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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15177/seefor.18-06

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Seed Yield and Morphological Variations of Beechnuts in Four European Beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) Populations in Croatia

Anđelina Gavranović1*, Saša Bogdan2, Miran Lanšćak1, Ivica Čehulić3, Mladen Ivanković1

(1) Croatian Forest Research Institute, Division for Genetics, Forest Tree Breeding and Seed Husbandry, Cvjetno naselje 41, HR-10450 Jastrebarsko, Croatia;
(2) University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Genetics, Dendrology and Botany, Svetošimunska 25, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia;
(3) Croatian Forest Research Institute, Department of Nursery Production, Cvjetno naselje 41, HR-10450 Jastrebarsko, Croatia

* Correspondence: e-mail: andelina@sumins.hr

Citation: GAVRANOVIĆ A, BOGDAN S, LANŠĆAK M, ČEHULIĆ I, IVANKOVIĆ M 2018 Seed Yield and Morphological Variations of Beechnuts in Four European Beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) Populations in Croatia. South-east Eur for 9 (1): early view. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15177/seefor.18-06

Received: 09 Apr 2018; Revised: 27 May 2018; Accepted: 29 May 2018; Published online: 12 Jun 2018

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Background and Purpose: Since the last decade, the amount and periodicity of European beech seed crops in Croatia have been disrupted, and thus the regeneration of its forests has become increasingly questionable. The aim of this study was to determine: (1) seed yield variations within and among four European beech populations and its relation with tree crowns projection, (2) variation in seed morphometric traits of the studied populations, and (3) various methods of seed yield estimates.
Materials and Methods: Research was carried out in four populations of registered European beech seed stands. Experimental plots 80×60 m in size were established in 2016. Horizontal crown projections were calculated for 25 dominant beech trees at each plot. Seed yield per tree was estimated based on seed traps, and by visual scoring of seeding intensity. On a sample of twenty trees (five trees per population) total seed crops were collected by large nets covering their whole crown projections. Different methods of seed yield estimates were compared. The amount of seed yield per population (number of beechnuts per ha) was estimated as well. The length, width and mass of beechnuts were measured. Data were analysed to establish differences within and between populations. Relationships between seed yield and horizontal crown projection, as well as among seed morphometric traits were analysed.
Results and Conclusions: The seed trap method overestimated yields when compared with the real yields caught in the large nets. When crown projections were decreased by 25% the seed trap estimation method was improved. A positive correlation between visual scores of seeding intensity and seed yield estimates proved highly unreliable and therefore inaccurate. The results showed high variability of seed yields within and between the populations. The average yields per population varied from 2.4 to 5.9 million seeds·ha−1. A positive and significant correlation between seed yields and crown horizontal projections was shown (R2=0.6285), indicating that stand density is an important factor for seed production. A positive and statistically significant correlation between beechnut mass and width was obtained (R2=0.5875).

Keywords: Fagus sylvatica L., seed yield, crop estimates, crown projection, seed morphometric traits


European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) is widely distributed across Europe and is one of the dominant forest tree species in Central Europe [1]. In total, beech covers an area of roughly 14 million hectares [2] and, thus, is ecologically and economically one of the most important species in European forestry [3]. In Croatia, beech is the most common tree species as well. It extends over 47% of the total forested area [4], with a proportion of 45% in the total growing stock [5].

Climate change undoubtedly represents one of the greatest dangers on the global level in the 21st century. Most of the current climate projections for Europe predict the increase of mean air temperatures, and increase in frequency, duration and intensity of summer droughts [6-8]. Over the last 140 years mean annual air temperature has increased by approximately 0.8°C [7, 9, 10]. Future projections indicate even more radical changes. Projected emission scenarios as summarised in the IPCC report [7] suggest that the average global air temperature will rise by additional 1.4-5.8°C by the end of the 21st century. The increase of air temperature coupled with a decrease in precipitation during growing seasons will most probably have severe and adverse effects on natural ecosystems, especially in southern and south-eastern parts of Europe [11].

