Research article

Comparison of the autoecology of Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl. stands in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula

A. Rodriguez-Campos, I.J. Diaz-Maroto , E. Barcala-Perez, P. Vila-Lameiro

A. Rodriguez-Campos
Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario s/n, E-27002 Lugo, Spain
I.J. Diaz-Maroto
Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario s/n, E-27002 Lugo, Spain. Email: ignacio.diazmaroto@use.es
E. Barcala-Perez
Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario s/n, E-27002 Lugo, Spain
P. Vila-Lameiro
Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario s/n, E-27002 Lugo, Spain

Online First: April 09, 2010
Rodriguez-Campos, A., Diaz-Maroto, I., Barcala-Perez, E., Vila-Lameiro, P. 2010. Comparison of the autoecology of Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl. stands in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Annals of Forest Research 53(1): 7-25.


The purpose of the present work is to characterize the functioning of the ecosystems of semideciduous and deciduous Atlantic oaks in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. The studied species were: Quercus robur L. and Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl. To advance in the knowledge of the autecology of these species it is necessary to descend at the regional level and describe in detail the variability of the environment to determine their potential, and to decide the silvicultural treatments to be applied to preserve them and to analyze future actuations in order to a possible expansion. The analysis of the results allows knowing differences in continentality and site conditions, with more precipitation, soil variability and humidification in Q. petraea forests respect to Q. robur. These information represent appropriate measures for the sustainable and multifunctional management of these forests, useful as indicators environmental and forestry parameters as well as the conservation status of these formations.

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