Long-term effects of mechanized stump treatment against Heterobasidion annosum root rot in Picea abies

Oliva, Jonas and Thor, Magnus and Stenlid, Jan (2010) Long-term effects of mechanized stump treatment against Heterobasidion annosum root rot in Picea abies. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Forestiere, 40 (6). pp. 1020-1033. ISSN 0045-5067

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Airborne Heterobasidion annosum (Fr.) Bref. sensu lato infections can be controlled by winter thinning or by mechanically spreading urea or Phlebiopsis gigantea (Fr.) Julich spores on stump surfaces during summer thinning operations. The long-term outcomes of these control methods when applied as part of the conventional forest operations are unclear. We studied the rot incidence and population structure of H. annosum in plots of Picea abies (L.) Karst. thinned in winter or thinned in summer with and without treatment of the stumps. Plots were distributed among 11 stands in Sweden representing two different land use histories: forest and agricultural. After 13 years, the effect of stump treatment on rot incidence was only evident in stands on former agricultural land. In stands planted on former forest land with higher levels of preexisting rot than on former agricultural land, the expansion of preexisting genets of H. annosum might have masked the effects of stump protection. In former forest land, unprotected summer plots showed a greater diversity of H. annosum genotypes and a smaller number of trees infected by each genet than in protected plots, suggesting that protection treatments prevented the establishment of new genets, which may result in a reduced rot incidence in the future.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk i klimatförändringens tid > Osäkerhet och risk
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:24
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:24
URI: https://ffpdb.slu.se/id/eprint/3810

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