The root-plant ratio changes in the first growing periods of wild cherry (Prunus avium L.) plantations

https://doi.org/10.17221/2147-JFSCitation:Kupka I. (2007): The root-plant ratio changes in the first growing periods of wild cherry (Prunus avium L.) plantations. J. For. Sci., 53: 113-118.
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The root-plant ratio is one of the important parameters for planting stock quality. We suppose that the ratio is one of the driving variables for the growth performance of new plantation in the forest. The study summarises data on the volume of major parts of 4 years old wild cherry trees. An allometric analysis of different parts of plants in relation to the growth performance of wild cherry trees was done. The results show a close positive relationship between the volume of the whole root system and aboveground biomass. The same is true of the fine root proportion in the root system. Data also document that the efficiency of root system is not decreasing during the root development - at least in the investigated period. The same results were obtained for fine root efficiency. Data confirm the importance of the root-plant ratio for the growth performance of new plantation in the forest provided that harmful factors are not at a limiting level.
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