Potential Role of Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) in Colonizing Metal-Contaminated Ecosystems

  • Joseph D. Shorthouse
  • Giuseppe Bagatto
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The industrially damaged lands around the smelters of Sudbury are inhabited by several species of plants that can tolerate high levels of toxic metals (Hogan and Rauser 1978; Cox and Hutchinson 1980). One of these plants, the sweet lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), has colonized large areas of the smelter-affected area. It is particularly abundant within the birch transition forest described in the previous chapter (Chapter 18). This chapter reviews the attributes of V. angustifolium that made it successful in the Sudbury industrially damaged lands. There are actually two species of blueberry near Sudbury, V. angustifolium and V. myrtilloides, of which V. angustifolium is the more common of the two. Although they are similar (see descriptions of each in Vander Kloet [1988]) and grow in the same habitats, care was taken to restrict our studies to V. angustifolium.


Sulfur Dioxide Gypsy Moth Metal Tolerance Forest Tent Caterpillar Lowbush Blueberry 
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