Differences of Wood Elements of Prosopis laevigata from Two Areas of Northeast Mexico
Artemio Carrillo-Parra, Rahim Foroughbakhch-Pournavab, Verónica Bustamante-García, Sadoth Sandoval-Torres, Fortunato Garza-Ocañas, Sergio Moreno-Limón
Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Oaxaca de Juárez, México..
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Uni- versidad Uutónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza, México.
Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Untónoma de Nuevo León, Linares, México.
Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Untónoma de Nuevo León, Linares, México;.
Instituto de Silvicultura e Industria de la Madera, Universi- dad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Durango, México.
DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2013.45A009   PDF    HTML   XML   3,175 Downloads   5,048 Views   Citations


Anatomical features of wood have a great variation among species as a result of genetic and environmental factors. The anatomical heartwood characteristics of Prosopis laevigata species from two areas with differences on temperature and rain precipitation on northeast Mexico were compared. Fibers length (μm), diameter of vessels (μm), and the area of the vessels (μm-2) were measured using light microscopy coupled with a digitized-image analysis system. The differences were statistically analyzed with analysis of variance. Statistical differences between fibers length (p < 0.0001) and diameter of the vessels (p < 0.001) from the two localities were found. The locality Linares, Nuevo León, Mexico, with higher precipitation and lower temperature, showed higher fiber length and higher diameter of the vessels than China, Nuevo León. Hard environmental conditions, where low precipitation values and high temperatures prevail, condition P. laevigata trees do reduce the risk of losing water.

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Carrillo-Parra, A. , Foroughbakhch-Pournavab, R. , Bustamante-García, V. , Sandoval-Torres, S. , Garza-Ocañas, F. and Moreno-Limón, S. (2013) Differences of Wood Elements of Prosopis laevigata from Two Areas of Northeast Mexico. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4, 56-60. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2013.45A009.

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