Kumamoto-shi, Japan
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Ohnuki Y.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Ohnuki Y.,Kyushu Research Center | Nik A.R.,Malaysian Forest Research Institute | Noguchi S.,Japan International Research Center for Agricultural science | And 3 more authors.
Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly | Year: 2010

To prevent soil runoff from logging roads and skid trails, buffer zones are commonly established along both sides of streams. These buffers range in width from 10 to 100 m from the center of the stream, depending on stream width, (from 1 to > 40 m) as dictated by the Reduced-Impact Logging Guidelines for Lowland and Hill Dipterocarp Forests in Indonesia. In the Bukit Tarek Experimental Watershed in Malaysia, sediment accumulations were observed along narrow streams after logging despite the presence of 20-m-wide buffer zones, double the width set out in the guidelines. Thus, we examined erosion-accumulation depths on different slopes in 20-m-wide buffer zones to clarify the spatial effects on sediment discharge, particularly as it relates to the microtopography and the vegetation cover, including fallen trees. Some of the accumulation depths at lower elevations and along streams were small, whereas on steep concave slopes and hollows that extend to streams, large accumulations were observed 1 year after logging. These findings indicated that, although a 20-m-wide buffer zone may be partly effective at preventing sediment discharge, it is not adequate on concave slopes (lower side-hollows and channel walls) where surface flows often converge. We compared several physical properties of the surface soil in accumulated areas relative to undisturbed areas and demonstrated that bulk density was larger and total porosity and coarse porosity were smaller in the accumulated soils, especially on lower side-hollows. These results indicate that soils accumulated on concave slopes would accelerate the occurrence of surface flow. Tree distribution was not dense in the buffer zones, but fallen trees and the relatively dense understory vegetation including rattans and palms partly prevented the discharge of sediment into streams. Our findings suggested that 20-mwide buffer zones with dense fallen trees and understory vegetation are partly sufficient to prevent sediment discharge; however, along steep concave slopes and hollows where rain water converges, wider and thicker buffer zones are needed.


Sakai A.,Japan International Research Center for Agricultural science | Sakai A.,Shikoku Research Center | Visaratana T.,Forest Research and Management Bureau | Vacharangkura T.,Forest Research and Management Bureau | And 2 more authors.
Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly | Year: 2011

With the aim of establishing silvicultural techniques for tree species indigenous to monsoon tropical areas, we examined the survivorship and growth performance of three tree species under different light conditions. A 23-year-old Acacia mangium plantation was thinned in different ways: group selection thinning (gap creation, 50 m by 60 m in size), 2/3 random selection thinning based on basal area, 1/3 random selection thinning, and no thinning (control). The seedlings of Hopea odorata, H. ferrea, and Xylia xylocarpa var. kerrii were planted in each treatment area with three replications. At 30 months after planting, all species achieved a high survival rate (>90%) in all treatments, perhaps owing to intensive tending in the experimental plots. Both stem thickening and height growth were promoted as light conditions improved: most in the gap plot and least in the control plot for all species. H. ferrea grew to a large height even in dark conditions, suggesting that this species is considerably shade-tolerant. In contrast, X. xylocarpa var. kerrii was light-demanding owing to vigorous growth in the gap plot. The growth of the seedlings seemed to be associated with regeneration patterns in their natural habitats. The group selection thinning seemed to be most suitable for the growth of indigenous tree species. © 2011 JIRCAS.


Samreth V.,Forestry Administration | Chheng K.,Forestry Administration | Monda Y.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Kiyono Y.,FFPRI | And 4 more authors.
Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly | Year: 2012

As a feasibility study for applying a simplified method to estimate CO2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in tropical forests, we estimated the nationwide forest tree biomass carbon stock using data from 100 permanent sampling plots (PSPs) set by the Forestry Administration, Cambodia in seasonal forests in Cambodia. Averaged tree carbon stocks and SE-Standard error were at 158.8 ± 7.3 Mg C ha-1 for evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and 55.2 ± 6.9 Mg C ha-1 for deciduous forests in 1998 (the first census) and for the second census in 2000-2001, 163.8 ± 7.8 Mg C ha-1 and 56.2 ± 6.7 Mg C ha-1, respectively. The averaged tree biomass carbon stock differed significantly between the two forest types. Using the forest cover for 2006 and the averaged carbon stock for 20002001, the national-level forest tree carbon stock in the early to mid-2000s was estimated at 824.2 ± 39.2 Tg C for evergreen forests and 263.9 ± 31.3 Tg C for deciduous forests, and 1,088.1 ± 50.2 Tg C in total. By repeating this calculation for all forest areas by remote sensing and averaged tree carbon stock via ground-based measurement with PSPs, we could monitor the total tree carbon stock in nationwide forests in Cambodia. We also presented the possible reasons for uncertainty related to the present tree biomass carbon stock of forests and recommendations in order to improve the accuracy of the carbon stock using PSP systems in Cambodia.


