, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 337–340

Functional ecology of growth in seedlings versus root sprouts of Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00468-012-0781-9

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Farahat, E. & Lechowicz, M.J. Trees (2013) 27: 337. doi:10.1007/s00468-012-0781-9


We assessed growth differences and the foliar traits underpinning production in paired samples of juvenile American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.) that originated from seed versus root sprouts. Root sprouts had significantly greater relative extension growth rate and slightly greater leaf mass per unit area compared to seed-derived individuals, but neither light-saturated net photosynthetic rate nor foliar chlorophyll and nitrogen concentrations differed significantly between paired seedlings and sprouts. The greater height growth rate of saplings originating as root sprouts does not result from differing foliar function, but rather depends on translocation of assimilates from the parent tree to sustain this unusual and ecologically important dual regeneration strategy in American beech.


Fagus grandifoliaRoot sproutsSeedlingsLeaf mass per area (LMA)Chlorophyll contentFoliar nitrogenLight-saturated net photosynthetic rate

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of ScienceHelwan UniversityCairoEgypt