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Reproduction of Acacia koa after Fire

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Title:Reproduction of Acacia koa after Fire
Authors:Scowcroft, Paul G.
Wood, Hulton B.
Date Issued:Apr 1976
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Scowcroft PG, Wood HB. 1976. Reproduction of Acacia koa after fire. Pac Sci 30(2): 177-186.
Abstract:The abundance, distribution, growth, and mortality of koa (Acacia
koa Gray) seedlings after fires were monitored periodically on two burned areas on
Oahu for 2.5 years. On one area, seedling density peaked at 95,300/ha 6 months
after the fire; 21 months later it had declined to 18,500/ha. On the other area, peak
seedling density occurred at 2 months, with 20,400/ha; 26 months later, density
had dropped to 7900/ha. Seedlings were not distributed uniformly over the burned
areas but were concentrated near koa seed trees. Height growth for seedlings on one
area averaged 2.6 cm/mo; on the other, 1.9 cm/mo. Several pathogens were identified,
but only the root-crown fungus, Calonectria crotalariae, caused serious damage.
More than 50 percent of the mortality on one burn was attributed to it. The regeneration
in the burned areas studied indicates that koa will continue to be a component
of the forest vegetation.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 30, Number 2, 1976

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