Growth and Productivity of Western Redcedar in the Kitimat Valley
Project Reference Number: 2014-18
Project Status: Complete
Led by: Adriana Alemeida Rodriguez, PhD
Sybille Haeussler, PhD
Funder: Ministry of Forest Lands & Natural Resource Operations
This project is an Investigation of the effects of industrial pollutants on the growth and productivity of western redcedar in the Kitimat Valley.
The researcher will:
- determine if the fastigiated growth form observed in the redcedar growing in the Kitimat valley is correlated with the concentration of fluoride, sulphur dioxide, aluminum, and mono-nitrogen oxides accumulated in the soil and in the leaves..
- establish if there is a relationship between the growth rates in redcedar and the proximity to Kitimat industrial facilities.
- identify if the proximity of the redcedars to the Kitimat industrial facilities affects the trees’ seed production and seed germination rates.
- compare the leaf cell development between fastigiated and non-fastigiated redcedar trees.
- investigate the physiological responses (gas exchange and water potential) of redcedar to air pollutants.
- investigate if there is a relationship between the soil composition and soil structure with the accumulation of pollutants into the soil.
- produce a final report detailing the results.
|Publication Date||Report Title||Authors|
|March 17, 2015||Understanding Columnar Growth of Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) in the Kitimat Valley||Adriana Almeida-Rodriguez, PhD|