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Stump Sprout Characteristics of Three Commercial Tree Species in Suriname

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Turkeyen Campus, University of Guyana, P.O. Box 11110, Greater Georgetown, Guyana
Universiteits Campus, Anton de Kom University, Leysweg 86, P.O. Box 9212, Paramaribo, Suriname
Dennebos Suriname NV, Dr. Martin Luther Kingweg 61, bvn, P.O. Box 9212, Paramaribo, Suriname
Tropical Agricultural Centre for Research and Higher Education (CATIE), 30501 Turrialba, Costa Rica
Department of Forest Management, Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS), P.O. Box 1914, Paramaribo, Suriname
Department of Biology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 118526, Gainesville, FL 32611-8526, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Forests 2020, 11(11), 1130;
Received: 18 September 2020 / Revised: 20 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 24 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Structure and Sustainable Resource Management)
We compared stump sprouting by three common timber species in Suriname on the basis of sprout origins on stumps, sprout densities, and sprout height:diameter ratios. We then compared some leaf and stem functional traits of 15–18-month-old resprouts and nearby conspecific saplings of the same height (0.5–3.5 m) but unknown age. Stumps of Dicorynia guianensis Amsh. (29–103 cm in diameter) produced the most sprouts (x = 9.2/stump), followed by the 50–71 cm diameter stumps of Eperua falcata Amsh. (10.6/stump), and the 30–78 cm diameter Qualea rosea Amsh. (5.9/stump); sprout density did not vary with stump diameter. Sprouts emerged from the lower, middle, and upper thirds of the stumps of all three species, but not from the vicinity of the exposed vascular cambium in Qualea. With increased resprout density, heights of the tallest sprout per stump tended to increase but height:diameter ratios increased only in Dicorynia. Compared to conspecific saplings, sprouts displayed higher height-diameter ratios, higher leaf-to-wood mass ratios (LWR), and lower wood densities, but did not differ in leaf mass per unit area (LMA) or leaf water contents. These acquisitive functional traits may reflect increased resprout access to water and nutrients via the extensive root system of the stump. That we did not encounter live stump sprouts from the previous round of selective logging, approximately 25 years before our study, suggests that stump sprouts in our study area grow rapidly but do not live long. View Full-Text
Keywords: allometry; coppicing; sprout biomass; tree height:diameter ratios; tropical forestry allometry; coppicing; sprout biomass; tree height:diameter ratios; tropical forestry
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Ramdial, D.; Sewdien, A.; Rasdan, J.; Critchlow, S.; Tjong-A-Hung, N.; Ospina, A.; Wortel, V.; Putz, F.E. Stump Sprout Characteristics of Three Commercial Tree Species in Suriname. Forests 2020, 11, 1130.

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Ramdial D, Sewdien A, Rasdan J, Critchlow S, Tjong-A-Hung N, Ospina A, Wortel V, Putz FE. Stump Sprout Characteristics of Three Commercial Tree Species in Suriname. Forests. 2020; 11(11):1130.

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Ramdial, Donna, Artie Sewdien, Jerry Rasdan, Shermaine Critchlow, Noraisah Tjong-A-Hung, Alejandra Ospina, Verginia Wortel, and Francis E. Putz 2020. "Stump Sprout Characteristics of Three Commercial Tree Species in Suriname" Forests 11, no. 11: 1130.

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