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Variation in branchlet delta C-13 in relation to branchlet nitrogen concentration and growth in 8-year-old hoop pine families (araucaria cunninghamii) in subtropical Australia

Prasolova, Nina, Xu, Zhihong, Farquhar, Graham D., Saffigna, Paul G., & Dieters, Mark J. (2000) Variation in branchlet delta C-13 in relation to branchlet nitrogen concentration and growth in 8-year-old hoop pine families (araucaria cunninghamii) in subtropical Australia. Tree Physiology, 20(15), 1049 -1055.

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Abstract

Carbon isotope composition (delta(13)C) of branchlet tissue at nine canopy positions, and nitrogen concentration (N-mass) at four canopy positions, were assessed in 8-year-old hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii Ait. exD. Don) trees from 23 half-sib families, grown in six blocks of a progeny test in southeastern Queensland, Australia. There was considerable variation among sampling positions, families and blocks in both delta(13)C and N-mass. The delta(13)C was positively related to N-mass only for samples from the upper outer crown (P < 0.005). Phenotypic correlations existed between tree growth and canopy delta(13)C. Branchlet delta(13)C of th, inner and lower outer crown was positively related (P < 0.037) to tree height, but delta(13)C in branchlets of the upper outer crown was not related to tree height, or was related negatively (P < 0.045). There were significant differences in delta(13)C between hoop pine families for six canopy positions (upper canopy positions as well as lower canopy positions on the northern side), with heritabilities greater than 0.40. The significance of these findings is discussed in relation to water and light competition within the tree canopy of hoop pine.

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ID Code: 20600
Item Type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1093/treephys/20.15.1049
ISSN: 0829-318X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > FORESTRY SCIENCES (070500) > Tree Nutrition and Physiology (070508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > FORESTRY SCIENCES (070500) > Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Deposited On: 26 May 2009 08:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 14:01

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