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Species-specific tree water use characteristics in reforestation stands in the Philippines

Literature: Journal Articles

Dierick, D. & Hölscher, D. 2009, "Species-specific tree water use characteristics in reforestation stands in the Philippines", Agricultural & Forest Meteorology, vol. 149, no. 8, pp. 1317-1326.


  • Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Burckhardt Institute, University of Göttingen, Busgenweg 1, D-37077 Gottingen, Germany


Agricultural & Forest Meteorology

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Species Info

  • Shorea contorta
  • Parashorea malaanonan
  • Hopea malibato
  • Hopea plagata
  • Vitex parviflora
  • Myrica javanica
  • Sandoricum knetjape
  • Durio zibethinus
  • Gmelina arborea (exotic)
  • Swietenia macrophylla (exotic)


  • The need for reforestation is becoming increasingly evident in countries like the Philippines where deforestation has lead to a scarcity of wood and other forest commodities.
  • One concern with reforestation is the reduction in streamflow and groundwater recharge as trees move water from the ground into the atmosphere.
  • This research investigates the sap flux responses and tree water use in two 12-year-old multi-species stands.
  • Maximum tree water use rates were strongly correlated with tree diameter.
  • Even though diameter played a strong role, significant variation was found across species (of similar dimensions) with respect to tree water use.
  • Myrica javanica, Sweitenia macrophylla, Durio zibenthinus, and Hopea plagata had the highest water use rates; Gmelina arboria, Vitex Parviflora, Hopea malibato, and Shorea contorta had the lowest water use.
  • The authors suggest that the water use of plants can inform species selection for plantations to control the availability of water in from reforested stands.

Geographical Region

  • Insular Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Philippines
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