Dynamics of natural regeneration of even-aged beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) stands at different shelterwood densities
J.F.B. Peña, J. Remeš, L. Bílekhttps://doi.org/10.17221/69/2010-JFSCitation:Peña J.F.B., Remeš J., Bílek L. (2010): Dynamics of natural regeneration of even-aged beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) stands at different shelterwood densities. J. For. Sci., 56: 580-588.
The article presents results of research focused on the development of natural regeneration of beech stands in the National Natural Reserve Voděradské bučiny, based on information acquired in regeneration plots established in 2004 and 2009. After five years of the study, 5 different generations of beech, representing 97.4% of the whole woody regeneration, were registered. In the second year of life, the two oldest generations of seedlings had the highest mortality registered so far. The last year survival of seedlings was not influenced by increased canopy openings as a result of harvest or mortality. The data from a new plot with higher stand density confirmed the negative effect of high parent stand density on the formation of new regeneration. An elevated proportion of litter in the ground cover was found to be negatively related to the establishment and survival of beech seedlings.
European beech; Fagus sylvatica L.; natural regeneration; natural reserve; stand density