Morishita T.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Aizawa S.,Soil Plant Ecosystem Group | Yoshinaga S.,Kyushu Research Center | Kaneko S.,FFPRI
Journal of Forest Research | Year: 2011

Temperate forest soils are one source of nitrous oxide (N2O), which is an important greenhouse gas and the most important ozone-depleting substance. To clarify N2O flux mechanisms in relation to soil temperature, moisture, and nitrification activity, we measured N2O fluxes and net nitrification rates over 3 years at the lower (Japanese cedar) and upper (deciduous broad-leaved trees) parts of a hill slope in a small forest catchment in the northern Kanto region of Japan. The N2O flux was measured by the closed-chamber technique every month, along with soil temperature and water-filled pore space (WFPS). At the lower slope, the N2O flux increased with increasing soil temperature (r2 = 0.383, P < 0.01) owing to an increase in the nitrification rate. At the upper slope, no positive linear correlation of N2O flux with soil temperature, WFPS, or nitrification rate was observed. The low N2O flux at the upper slope during summer was caused by the low summertime WFPS there. We attributed the higher mean N2O fluxes observed at the lower slope (median 2.36 μg N m-2 h-1) than at the upper slope (median 1.10 μg N m-2 h-1) to a high soil moisture during summer season in the surface soil of the lower slope. © 2011 The Japanese Forest Society and Springer.


Nagakura J.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Akama A.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Shigenaga H.,Kyushu Research Center | Mizoguchi T.,Kansai Research Center | And 3 more authors.
Plant Root | Year: 2015

Anthropogenically increased nitrogen (N) deposition may affect the nutrient dynamics of forested ecosystems. To investigate the potential effects of excessive N deposition on Japanese forests, we treated the soil in a 20-year-old Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) stand with 10 l m−2 of 10 mM HNO3 solution, 10 mM NH4NO3 solution, or tap water (as a control), monthly for 7 years. A total of 168 and 336 kg N ha−1 year−1 was added in the HNO3 and NH4NO3 plots, respectively. Tree growth, the amount of nutrients and the carbon concentration of both current shoots and fine roots (<2 mm in diameter) in the surface soil (0–5 cm) were measured. The foliar N concentration increased in both N-fertilized plots during the first 3 years, particularly in the NH4NO3 plots. Similarly, the fine-root N concentration was greater in the N-fertilized plots than in the control plots. However, growth in both height and diameter at breast height of Japanese cedar trees were not significantly affected by N fertilization. The foliar K and P concentrations tended to decrease in treatment plots over time when compared with the control plots. Our study suggests that 7 years of excessive N fertilization had no positive or negative effect on the growth of young Japanese cedar trees, although the nutrient status of current shoots and fine roots was altered. © 2015, Plant Root (JSRR).


Toriyama J.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Takahashi T.,Kyushu Research Center | Nishimura S.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Sato T.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | And 8 more authors.
Forest Ecology and Management | Year: 2014

Tropical swamp forests growing on peatlands are exposed to various risks of deforestation. To assess the greenhouse gases (GHG) emission from the deforested tropical peatlands, the amount of carbon released during a forest fire needs to be accounted for. The establishment of a fuel mass data set based on a field-based approach is essential to reduce the uncertainty in estimating GHG emissions during forest fires. We estimated the fuel mass (both living and deadwood) in tropical peat swamp forests and its loss during the fire event in 2009 in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. We also examined the relationship between the forest structure and the burning process by comparing the distribution of stem diameter in burnt and unburnt areas using a fallen wood simulation. We selected two types of peat swamp forests, mature forest and regenerated forest following a fire in 1997/98, and their neighboring burnt areas. The mean fuel mass values in mature and regenerated forest were 319.7 and 131.5Mgha-1, respectively. In burnt areas of mature and regenerated forest, the mean fuel mass values were 235.8 and 89.0Mgha-1, respectively, which corresponded to 73.8% and 67.7% of the values of unburnt areas, respectively. The fuel mass in burnt area comprised mainly solid deadwood. Due to the large amount of deadwood left on the ground, the estimated GHG emissions after the forest fire were larger than those during the forest fire in both forest types. The regenerated forest, which was dominated by small trees and contained a small stock of deadwood, was considered to produce a large amount of solid deadwood during the forest fire. In contrast, the mature forest, which contained many large standing trees and large amounts of deadwood, experienced a high-intensity fire over a long duration time, resulting in surface or deeply burnt deadwood. The development of a simple method to tally the surviving large trees in the burnt area (i.e., designing a study plot with a nested structure for different-sized trees) might reduce uncertainties in the estimation of fuel mass and GHG emissions in future forest fires. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.


