The impact of the European mistletoe (Viscum album L.) on woody host-plants: a study of the relationship between infection intensity and tree vitality
Tivadar Baltazár, Ildikó Varga & Miloš Pejchal
Correspondence: Baltazár Tivadar
Postal address: Valtická 337, 691 44 Lednice, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Our research aims were to examine the relationship between infection intensity of European mistletoe (Viscum album) and the physiological and biomechanical vitality of the potential host species. For this study 3039 individuals of nine host species (Acer campestre, A. platanoides, A. pseudoplatanus, Crataegus monogyna, C. pedicellata, Juglans nigra, Robinia pseudoacacia, Tilia cordata and T. platyphyllos) were examined; of these 1424 specimens were infected. The host trees are situated in the Castle Park in Lednice, Czech Republic. Based on our results, it can be concluded that there is a strong relationship between these three factors. The weakest relationship was observed in the case of field maple (12-17 %) and the strongest relationship was in the case of the black walnut (32-39 %). In spite of our findings, the exact role of tree vitality influencing mistletoe infection remains unclear.
Keywords: European mistletoe, Viscum album, host tree, physiological and biomechanical aspect of vitality of host tree, hemiparasitic plant
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Baltazár, T., Varga, I. & Pejchal, M. (2015): The impact of the European mistletoe (Viscum album L.) on woody host-plants: a study of the relationship between infection intensity and tree vitality. Bulletin of Forestry Science, 5(1): 101-118. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2015.007
Volume 5, Issue 1
10 October 2015
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