New Forests

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 97–112 | Cite as

Field Performance of Pinus radiata D. Don Produced in Nursery with Different Types of Containers

  • U. Ortega
  • J. Majada
  • A. Mena-Petite
  • J. Sanchez-Zabala
  • N. Rodriguez-Iturrizar
  • K. Txarterina
  • J. Azpitarte
  • M. Duñabeitia


We have studied the development in nurseries of containerized Pinus radiata produced with different container systems in order to choose the most suitable system for producing well-balanced plants with an optimal root system. At the end of the production period, significant differences were found in morphological responses among the seedlings to the various container characteristics. Seedlings grown in containers that permitted lateral air puning presented less growth and lower biomass production. However, root deformations were more frequent and severe in plants produced in closed-wall containers. Field performance was likewise mainly affected by container type and plant growth rate, as faster grown plants showed more problems of stability than plants with a balanced root and stem development.


Root architecture Root deformations Toppling Seedling Plantation establishment Stock types 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Ortega
    • 1
  • J. Majada
    • 2
  • A. Mena-Petite
    • 1
  • J. Sanchez-Zabala
    • 1
  • N. Rodriguez-Iturrizar
    • 1
  • K. Txarterina
    • 3
  • J. Azpitarte
    • 4
  • M. Duñabeitia
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología vegetal y Ecología. Facultad de CienciasUniversidad del País Vasco/EHU. Apdo.- 644BilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Forestry Section. Grado. SERlDA, Estación Experimental “La Mata” apdo. 13AsturiasSpain
  3. 3.Basalan S.A. Diputación Foral de BizkaiaAvda. Madariaga 1-1a Plta. Dpto. 9BilbaoSpain
  4. 4.Confederación de Forestalistas del País VascoGaldakaoSpain

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