Effects of burial depth on seed germination and seedling emergence of Mexican oaks: a glasshouse experiment
Badano, Ernesto Ivan
Flores Rivas, Joel David
"Despite the interest in restoring oak forests in Mexico, very little is known about their regeneration ecology. We assessed the influence of acorn burial depth on seed germination and seedling emergence for eight Mexican oak species (Q. affinis, Q. castanea, Q. coccolobiolia, Q. laeta, Q. mexicana, Q. polymorpha, Q. tinkhamii and Q. viminea). We performed a glasshouse experiment in which acorns were buried at five soil depths (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 cm). After four months, acorn germination and seedling emergence were recorded. Buried acorns showed higher germination and seedling emergence than unburied ones, but burial depth also influenced these responses. The optimum burial depth for seedling emergence of each species was 2, 4, 6 and 8 cm depth for four species (Q. castanea, Q. mexicana, Q. tinkhamii, and Q. viminea); 2 and 4 cm for Q. laeta; as well as 2, 4 and 8 cm for Q. coccolobifolia."
Knowledge areaCIENCIAS DE LA VIDA
North American forests