Ecological Research

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 21–35

Regeneration of beech (Fagus crenata) after the simultaneous death of undergrowing dwarf bamboo (Sasa kurilensis)

  • Tohru Nakashizuka

DOI: 10.1007/BF02348692

Cite this article as:
Nakashizuka, T. Ecol. Res. (1988) 3: 21. doi:10.1007/BF02348692


Seedling recruitment and survivorship of beech (Fagus crenata) were studied with special reference to the simultaneous death of undergrowing bamboo (Sasa kurilensis). The survival rate of beech seedlings on the floor whereSasa had withered was much higher than that on the floor whereSasa survived. Damping off caused the largest mortality among beech seedlings. However, the allocation pattern of matter to different parts of the seedlings indicated that their survival was greatly affected by production economy. The dense cover of dwarf bamboo prevented the establishment of beech seedling banks on the forest floor. The interval between the times when simultaneous death ofSasa occur and the length of its recovery period are thus important factors controlling the dynamics of beech forests in Japan.

Key words

Fagus crenata Regeneration Sasa kurilensis Seedling bank Simultaneous death 

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© Ecological Society of Japan 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tohru Nakashizuka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceOsaka City UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Vegetation LaboratoryForestry and Forest Products Research InstituteIbarakiJapan

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