Global change affects the functioning of forest ecosystems that are faced with direct and indirect impacts of a changing climate. Moreover, it is important to know the composition and structure of genetic diversity, especially regarding the so-called "adaptive properties of forest trees" [12]. Due to possible scenarios of global climate change, there is great interest and concern about beech ecosystems. According to Milad et al. [13], beech is a species that tolerates moderately dry periods, but if dry periods are prolonged for a number of years, this may have a negative effect on the species. Also, it is certain that drought will have a negative impact on forest productivity and that it will certainly affect the increased mortality of plants [14-16]. Von Wüehlisch [17] stated that natural beech areal reduction will occur and that the most endangered habitats will be those at lower altitudes in the southern and south-eastern parts of the species’ distribution area. At the same time, northern and north-eastern parts of the area will become more suitable for beech ecosystems [17, 18].

Historically, beech forests in Croatia have been naturally regenerated. Seed production and its use have been mostly contained in local natural stands [19]. However, Žgela [20] alarmed that there is an increasing need for artificially produced beech seedlings, which requires the collection of sufficient quantities of high-quality seeds. Nowadays, the absence of regular mast crops is one of the big problems of Croatian forestry and the necessity for assisted regeneration of beech stands is seriously raising. The interaction between climate and seed production has been confirmed by several studies [21-24]. Seed production of beech is irregular with a wide variation among years [21-23]. The mast years are strongly affected by annual climatic variability [25] and occur irregularly at intervals of between three and fifteen years [26-29].

Knowledge on dynamics of seed production of European beech in Croatia (as well as in the wider region) is very scarce. It remains largely unknown what the trends are in masting and how climate change, along with other factors, influences crop dynamics. Therefore, a need for research in this field has been recognized. This study represents the very first step in research of seed yield of selected European beech populations in Croatia.

The main objectives of the study were to determine: (1) the correlation between seed yield variations within and between four populations and tree crown projections, (2) variations in seed morphometric traits of the studied populations, and (3) the accuracy of various seed yield estimates.



The study was carried out in the established experimental plots in four populations of registered European beech seed stands in Forest Administrations Ogulin, Karlovac, Bjelovar and Požega in 2016 (Table 1). The size of each plot was 60x80 m. All beech trees within the plots were numbered and a raster netting marks were placed on every 20 m. The closest dominant beech tree was selected next to each mark (in total, 20 trees were selected in each plot by this method). Additionally, five more trees were selected for observing the accuracy of seed yield estimation.


TABLE 1. Data of experimental plots and measuring parameters of stands.


Tree Measurements

Diameter at breast height (dbh), tree height (h) and crown radiuses were measured on all selected trees. Crown radiuses were measured in four directions (North, South, East and West) or in more directions in the case of markedly asymmetric crown [49]. Horizontal Crown Projections (HCPs) were calculated on the basis of mean crown radiuses assuming crown circular shape (HCP = mean crown radius2 × π).

Seed Yield Estimates

Two circular seed traps were placed below opposite (North-South) middle points of the crowns. The surface of a seed trap was 0.5 m2. Furthermore, large PVC nets were set up at 1 m above ground below five additional trees per plot. These large nets were set up covering total projection area of the tree crowns to collect their whole seed crop. Below two of the five additional trees, seed traps were set up as well, in the same manner as previously explained. The aim was to investigate differences between real seed yield (caught in large nets) and the estimated yield.

Seed yield per tree was estimated by multiplying total mass of the seeds caught in traps with respective HCP. It was noticed that this method overestimated the crops (the estimates were larger than the real amount of seeds caught in large nets) for all trees which were used in this comparison (Table 2). Therefore we tried to improve seed yield estimates by gradually decreasing HCPs used in the calculations (assuming that only a part of crown projection area is productive). The best estimates (values closest to the real seed yields) were obtained with 25% decrease of the HCP (Table 2). Thus, we corrected seed yield estimates of all studied trees so that the total mass of the trapped seeds was multiplied with 75% of a tree’s HCP.


TABLE 2. Differences between real seed yields (caught in large nets) and estimated seed yields.


Also, seeding intensity of the selected trees was visually scored in September 2016. The trees were visually rated using binoculars and then categorized into six classes [30] due to seeding intensity: 0 - none, 1 - very bad, 2 - poor, 3 - average, 4 - good, 5 -very good.

