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The Potentials of Nitrogen Fixing Tree Species for Forest Restoration in the Philippines

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Forest Biological Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna 4031, PHILIPPINES
  • 2Park Chung Hee School of Policy & Saemaul, Yeungnam University 280, Daehak-ro, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, REPUBLIC OF KOREA D
  • 3Department of Forest Resources, College of Life & Environmental Science, Daegu University, Gyeongbuk 712-714, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
  • 4Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (6), Pages 73-82, June,10 (2014)

Abstract

A/Ci curve (net CO assimilation rate, A, versus calculated internal CO concentrations, C), foliage and soils for chemical properties were measured in some 20-year-old nitrogen fixing tree species for reforestation in the Philippines including Acacia auriculiformis, Acacia mangium and Pterocarpus indicus to determine their differences based on the derived parameters, maximum Rubisco carboxylation rate (Vcmax) and maximum capacity for electron transport rate (Jmax). Results of the study showed that parameters, derived from the A/C curve (Vcmax and Jmax), were significantly high in both A. mangium and A. auriculiformis. These species have the ability to survive in various conditions and could also serve as nurse species for other native species. This would eventually lead to subsequent succession by more site-demanding species in the future. The implication of this study is very crucial as it provided better insights about the nature of A. mangium and A. auriculiformis for reforestation purposes. Therefore, more attention should be given to ecophysiological researches by including a variety of species either exotic or native to provide greater understanding of their ecophysiological differences which would better aid forest restoration works.

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