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Journal of Forest Research

The Journal of Forest Research (JFR) publishes original articles, reviews, and short communications covering all aspects of forest research, both basic and applied, with the aim of encouraging international communication between scientists in different fields who share a common interest in forest science.

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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.

Browse previously awarded papers:

Year Author(s) Article Volume Issue
2020 Tai Tien Dinh et al. Sprouting capacity of Quercus serrata Thunb. and Quercus acutissima Carruth. after cutting canopy trees in an abandoned coppice forest 23 5
2019 Tsuyoshi Sato, Haruka Yamazaki & Toshiya Yoshida Extending effect of a wind disturbance: mortality of Abies sachalinensis following a strong typhoon in a natural mixed forest 22 6
2018 Wei Wang et al. Cesium absorption through bark of Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) 21 5
2017 Ian D. Thompson An overview of the science–policy interface among climate change, biodiversity, and terrestrial land use for production landscapes 20 5
2017 Atsushi Tamura Potential of soil seed banks in the ecological restoration of overgrazed floor vegetation in a cool-temperate old-growth damp forest in eastern Japan 21 1
2016 Yoshiko Ayabe, Tetsuaki Minoura & Naoki Hijii Plasticity in resource use by the leafminer moth Phyllocnistis sp. in response to variations in host plant resources over space and time 20 1
2015 Ikutaro Tsuyama, Katsuhiro Nakao, Motoki Higa, Tetsuya Matsui, Koji Shichi & Nobuyuki Tanaka What controls the distribution of the Japanese endemic hemlock, Tsuga diversifolia? Footprint of climate in the glacial period on current habitat occupancy 19 1
2014 Kensuke Onodera, Sawako Tokuda, Tomoyuki Abe & Akiko Nagasaka Occurrence probabilities of tree cavities classified by entrance width and internal dimensions in hardwood forests in Hokkaido, Japan 18 1
2013 Hiroto Enari, Shinsuke Koike & Haruka Sakamaki Assessing the diversity of dung beetle assemblages utilizing Japanese monkey feces in cool-temperate forests 16 6