Kanzaki N.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Akiba M.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Kanetani S.,Kyushu Research Center | Tetsuka K.,Yakushima Yakutane goyo Research Group | Ikegame H.,Tanegashima Yokutane goyo Conservation Group
Nematology | Year: 2014

An undescribed Bursaphelenchus species was isolated and cultured from materials collected during a field survey of a declining endemic pine species. Two nematode isolates were obtained from dead Pinus armandii var. amamiana on two islands (Yakushima and Tanegashima) in Kagoshima, Japan. The new nematode is described and illustrated herein as B. osumiana n. sp. Typologically, B. osumiana n. sp. is similar to B. parvispicularis and B. paraparvispicularis, i.e., males of these species have a short, stout spicule. The new species is distinguished from the other two by the shape of the male bursal flap (very small and triangular) and female tail morphology (weakly ventrally arcuate with narrow rounded or weakly pointed terminus), which are unique to this species. Near full-length molecular sequences of the small subunit (18S), internal transcribed spacer region, and D2D3 expansion segments of the large subunit of ribosomal RNA and a partial sequence of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (mtCOI) were obtained to molecularly profile the new species. The sequence profiles were identical for the two isolates of B. osumiana n. sp., and were close to those of B. parvispicularis and B. paraparvispicularis. The new species was clearly distinguished molecularly from both of its close relatives and its molecular phylogenetic status and typological characters were in accordance. Other biological characters, e.g., carrier insect species and pathogenicity with regard to pine tree species, have not been clarified and should be examined in future studies. © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.


Morphological features of a Japanese fly that developes in orchids, Orchidophaga gastrodiacola Kato, 2006, assigned to the family Scathophagidae, are reviewed and this species is proposed as a junior synonym of Chyliza vittata Meigen, 1826, of the family Psilidae. Morphological features of specimens from Japan correspond well with those from European. Japanese specimens of this transpalaearctic species utilize buds and stems of the achlorophyllous mycoheterotrophic Gastrodia elata Blume. This association is an exceptional habitat in comparisons to other congeners and European specimens of the same species. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Kenzo T.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Yoneda R.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | Yoneda R.,Japan International Research Center for Agricultural science | Sano M.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute | And 4 more authors.
Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly | Year: 2012

In this study, we demonstrate changes in leaf morphological and physiological traits with tree height from dark understory to bright canopy conditions in various tree species in the Cambodian tropical dry evergreen forest. The vegetation mainly consisted of Dipterocarpaceae and Myristicaceae and the canopy trees usually reached 30-40 m in height. We investigated 25 individuals of 18 tree species ranging from 0.8 to 33 m in height. We measured the leaf photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance and respiration rate for 3 to 5 leaves per sampling position in the early dry season. All leaves were then divided into two parts: one for measuring dry weight, nitrogen content and δ13C; the other for observation of leaf morphology. The leaf morphological traits, such as leaf mass per area (LMA), cuticle thickness, palisade layer thickness, leaf hardness and stomatal density increased linearly with tree height. The leaf nitrogen content per unit leaf area (Narea) peaked at 10 m from the ground, though the nitrogen content per unit dry leaf mass (Nmass) decreased linearly with tree height. Higher LMA, cuticle thickness and hard leaves in canopy condition may contribute to high drought tolerance and physical strength. The leaf-area-based photosynthetic rate (Amax-area) peaked at an intermediate tree height of approximately 10 m, and then decreased toward the upper canopy. In contrast, the leafmass-based photosynthetic rate (Amax-mass) decreased linearly with tree height. Reduction of leaf nitrogen content and stomatal conductance mainly limit photosynthetic capacities with tree height. Overall, many leaf morphological traits could be summarized in a simple and significant relation with tree height, though increasing tree height, which is related to the micro-climatic gradient, leads to both nitrogen and stomatal constraints of leaf photosynthetic capacities, even when considering many different tree species.


Narimatsu M.,Iwate Prefectural Forestry Technology Center | Yagi T.,Kyushu Research Center | Noguchi M.,Japan Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Nihon Ringakkai Shi/Journal of the Japanese Forestry Society | Year: 2016

To evaluate the optimum planting date for containerized seedlings of Larix kaempferi, we compared the survival rate and shoot and root growth of seedlings planted monthly from May through November. The planting date affected the growth in both the planting year and the following year. The survival rate one month after planting was at least 97%. However, root elongation remarkably decreased when seedlings were planted in October or later, because of the low ground temperature. In the planting year, shoot elongation was observed only in seedlings planted in June or earlier, and their shoot elongation rate peaked one month after the peak of the root elongation rate. Seedlings with the earlier planting dates yielded the greater root weight at the end of the planting year, which resulted in the greater shoot elongation in the following year. The difference in tree height, which existed at the end of the planting year, was still apparent at the end of the following year. Our results thus indicate that Larix kaempferi containerized seedlings should be planted until August, though seedling survival one month after planting was independent of the planting date.

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