization patterns
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry production
Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 08:16
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:17

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