Journal of Forest Research
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The following paper has won the Journal of Forest Research Award 2020. This award-winning paper was selected from all original articles and short communications published in the Journal of Forest Research from July 2018 to June 2019, by the JFR Award nomination committee of the Japanese Forest Society.
Sprouting capacity of Quercus serrata Thunb. and Quercus acutissima Carruth. after cutting canopy trees in an abandoned coppice forest
Tai Tien Dinh, Yasuaki Akaji, Tetsuya Matsumoto, Takumi Toribuchi, Takushi Makimoto, Muneto Hirobe & Keiji Sakamoto (2018) | Journal of Forest Research, 23:5, 287-296
Rejuvenation by sprouting is a possible solution to prevent abandoned coppice forests in Japan from outbreaks of oak wilt disease. Applying this approach requires examining the sprouting capacity of large-sized oak trees. Therefore, the present study investigated the effects of stump size, sprout characteristics (emerging time and origin position), and environmental factors (slope, convexity, soil moisture, soil net nitrogen mineralization rate (Net-NMR) and canopy closure) on sprout regeneration of the two widely distributed oaks in Japan, Quercus serrata and Quercus acutissima, in the first growing season after cutting. Our results evidence that the ability of sprouting and the number of living sprouts might not be reduced in large-sized trees, and the increasing of light availability could promote sprout regeneration.