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Title: Effectiveness of Diesel as a Mammal Repellent for Direct Seeding of Acorns
Authors: Leverkus, Alexandro B.
Carrión, Manuel
Molina-Morales, Mercedes
Castro Gutiérrez, Jorge
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2017
Abstract: The assisted regeneration of oaks can be achieved through seeding or planting. Whereas direct seeding of acorns has several advantages over planting nursery-grown seedlings, the problem of seed predation by mammals precludes its widespread application. We investigated the potential of diesel as a mammal repellent to prevent the consumption of Holm oak acorns. We tested the effect of submerging acorns in diesel for 0, 6, 12, and 24 h on acorn predation in a field experiment in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park (Granada province, Spain), and the potential effect of the same treatments on seedling emergence and growth in a nursery experiment. The field experiment showed no reduction in acorn predation through diesel. On the other hand, submersion in diesel hindered the germination of one in every four sown acorns regardless of submersion time. Our results are in line with many failed attempts to protect acorns with chemical repellents and suggest that an effective, universally-abundant, inexpensive, and easy-to-apply acorn protector to enhance the success of seeding operations is yet to be found.
Sponsorship: AL acknowledges postdoctoral fellowship from Spanish MINECO (FJCI-2015-23687). This work was supported by project IFAPA PR.AVA.AVA01.19.
Publisher: MDPI
Keywords: Quercus
Sowing
Assisted regeneration
Ecosystem restoration
Seed removal
Seed coating
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/47509
ISSN: 1999-4907
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Leverkus, A.B.; et al. Effectiveness of Diesel as a Mammal Repellent for Direct Seeding of Acorns. Forests, 8(8): 276 (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/47509]
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