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Seasonal variations in monoterpene profiles and ecophysiological traits in Mediterranean pine species of group “halepensis

M Michelozzi (1)   , R Tognetti (2), F Maggino (3), M Radicati (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 65-74 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0206-0010065
Published: Feb 28, 2008 - Copyright © 2008 SISEF

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Foliar and cortical terpene profile, and needle gas exchange and water potential of P. halepensis, P. brutia and P. eldarica were compared over three consecutive seasons (1996-1998) in an experimental plantation nearby Firenze (Italy). Terpene percentages in mature tissue (cortex and needle) did not change in response to water stress during summer period and remained stable through seasons and years. Terpene profiles were not affected by seasonal drought, and are thus valuable to characterize Mediterranean pine species of the group “halepensis”. There was a threshold-type response of maximum daily gas exchange to decreasing predawn water potential in all pines. Net photosynthesis and needle conductance were linearly related, regardless of the species.


Pinus halepensis, Terpene, Drought, Photosynthesis, Water relations

Authors’ address

M Michelozzi
M Radicati
Istituto di Genetica Vegetale - CNR, Firenze, Italy
R Tognetti
Dipartimento di Scienze Animali, Vegetali e dell’Ambiente, Università degli Studi del Molise, Campobasso, Italy
F Maggino
Dipartimento di Studi Sociali, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.

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Michelozzi M, Tognetti R, Maggino F, Radicati M (2008). Seasonal variations in monoterpene profiles and ecophysiological traits in Mediterranean pine species of group “halepensis”. iForest 1: 65-74. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0206-0010065

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Received: Jul 15, 2004
Accepted: Sep 10, 2004

First online: Feb 28, 2008
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2008
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