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Plant Ecology

, Volume 210, Issue 1, pp 31–41 | Cite as

Regeneration of Robinia pseudoacacia riparian forests after clear-cutting along the Chikumagawa River in Japan

  • Hiroyuki KurokochiEmail author
  • Keisuke Toyama
  • Taizo Hogetsu
Article

Abstract

Regeneration processes of riparian Robinia pseudoacacia forests after clear-cutting were investigated through dendroecological and microsatellite polymorphism analyses. Age determination of regenerated R. pseudoacacia trees based on the dendroecological analysis revealed that forests regenerating after clear-cutting were composed of trees that mostly established within a few years after clear-cutting. This suggests that the stimulus to form new shoots was evoked by clear-cutting but faded within a few years. Genet identification via the microsatellite polymorphism analysis showed that ramet trees belonging to the same genet were distributed in a cluster. Almost all trees regenerated asexually through new ramet formation on the cut stumps and residual horizontal roots after clear-cutting. AMOVA with microsatellite markers showed that among- and within-population variations contributed 6 and 94% to the total variation, respectively, suggesting that R. pseudoacacia trees in the forests were initially established from seeds dispersed randomly from mother trees in a wide area.

Keywords

AMOVA Asexual reproduction Dendroecology Regeneration processes Robinia pseudoacacia SSR analysis 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank the staff of the Chikumagawa River Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for their invaluable help, including logging the R. pseudoacacia trees in the field, and members of the Laboratory of Forest Botany, the University of Tokyo, for various help and support in both the field and laboratory. This study was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists from the JSPS (No. 6167) to HK, and a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) from the JSPS to TH.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Kurokochi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Keisuke Toyama
    • 1
  • Taizo Hogetsu
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of Tokyo TokyoJapan

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