In order to restore deforested areas, how woody species survive for regeneration through adaptation to the environment is important information to know. However, there are not many studies on the restoration of coastal forests.
The purpose of this study is to figure out how the seedlings of dominant sun-tree species (Quercus dentana) of Hokkaido coastal forest adapt itself in a deforested area to the light environment other species and itself created by changing its morphological features.
In this study, I measured 10 morphological features of Quercus dentana seedlings (ex. leaf size, leaf numbers, branch numbers, shoot length) and 5 of seedlings’ sprouts in 5 plots set up in varied light- environments in the deforested areas of Zenibako coastal forest. The morphological features of the seedlings were compared among plots, and those between the seedlings and the sprouts were also compared. I would like to show some results from the data and future directions of my analysis.