Effect of accumulated duration of the light period on bud burst in Norway spruce (Picea abies) of varying ages

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Abstract

One-year-old seedlings (two sowing times), two-year-old seedlings and 14- and 18-year-old cuttings of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) were exposed to shortening photoperiod (initially 16h), lengthening photoperiod (initially 6h) and constant short photoperiod (6h) treatments with uniform temperature conditions in growth chambers. The timing of bud burst was examined. In all plants, shortening photoperiod treatment seemed to promote bud burst compared with other treatments. This effect was clearest in the oldest material. The results suggest that, in addition to temperature sum, the accumulated duration of the light period may promote bud burst of Norway spruce.

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Partanen, J., Leinonen, I., & Repo, T. (2001). Effect of accumulated duration of the light period on bud burst in Norway spruce (Picea abies) of varying ages. Silva Fennica, 35(1), 111–117. https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.608

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