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Linking intra-tree-ring wood density variations and tracheid anatomical characteristics in Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco)

Abstract : In this study, a geometric approach was used in order to model the relationships between intra-tree-ring wood density variations and tracheid anatomical characteristics. One Douglas fir was studied in detail. Anatomical slides of 256 tree-rings were compared with the corresponding density profiles. Radial and tangential tracheid diameters decline from earlywood to latewood by 50% and 15%, respectively. At the same time, radial and tangential cell-wall thicknesses increase by 110% and 132%, respectively. Wood density exhibits an S-shape profile with a slight decrease of 10% at the beginning of a ring and an increase of 212% thereafter. Model simulations showed that wood density increase is mainly due to cell-wall thickening in tangential and radial directions as well as cell size reduction in radial direction. Simulations also showed that the knowledge of tracheid anatomical characteristics is not sufficient to fully explain wood density decrease at the beginning of earlywood
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Cyrille Rathgeber, Valérie Decoux, Jean-Michel Leban. Linking intra-tree-ring wood density variations and tracheid anatomical characteristics in Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco). Annals of Forest Science, Springer Nature (since 2011)/EDP Science (until 2010), 2006, 63 (7), pp.699-706. ⟨10.1051/forest:2006050⟩. ⟨hal-02669021⟩

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