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Moisture Stress and Root Volume Influence Transplant Shock: Preliminary Results
Haase, Diane L.; Rose, Robin.
1990: Roseburg, OR
Despite evidence of its economic
impact, very little is known about transplant
shock. This study was designed to evaluate
transplant shock in relation to root volume and
soil water content for two year-old Douglas-fir
seedlings. Preliminary results found that new
growth decreased and days to budbreak increased
with higher moisture stress. This effect was most
pronounced for high root volume seedlings in the
driest soil. Forthcoming results are expected to
further implicate moisture stress as an
influencing factor in transplant shock.
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