Seed Measurements

Seeds were collected four times in the interval from September to November. Each time seed collections (per tree) were weighed and seeds were counted. The amount of seeds per population (i.e. the number of beechnuts per ha) was calculated based on the actual number of trees per hectare, the estimated mean yield (kg) per tree and the population mean number of seeds per kilogram.

Random samples of 20 nuts per collection and tree were taken for morphometric analysis. Nut length and width were measured by digital calliper with a precision of 0.01 mm (Figure 1), while the mass of the whole sample was measured by digital scale with a precision of 0.01 g.


FIGURE 1. Measured seed traits (1 – seed length, 2 – seed width).


Statistical Analysis

All statistical analyses were generated by SAS/STAT software, a free version of SAS University Edition, by SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA [50]. Descriptive statistics for seed morphometric traits, estimated seed yields and crown projections were performed using the MEANS procedure. Analyses of variance were conducted for seed yields and crown projections using the MIXED procedure to determine variance components due to the effects of populations according to the following linear model (1):


              yij=μ+Piij        (ANOVA model 1)


where: yij - individual value of a trait; μ - overall mean; Pi - fixed effect of the population i, i = 1,2,3,4; εij - random error.

Analyses of variance were also performed for seed morphometric traits using the MIXED procedure to determine variance components due to the effects of populations and seed collecting time according to the following linear model (2):


               yijk=μ+Pi+C(P)ijijk              (ANOVA model 2)


where: yijk - individual value of a trait; μ - overall mean; Pi - fixed effect of the population i, i = 1,2,3,4; C(P)ji - fixed effect of the collecting time j nested within the population i, j = 1,2,3,4; εijk - random error.

Tukey-Kramer method of the Tukey HSD test was conducted to determine statistical significance of differences between least square means of the populations and of the collecting times.

Pearson correlation analysis was conducted using the proc CORR to determine relationships between studied traits, as well between seed yield estimates and seed intensity visual scoring.



Seed Yield Estimate and Variation

Differences among real and estimated seed yields were studied on a sample of eight trees. Below crowns of those trees large nets were set up together with seed traps, which allowed their comparison. Initially, differences were too large to prove satisfactory. However, after 25% reduction of HCP values, the values of seed yield estimates become much closer to those of the real crops. Average deviation was 0.65 kg per tree ranging from 0.14 to 1.07 kg (Table 2).

All sampled trees were visualy scored for seeding intensity prior to any seed collecting, with the aim of establishing the relationship between scores and estimated seed crop. Positive correlation (R2=0.3219) between the crop per square meter of HCP and visual seeding intensity scoring is shown in Figure 2. Despite this positive correlation, it is evident that the method used for visual scoring of a tree crop was highly unreliable, i.e. inaccurate. For example, there was a large amount of yields in score 4, as well as a large overlapping between grades. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the visual scoring method to increase the acuracy of seed yield estimates.


FIGURE 2. Correlation between seed yield per m2 and visual seeding intensity scores.


Distributions of yields per tree in studied populations are given in Figure 3. The results showed that the largest mean seed yield per tree was in Karlovac population (7.9 kg), while the smallest in Ogulin population (3.7 kg). The average yield per tree in Bjelovar population was 5.1 kg and in Požega population 4.8 kg. Compared to other populations, Karlovac population had more homogenous distribution of yields per tree with the smallest coefficient of variation (CV=43.36). Analysis of variance showed a statistically significant effect of population (F=4.43, p=0.0063). Tukey-Kramer test revealed statistically significant difference between Karlovac and Ogulin populations (p=0.0042).


FIGURE 3. Distribution of seed yields per tree in studied populations (the same letters associate populations with no statistically significant differences).


Požega population had the largest amount of beechnuts in 1 kg (Figure 4). There were on average 4,787 beecnhuts in Požega population, 4,259 in Ogulin population, 4,100 in Karlovac population, while Bjelovar population had 3,746 nuts per kg.


FIGURE 4. Distribution of seed sample (80 seeds) mass per population and the number of seeds in 1 kg.


The largest mean seed yield was in Karlovac population (5.9 million seeds·ha−1). There were 5.2 million seeds·ha−1 in Požega population, 3 million seeds·ha−1 in Ogulin population and 2.4 million seeds·ha−1 in Bjelovar population.

