Accession Number:

AD0686513

Title:

DESICCATION OF WOODY STEMS INFLUENCED BY CONNECTED LIVE TISSUES

Descriptive Note:

Forest Service research note

Corporate Author:

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST FOREST AND RANGE EXPERIMENT STATION BERKELEY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1968-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Desiccation of small woody stems to their equilibrium water content is the critical requirement when using herbicides to dry wildland fuels before a prescribed burn. In an exploratory study, the desiccation rate dropped markedly if dead stems were connected to a live root system. A possible explanation is that water absorbed by live roots is transported through xylem tissue and keeps moisture in dead stems above atmospheric equilibrium for some time.

Subject Categories:

  • Forestry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE