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Wildfire in Swedish boreal forests - Impacts of fire severity and salvage logging on tree seedling regeneration and the belowground system

Ibáñez, Theresa Simona (2022). Wildfire in Swedish boreal forests - Impacts of fire severity and salvage logging on tree seedling regeneration and the belowground system. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-883-7
eISBN 978-91-7760-884-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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Wildfires are projected to occur more frequently and become more severe as the climate warms. The increasing release of carbon to the atmosphere from more severe fires may contribute to climate warming, and thus initiate a positive feedback loop. Following wildfire, salvage logging is a common management practice, but the impact on soil and vegetation may vary depending on fire severity. Hence, it is important to understand how wildfire severity and salvage logging affect soil abiotic and biotic properties and tree seedling regeneration. Also, in the future, forest recovery from fire and salvage logging may be affected by climate warming. In this thesis, I have conducted laboratory and greenhouse experiments to investigate the abiotic and biotic effects of fire severity and post-fire management on biomass production of Betula pendula, Picea abies and Pinus sylvestris seedlings regenerated from seeds and associated soil processes. Further, I have performed a mesocosm field experiment to investigate the impacts of fire severity, salvage logging and experimental warming on P. abies and P. sylvestris nursery seedlings in situ, and undertaken field measurements of soil N transformation rates and C fluxes in stands of varying fire severity and management. This thesis shows that the effect of fire severity on the soil system is stronger than that of salvage logging and that the impact of salvage logging on forest regeneration varies depending on fire severity; these effects can further be directly or indirectly altered by experimental climate warming. This thesis also shows that the effect of soil abiotic and biotic properties following fire on tree seedling regeneration are species specific. Altogether, it contributes with new fundamental knowledge about the interactive effects of multiple drivers of seedling regeneration and soil processes in the post-fire boreal forest landscape. The conclusions of this thesis can be applied, in combination with other research, in decision making about management of boreal forest following wildfire.

Authors/Creators:Ibáñez, Theresa Simona
Title:Wildfire in Swedish boreal forests - Impacts of fire severity and salvage logging on tree seedling regeneration and the belowground system
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2022
Number of Pages:62
Publisher:Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-883-7
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-884-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:boreal forest, B. pendula, P. abies, plant-soil feedback, P. sylvestris, seedling regeneration, salvage logging, soil C fluxes, soil N transformation rates, wildfire
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ID Code:26703
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
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Deposited On:14 Jan 2022 16:10
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jan 2022 16:11

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