Correlation between Seed Yields and Horizontal Crown Projections

Correlation analysis showed (Figure 5) a positive and statistically significant correlation between tree seed yields and horizontal crown projections (HCPs) (R2=0.6285). Figure 6 shows differences among populations in distributions of the HCPs. On average, Karlovac population had the largest HCP (90.7 m2), while HCPs from Požega population were the smallest (50.46 m2). Karlovac population on average had largest yields per tree and largest crowns. Average HCP in Bjelovar population was 73.7 m2 and in Ogulin 63.57 m2. Although the analysis of variance showed a statistically significant population effect (p=0.0012), the Tukey-Kramer test confirmed significant differences in HCP between Karlovac and Požega (p=0.0007) and between Karlovac and Ogulin (p=0.0397).


FIGURE 5. Correlation between seed yields (kg) and crown horizontal projections (m2).


FIGURE 6. Distribution of crown horizontal projections in the studied populations.


Morphological Analysis of Beechnuts

Average beechnut length for all populations was 15.90 mm in the range of 6.48–20.26 mm. The largest mean value of a seed length was in Bjelovar population, which is followed by Karlovac and Ogulin populations, while the lowest mean value was in Požega population (Figure 7). Statistically significant differences in a seed length were shown between populations and between collection time within the populations (p<.0001). The Tukey-Kramer test indicated that Požega population had significantly smaller seed lenghts than all other populations (p<.0001, Figure 7). There was also a significant difference in beechnut length between Bjelovar and Ogulin populations (p=0.0648, Figure 7). Regarding collection time, the results showed there were no significant differences in seed length in Bjelovar and Karlovac populations. However, in Ogulin and Požega populations, seeds from the first collection (September) were significantly longer than others (Table 3).


FIGURE 7. Distribution of seed length in the studied populations (the same letters associate populations with no statistically significant differences).


TABLE 3. Tukey-Kramer test for seed length considering the effect of collection (*statistically significant differences, p<0.05).


The overall average width of seeds was 8.43 mm in the range of 5.11-13.62 mm. Bjelovar population had highest mean values, while Požega population had the lowest mean value (Figure 8). Analysis of variance did not confirm statistically significant differences regarding collection time, but it was confirmed for the population effect (p=<.001). Tukey-Kramer test showed that Ogulin and Požega populations had significantly narrower seeds than Bjelovar (p=0.0011 and <.0001, respectively; Figure 8) and Karlovac population (p=0.0431 and 0.0002, respectively; Figure 8). Therefore, the populations were divided in two groups according to seed width.


FIGURE 8. Distribution of seed width in the studied populations (the same letters associate populations with no statistically significant differences).


Correlation analysis showed a positive and statistically significant correlation between beechnut sample mass and seed width (R2=0.5875) (Figure 9). Between seed mass and seed length there was no significant correlation. Also, as the highest values of seed length and seed width were identified in Bjelovar population, the sample mass of 20 seeds was largest in this population as well.


FIGURE 9. Correlation between seed sample (20 seeds) mass and seed width.



The mast year is a year in which large amounts of seeds are produced over a wider geographical area and when it is possible to naturally regenerate beech stands. In general, there is no consensus on the quantity of seeds that should be produced in a year for it to be considered a mast year [45, 46]. However, there is a quite clear difference between mast years and the diminutive amount of seeds in non-mast years [35]. There are very few records of measured mast quantities. In our research, the average estimated seed yield varied from 2.4 to 5.9 million seeds·ha−1. That amount of seeds may be considered as mast crop and it is comparable with Simak report [47] on mast crops from three stands in southern Sweden from 1974 to 1983 (the mean mast crop was 3.7 million seeds·ha−1 per mast year and considerably higher in the liming experiment (5.3 million seeds·ha−1)).

Predicting and estimating seed yield is important because seed availability affects stand regeneration. However, comprehensive research of seed production of European beech in Croatia (as well as in wider region of south-eastern Europe) is still lacking.

