The water holding capacity of bark in Danish angiosperm trees

Hanne Marie Ellegård Larsen, Hanne Nina Rasmussen, Thomas Nord-Larsen

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The water holding capacity of bark in seven Danish angiosperm trees was examined. The aim of the study was (1) to examine height trends and (2) bark thickness trends in relation to the water holding capacity and (3) to determine interspecific differences. The wet-weight and dry-weight of a total number of 427 bark samples were measured. The water holding capacity was calculated as the difference between wet-weight and dry-weight per wet-weight. The water holding capacity increased with elevation in most tree species and contrary to the expectation, thinner bark generally had a higher water holding capacity. Differences in the water holding capacity of bark may influence the occurrence and distribution of a wide range of bark-living organisms including the distribution of corticolous lichens.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventIUFRO Division 5 Conference 2017 - Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 Jun 201716 Jun 2017


ConferenceIUFRO Division 5 Conference 2017
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