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Fire history and tree population dynamics in Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus

Zin, Ewa (2016). Fire history and tree population dynamics in Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:105
ISBN 978-91-576-8713-5
eISBN 978-91-576-8714-2
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Fire history and fire regime parameters in relation to the long-term tree population dynamics were studied with dendroecological methods across coniferous habitats of Białowieża Forest (E Poland and W Belarus), a semi-natural European temperate woodland ecosystem. In four different studies various aspects of fire dynamics were explored by using nearly 1500 tree ring samples of Pinus sylvestris and Picea abies. By applying tree diameter at the first fire scar and post-fire growth response as proxies for fire intensity, the fire regime of Białowieża Forest was proven to have been dominated by low-intensity surface fires. However, occasional occurrence of high-intensity stand-replacing fires that were causing substantial successional changes at the stand scale was also recorded (I). Using a multiple-site fire history reconstruction combined with historical maps, eye-witness accounts and information on the abundance of light-demanding flora the omnipresence of fire throughout the coniferous sections of Białowieża and its role in shaping landscape-scale Scots pine dominance was revealed (II), as well as massive spruce encroachment following the fire cessation across those habitats (III). By reconstructing the extent of historical fires in a 9 km2 part of the study area, exploring the spatial dimension of fire disturbance in Białowieża Forest was proven to be possible and documented the occurrence of large-scale fires exceeding 500 ha (IV). The conclusion from these studies is that fire was the main driver of tree population dynamics across the coniferous portions of the Białowieża landscape until relatively recently, i.e. 100–150 yrs ago, with substantial influence on the tree species composition, habitat openness and the following biological diversity, especially of the light-demanding taxa. In that respect, the common opinion that fire is less important in shaping forest dynamics of both, Białowieża Forest, and temperate Europe, was challenged.

Authors/Creators:Zin, Ewa
Title:Fire history and tree population dynamics in Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:3 October 2016
Number of Pages:57
IZin, E., Drobyshev, I., Bernacki, D., Niklasson, M. (2015). Dendrochronological reconstruction reveals a mixed-intensity fire regime in Pinus sylvestris-dominated stands of Białowieża Forest, Belarus and Poland. Journal of Vegetation Science 26(5), 934–945.
IIZin, E. & Niklasson, M. Fire and pine dominance in Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus (manuscript).
IIIZin, E., Kuberski, Ł., Pilch, K., Sańczyk, P., Bernacki, D., Drobyshev, I., Niklasson, M. Spruce population dynamics in Białowieża Forest (Poland, Belarus) in relation to fire disturbance (manuscript).
IVZin, E., Kuberski, Ł., Drobyshev, I., Niklasson, M. Spatial aspects of historical fires in Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus (manuscript).
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8713-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8714-2
Additional Information:Author's address: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp and Forest Research Institute (IBL), Department of Natural Forests, Białowieża, Poland
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:B Geography and history > B50 History
F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forest fires, fire ecology, temperate forests, picea abies, pinus sylvestris, population dynamics, age structure, dendrochronology, growth rings, poland, belarus
Keywords:age structure, Central Europe, disturbance, Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, tree ring, fire scar, temperate forest
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ID Code:13699
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Ms. Ewa Zin
Deposited On:04 Oct 2016 08:52
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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