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Relationships between leaf traits and morphological attributes in one-year bareroot Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. seedlings

V. Ivetić, S. Stjepanović, J. Devetaković , D. Stanković, M. Škorić

V. Ivetić
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
S. Stjepanović
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
J. Devetaković
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia. Email: jovana.devetakovic@sfb.bg.ac.rs
D. Stanković
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
M. Škorić
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia

Online First: August 26, 2014
Ivetić, V., Stjepanović, S., Devetaković, J., Stanković, D., Škorić, M. 2014. Relationships between leaf traits and morphological attributes in one-year bareroot Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. seedlings. Annals of Forest Research DOI:10.15287/afr.2014.214


Leaf traits were investigated as morphological attributes for quality estimation of one-year-old bareroot seedlings of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. Leaf traits (number of simple – NSL and compound leaves – NCL, leaf average – ALA and total area – TLA and leaf area ratio – LAR) show similar relations to morphological attributes, the strongest to shoot growth (height – HT, root collar diameter – DIA and shoot dry weight – SDW). Increases of seedling morphological attributes are strongly related to increases of ALA. Given to strong positive correlations with other morphological attributes, ALA (R = 0.68-0.88) and TLA (R = 0.46-0.92) are suitable for seedlings quality testing. TLA explained a larger proportion of the variation of SDW (R2 = 0.85) and ALA explained a large proportion of the variation of DIA (R2 = 0.81). Leaf traits can be considered as valuable morphological attributes of seedling quality, in addition to strong correlation with other morphological attributes.


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