Special Issue "Seedling Production and Field Performance of Seedlings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018)
Dr. Jaana Luoranen
Natural Resources Institute Finland, Management and Production of Renewable Resources, Suonenjoki 77600, Finland
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Interests: tree seedling production and forest regeneration, especially planting dates; frost hardiness of tree seedlings; mechanized planting and its biological basics; pine weevil damage and regeneration methods
Rapid establishment of seedlings in forest regeneration or afforestation sites after planting is a prerequisite for a successful reforestation. Seedling survival after outplanting can be improved by using high-quality seedling material. Seedling quality consists of several features, such as genetic source, morphological properties, nutritional status, stress resistance, and vitality of the seedlings. Field performance of the seedlings is a complex process, which can be affected by many nursery and silvicultural practices. Nursery cultural practices strongly affect the seedling quality that is generally at the highest level during the growth period at the nursery. Afterwards, when the seedlings are transported from the nursery to the planting site (including seedling storage, handling, shipping, and planting practices), quality of the seedlings can only remain the same or decline. For ensuring a successful regeneration, it is important to produce seedlings that retain their high quality until planting and to establish them quickly in the forest regeneration site.
This Special Issue of Forests is focused on seedling quality, and how it can be manipulated in a nursery, and how the quality of the seedlings affect their field performance after planting. Research articles may focus on any aspect of seedling production of forest tree species, including interactive effects of nursery cultural practices and field site conditions, including manipulation treatments (e.g., soil preparation), on the field performance of seedlings. Studies dealing with the effects of nursery practices on the ability of seedlings to sustain stressful conditions better, from a nursery to the reforestation site, are also welcome.
Dr. Johanna Riikonen
Dr. Jaana Luoranen
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- Tree seedling
- Nursery production
- Cultural practice
- Seedling quality
- Field performance