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A scarcity of water exists, not just within the arid areas of the realm, yet even in a few reasonably humid climates. this example is a final result of water require­ ments for agriculture and in quantities more than the average surplus. Even in Europe there's elevated nervousness over the country of water reserves, and shortages are forecast for the close to destiny if maintains to extend. prior to now 50 years within the usa, water use has elevated approximately two times as quick because the cost of inhabitants development, and shortages have already seemed in a few locations. the necessity to preserve declining water assets which has turn into obvious over the past few a long time has led numerous investigators to finish that vegetation with a excessive fee of transpiration endanger water assets, and the expansion of such crops mustn't ever be inspired. a few imagine that bushes withdraw extra water from the soil than different plant species and evaporate it excessively in the course of the stomata of leaves. THORNTHWAITE and HARE (1955) defined transpiration at the related thermo­ dynamic foundation as evaporation, and calculated its cost, utilizing DALTON'S legislation or alterations thereof. In spite ofthe many earlier and current investigations into the issues of transpiration, the organic elements of this crucial approach continues to be poorly understood.

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STARK (1967) did not find significant differences when measuring transpiration with Went's transpirometer in comparison to the cut-leaf, quick weighing method. The method used by us for the last 12 years appears to be quite precise for purposes of comparison. A group of six dominant representative trees grown to full density was selected by a random method in each experimental plot. From each tree, every hour, 10 two-needle clusters were cut and weighed, then weighed again after five minutes. Such a high number of needles, and a relatively long period between weighings, were used to detect very small differences in the transpiration 26 rate between one tree and another, and between one day and another when the transpiration rate was very low, particularly during the hottest and driest months, or during the coldest months of the rainy season (December-February).

The excesses ranged from 3 to 30 % in terra rossa, and from 8 to 31 %in rendzina. 5 16 --- >- If) 6 ~ 12 -' ~ 28 60 -90 em 24 ...... 16 12 ( III IV V ...... '0--_ , VI Vii MONTHS (1963) -----0 VIII IX Fig. 18. Soil moisture fluctuations in three soil layers: under the forest canopy (solid line) and in the bare area (broken line). Efraim Hills. Aleppo pine. In the hills of Efraim, in a 12-year-old Aleppo pine plantation, the seasonal trends in soil moisture at various depths throughout the rainless period are shown in Fig.

7 % greater than in the open area. At the end of the dry season of the following year (November 9, 1961) at the same locations, similar differences were found in both terra rossa and rendzina soils. Lateral root development was greatest in the upper two layers where the moisture content was greatest. Another four sets of sample plots were established in two locations along the slopes of the Judean Hills in 1961 (Table III). Here soil moisture percentage during one ofthe critical months (October) is higher under the canopy of trees than in the open area.

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