Oecologia

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 139–142 | Cite as

Effects of flooding on Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Eucalyptus globulus seedlings

  • A. R. Sena Gomes
  • T. T. Kozlowski
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Summary

Flooding for up to 40 days induced morphological changes and reduced growth of 6-week-old Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Eucalyptus globulus seedlings. However, the specific responses to flooding varied markedly between these species and with duration of flooding. Both species produced abundant adventitious roots that originated near the tap root and original lateral roots, but only E. camaldulensis produced adventitious roots on submerged portions of the stem. Flooding induced leaf epinasty and reduced total dry weight increment of seedling of both species but growth of E. globulus was reduced more. In both species dry weight increment of shoots was reduced more than dry weight increment of roots, reflecting compensatory growth of adventitious roots. Adaptation to flooding appeared to be greater in E. camaldulensis than in E. globulus. the importance of formation of adventitious roots in flooding tolerance is emphasized.

Keywords

Morphological Change Lateral Root Eucalyptus Adventitious Root Specific Response 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Sena Gomes
    • 1
  • T. T. Kozlowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ForestryUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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