It is not easy to make an accurate assessment of the seed potential of a particular forest stand. Many factors affect the yield, such as weather conditions, altitude and micro-site which all have an important influence [31]. It was shown that various environmental conditions (both abiotic and biotic) affect successful beechnut production. Best fructification occurred when air temperature was between 15 and 25°C, and relative humidity did not fall below 26–33% [32]. Full mast is usually preceded by warm and dry July (average temperature of at least 15.8°C, and 16 days or more with a maximum temperature exceeding 20°C) [33]. Nevertheless, the mentioned values of climate variables were presented as results observed in Sweden and might differ between beech ecotypes adapted to northern and southern European climate conditions. Generally, research results on Fagus species in Europe and North America indicate that masting largely depends on meteorological conditions in the years preceding it [34-36].

Our research indicates that the size of a crown (i.e. crown width) is an another particularly important factor for trees’ seed yield [37]. Differences in average HCPs may explain differences in seed yields among the studied populations, at least partially. Within population variations in seed yield are most likely influenced by differences in crown projections among trees. As already confirmed by a study on oak trees [37], the crown size is an important factor forseed productivity. Available spacing has a significant impact on tree growth and development. Thus, widely spaced trees tend to grow larger crowns that are more exposed to sunlight, thus producing larger quantities of seeds. Our research generally acknowledged empirical knowledge that a crop of beechnuts was more abundant at stand margins as compared to conditions below dense stands. Marginal trees gain more heat and light and have better disposition to fructify abundantly than trees inside a dense stand. Of course, our results also indicate that HCPs are definitely not the only cause of differences in seed yields among the populations. For example, Požega population had a relatively good mean crop per tree (not significantlly smaller than Karlovac), despite the fact that this population on average had the smallest crown areas. Apart from the size of crown, factors which conclusively affect fructification are site and stand conditions, health, tree position and climate history [51, 52]. In the long term, tree characteristics and genetics are probably more important than environmental factors in determining actual beechnut production.

Knowing the morphological and biological properties of beech seed from different localities allows us to improve regeneration and viability of beech stands [38]. The results obtained in the study on variability of morphometric characteristics of seed can also be used to preliminary get acquainted with the genetic variability of the studied populations and to improve the production of quality seed and planting material of beech in Croatia. Beechnuts are triangular, and their width and thickness were measured on two sides. Very similar results considering analysed seed traits have been obtained by Drvodelić et al. [39] who reported average seed length of 15.42 mm in the range of 14.50-16.33 mm, and average width of 8.14 mm in the range of 7.47-8.97 mm. Gradečki et al. [38] reported average seed length of 14.89 mm in the range of 11.31-16.20 mm, and average width of 9.53 mm in the range of 7.63-10.34 mm. If we consider the length and width of the seed as morphological indicators of its variability, we can conclude that within the population variability is very small, while the analysis of variance identified that populations are mutually statistically different. Seed size showed good direct correlation with seed mass. In relation to number of seeds per kg, our results were within the range of other similar reports [40, 41-43]. Our research also indicated high variability of studied nut traits within and among populations. This variability could have been caused by numerous factors, both environmental (e.g. weather, insects) [39] and genetic [44]. European beech is characterized by the possibility of self-pollination, which is an important cause of the occurrence of empty beech seeds [39]. In many forest tree species, controlled self-pollination results in a higher proportion of empty seeds than cross- or wind-pollination [53-56]. Empty seeds of forest trees may also occur as the result of environmental factors, such as limited pollen supply [57] and insect damage [58]. However, factors causing such between-population variability in seed traits are beyond the scope of this study.

Visual surveys of seeding intensity can be conducted relatively simply and quickly by using binoculars. Seed crop estimates before seed fall are an important piece of information for forestry operatives because seed production affects forest regeneration planning. However, such surveys should be satisfactory and accurate, i.e. usable, for at least rough estimates of the yield. As Figure 2 shows, our visual estimate of a crop was highly unreliable. Therefore, to improve this method it should be further modified, most likely by a smaller range of ratings and clearer grades. A good example is given by Nakajima [48], who used more precise seed intensity rates in five classes.



This work has been fully supported-supported in part by Croatian Science Foundation as part of the Project 8131. We would like to thank the employees of Forest Administrations Bjelovar, Karlovac, Ogulin and Požega – Hrvatske šume d. o. o. for their help and suport during field studies.



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