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Does management improve the state of chestnut (Castanea sativa L.) on Belasitsa Mountain, southwest Bulgaria?

Tzvetan Zlatanov (1)   , Ivaylo Velichkov (1), Margarita Georgieva (1), Georgi Hinkov (1), Magdalena Zlatanova (1), Georgi Gogusev (2), Chris S Eastaugh (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 860-865 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1420-008
Published: Apr 27, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

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Chestnut forests in the Belasitsa Mountain region of southwest Bulgaria were traditionally intensively managed as orchard-like stands for nut production. More recently, management intensity has been sharply reduced as a result of rural abandonment, which combined with the effects of chestnut blight has led to marked structural changes in these forests. The focus of this paper is on the seed-based regeneration potential and seedling survival of chestnut in mixed stands managed over the past 15 years. Results suggest that management of stands under a high-forest system is appropriate, and regeneration from seed has advantages over coppicing if competing species can be controlled. An investigation into “sanitation cutting” performed since the 1990s shows that this had not a successful response to blight infestations.

  Keywords


Castanea sativa, Chestnut Blight, High-forest System, Seed-based Regeneration

Authors’ address

(1)
Tzvetan Zlatanov
Ivaylo Velichkov
Margarita Georgieva
Georgi Hinkov
Magdalena Zlatanova
Forest Research Institute - Sofia, 132 St. Kliment Ohridski Blvd., 1756 Sofia (Bulgaria)
(2)
Georgi Gogusev
Regional Forest Directorate, Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria)
(3)
Chris S Eastaugh
School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore NSW 2480 (Australia)

Corresponding author

 
Tzvetan Zlatanov
tmzlatanov@gmail.com

Citation

Zlatanov T, Velichkov I, Georgieva M, Hinkov G, Zlatanova M, Gogusev G, Eastaugh CS (2015). Does management improve the state of chestnut (Castanea sativa L.) on Belasitsa Mountain, southwest Bulgaria?. iForest 8: 860-865. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1420-008

Academic Editor

Alberto Santini

Paper history

Received: Aug 04, 2014
Accepted: Jan 23, 2015

First online: Apr 27, 2015
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2015
Publication Time: 3.13 months

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