Quantitative assessment of stand condition and its relationship to physiological stress in stands of Eucalyptus camaldulensis (Myrtaceae)

S.C. Cunningham, Jennifer Read, Patrick J. Baker, R. Mac Nally

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    Abstract

    River regulation has led to a decline in the condition of Australia’s dominant riverine tree species, Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh., in the Murray–Darling Basin. A quantitative method of assessing the condition of these important riparian forests is required for effective monitoring and management. A range of stand structural, morphological and physiological variables was measured in stands of contrasting condition along the Murray River in south-eastern Australia. Percentage live basal area, plant area index and crown vigour were found to be reliable, objective indicators of stand condition. Little difference was detected in the physiological performance of trees in terms of water potential and chlorophyll fluorescence among stands of good and poor condition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)692-699
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralian Journal of Botany
    Volume55
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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