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Individual study: Can compost improve Quercus pubescens Willd establishment in a Mediterranean post-fire shrubland?

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Larchevêque M., Montès N., Baldy V. & Ballini C. (2008) Can compost improve Quercus pubescens Willd establishment in a Mediterranean post-fire shrubland? Bioresource technology, 99, 3754-3764


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A controlled study in 2001-2003 in Mediterranean type shrubland in France (Larchevêque et al. 2008) found no effect of sewage sludge compost application on survival or size of planted downly oak Quercus pubescens seedlings. Seedling annual survival rate (93-100%), height (30.6-33.0 cm) and basal diameter (5.9-6.1 mm) were similar between treatments.  About 50 seedlings were planted in May 2001 in each of three 0.13 ha treatment plots: control without compost, 20 and 40 kg compost/seedling. Data were collected in 2002 and 2003.