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dc.contributor.authorSevillano, Ignacio
dc.contributor.authorShort, Ian
dc.contributor.authorCampion, Jerry
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Olga M.
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Jim
dc.contributor.authorO’Reilly, Conor
dc.identifier.citationSevillano, I., Short, I., Campion, J., Grant, O., Grant, J. and O’Reilly, C. (2018). Comparison of photosynthetic performance of Fagus sylvatica seedlings under natural and artificial shading. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 152, 90-96. doi:
dc.description.abstractCommitment to sustainable forest management (alternatives to clearfelling) has led to a renewed interest in continuous cover forestry systems, which promote the control of light to produce stand benefits. Physiological performance of shade-tolerant European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in response to light availability was investigated in natural regeneration below the canopy in contrast to planted seedlings under artificial-shade conditions. Although beech seedlings had higher photosynthetic capacity with increasing light availability, they were able to maintain positive CO2 assimilation rates under low light levels in both field and controlled conditions. Leaves of seedlings under low light had the ability to use light more efficiently (higher PSII efficiency) than those in high light, which offer some physiological explanation for the ability of beech seedlings to grow under very low light conditions. Whilst caution is advised to interpret results from controlled to field studies, the overall general correspondence in the trend of the physiological response to light levels within beech grown below the canopy and under artificial-shade conditions suggests that it might be possible to extrapolate results from studies performed under artificial shade (nets) to field conditions. Hence, the use of nets may be an alternative way of assessing the potential physiological responses of seedlings to light availability.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by the COFORD Forest Research Programme under the 2007–2013 National Development Plan, administered by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). Ignacio Sevillano was supported by a Walsh Fellowship from Teagasc (Ireland).
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEnvironmental and Experimental Botany;Vol. 152
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectcommon beechen_US
dc.subjectLight availabilityen_US
dc.subjectnatural shadingen_US
dc.subjectartificial shadingen_US
dc.titleComparison of photosynthetic performance of Fagus sylvatica seedlings under natural and artificial shadingen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marineen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorTeagasc Walsh Fellowship Programmeen_US

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