Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2020, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (4): 331-341.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2020.04.001

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Are There Differences in the Response of Natural Stand and Plantation Biomass to Changes in Temperature and Precipitation? A Case for Two-needled Pines in Eurasia

USOLTSEV Vladimir Andreevich1,2, SHOBAIRI Seyed Omid Reza1,*(), TSEPORDEY Ivan Stepanovich2, AHRARI Amirhossein3, ZHANG Meng4, SHOAIB Ahmad Anees5, CHASOVSKIKH Viktor Petrovich1   

  1. 1. Ural State Forest Engineering University, Yekaterinburg 620100, Russia
    2. Botanical Garden, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, Yekaterinburg 620144, Russia
    3. Department of Remote Sensing and GIS, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, Tehran 14155-6619, Iran
    4. Research Center of Forestry Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 410004, China
    5. Beijing Key Laboratory of Precision Forestry, Forestry College, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2020-02-18 Accepted:2020-05-15 Online:2020-07-30 Published:2020-09-30
  • Contact: SHOBAIRI Seyed Omid Reza
  • About author:USOLTSEV Vladimir Andreevich, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    The Current Scientific Research of the Ural Forest Engineering University and Botanical Garden of the Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences(15-04-03-899)


A comparative discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of natural stands and plantations, including in terms of their productivity and stability, began from the moment of the first forest plantings and continues to this day. In the context of the progressive replacement of natural forests by plantations due to deforestation, the question of how will change the carbon storage capacity of forest cover when replacing natural forests with artificial ones in a changing climate becomes extremely relevant. This article presents the first attempt to answer this question at the transcontinental level on a special case for two-needled pine trees (subgenus Pinus L.). The research was carried out using the database compiled by the authors on the single-tree biomass structure of forest-forming species of Eurasia, in particular, data of 1880 and 1967 of natural and plantation trees, respectively. Multi-factor regression models are calculated after combining the matrix of initial data on the structure of tree biomass with the mean January temperature and mean annual precipitation, and their adequacy indices allow us to consider them reproducible. It is found that the aboveground and stem biomass of equal-sized and equal-aged natural and plantation trees increases as the January temperature and precipitation rise. This pattern is only partially valid for the branches biomass, and it has a specific character for the foliage one. The biomass of all components of plantation trees is higher than that of natural trees, but the percent of this excess varies among different components and depends on the level of January temperatures, but does not depend at all on the level of annual precipitation. A number of uncertainties that arose during the modeling process, as well as the preliminary nature of the obtained regularities, are noted.

Key words: two-needled pine trees, natural stands and plantations, regression models, biomass equations, mean January temperature, annual precipitation