Silva Fennica : quarterly issues : 33(3) : sa333171.htm

Margus Pensa & Risto Jalkanen. 1999.

Needle chronologies on Pinus sylvestris in northern Estonia and southern Finland

Silva Fennica 33(3): 171–177

A needle trace method was used to reveal the chronology of needle retention on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in southern Finland (two stands) and northern Estonia (two stands). The average annual summer needle retention along the main stem varied from 2.2 to 3.1 in Estonian stands and between 3.4 and 4.2 in Finnish stands during the period 1966–1990. The 23-year-mean needle age was 3.0 and 2.1 years in Finland and Estonia, respectively. In all stands, the mean needle age decreased sharply in 1980s.

Keywords
crown thinning, needle trace method, needle age, needle retention, needle loss, shedding

Addresses
Pensa, Institute of Ecology, Department of Northeast Estonia, Pargi 15, EE-41537 J›hvi, Estonia; Jalkanen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovaniemi Research Station, P.O. Box 16, FIN-96301 Rovaniemi, Finland. E-mail margus@ecoviro.johvi.ee

Received 30 March 1999 Accepted 27 July 1999
ISSN 0037-5330

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