Prospects of using tree-ring earlywood and latewood width for reconstruction of crops yield on example of south Siberia


Тип публикации: статья из журнала

Год издания: 2021

Идентификатор DOI: 10.3390/f12020174

Ключевые слова: crops failures, earlywood width, latewood width, reconstruction model, semiarid conditions, siberian larch, small grain crops, tree-ring chronologies

Аннотация: Improvement of dendrochronological crops yield reconstruction by separate application of earlywood and latewood width chronologies succeeded in rain-fed semiarid region. (1) Background: Tree-ring width chronologies have been successfully applied for crops yield reconstruction models. We propose application of separated earlywood anПоказать полностьюd latewood width chronologies as possible pre-dictors improving the fitness of reconstruction models. (2) Methods: The generalized yield series of main crops (spring wheat, spring barley, oats) were investigated in rain-fed and irrigated areas in semiarid steppes of South Siberia. Chronologies of earlywood, latewood, and total ring width of Siberian larch (Larix sibirica Ledeb.) growing in forest-steppe in the middle of the study area were tested as predictors of yield reconstruction models. (3) Results: In the rain-fed territory, separation of earlywood and latewood allowed increasing variation of yield explained by reconstruction model from 17.4 to 20.5%, whereas total climatic-driven component of variation was 41.5%. However, both tree-ring based models explained only 7.7% of yield variation in the irrigated territory (climate inclusion increased it to 34.8%). Low temperature sensitivity of larch growth was the main limitation of the model. A 240-year (1780–2019) history of crop failures and yield variation dynamics were estimated from the actual data and the best reconstruction model. (4) Conclusions: Presently in the study region, breeding of the environment-resistant crops varieties compensates the increase of temperature in the yield dynamics, preventing severe harvest losses. Tree-ring based reconstructions may help to understand and forecast response of the crops to the climatic variability, and also the probability of crop failures, particularly in the rain-fed territories. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Журнал: Forests

Выпуск журнала: Vol. 12, Is. 2

Номера страниц: 1-19

ISSN журнала: 19994907

Издатель: MDPI AG


  • Babushkina Elena A. (Siberian Fed Univ, Khakass Tech Inst, Abakan 655017, Russia)
  • Zhirnova Dina F. (Siberian Fed Univ, Khakass Tech Inst, Abakan 655017, Russia)
  • Belokopytova Liliana (Siberian Fed Univ, Khakass Tech Inst, Abakan 655017, Russia)
  • Mehrotra Nivedita (Birbal Sahni Inst Palaeosci, Lucknow 226007, Uttar Pradesh, India)
  • Shah Santosh K. (Birbal Sahni Inst Palaeosci, Lucknow 226007, Uttar Pradesh, India)
  • Keler Viktoria V. (Krasnoyarsk State Agr Univ, Dept Crop Prod Breeding & Seed Dev, Krasnoyarsk 660049, Russia)
  • Vaganov Eugene A. (Siberian Fed Univ, Rectorate, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia; Russian Acad Sci, Sukachev Inst Forest, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia)

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