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Below- and above-ground biomass, structure and patterns in ancient lowland coppices

Tomás Vrška (1-2), David Janík (1)   , Marcela Pálková (1-2), Dusan Adam (1), Jan Trochta (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 23-31 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1839-009
Published: Nov 06, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO division 8.02 - Mendel University Brno (Czech Republic) 2015
Coppice forests: past, present and future
Guest Editors: Tomas Vrska, Renzo Motta, Alex Mosseler

Ancient coppice woods are areas that reflect long-term human influence and contain high species biodiversity. In this type of forest we aimed to: (i) analyze the below- and above ground biomass of stools and estimate the age of largest stool; (ii) define a “zone of interference” for coppices; (iii) describe and classify variability in the shape and size of coppice stools; (iv) define the specific characteristics of the spatial distribution of stems and stools. The study was conducted in the Podyjí National Park, Czech Republic, where two old oak coppice stands were fully stem mapped: Lipina (3.90 ha) and Šobes (2.37 ha). Cores were processed using TimeTable and PAST4. Below- and above-ground biomass of the largest stools was computed using the data from terrestrial laser scanner. Tree zones of influence were analyzed with V-Late landscape analysis tools using Shape Index. The pair correlation function and L function were used to describe the spatial patterns of trees with DBH ≥ 7 cm, and the null model of Complete Spatial Randomness and Matérn cluster process were tested. For a modeled old stool, we estimated a ratio of 2:1 for above/below ground volume with no reduction of below ground biomass regarding the hollow roots. The age of the largest stool was estimated 825 ± 145 (SE) years. An “Inner Zone of Influence” was defined, with a total area covering 323 m2 ha-1. The median area of this zone in both plots was 0.40 m2 for all trees, 0.23 m2 for singles and 0.87 m2 for stools. The Matérn cluster process was successfully fitted to our empirical data. In this model, the mean cluster radius ranged between 1.9 to 2.1 m and mean number of points per cluster was 1.7 and 1.9. The most prevalent characteristics of these ancient oak coppices were their compact shape and clustered spatial distribution up to 10 m.


Oak, Stools, Spatial Patterns, Root System, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Ancient Coppices

Authors’ address

Tomás Vrška
David Janík
Marcela Pálková
Dusan Adam
Jan Trochta
Silva Tarouca Research Institute, Department of Forest Ecology, Lidická 25/27, 602 00 Brno (Czech Republic)
Tomás Vrška
Marcela Pálková
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Department of Silviculture, ZemÄ›dÄ›lská 3, 613 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

Corresponding author

David Janík


Vrška T, Janík D, Pálková M, Adam D, Trochta J (2016). Below- and above-ground biomass, structure and patterns in ancient lowland coppices. iForest 10: 23-31. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1839-009

Academic Editor

Francesco Ripullone

Paper history

Received: Aug 31, 2015
Accepted: Aug 12, 2016

First online: Nov 06, 2016
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2017
Publication Time: 2.87 months

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