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annual rings

a series of concentric circles found in the heartwood of trees, indicating the approximate age of the tree. Each ring is formed by the contrast in texture between spring wood and autumn wood. Spring wood in ANGIOSPERMS contains a high proportion of large, thin-walled XYLEM vessels and few fibres, for maximum water transport when the leaves are newly formed. Autumn wood contains fewer, smaller, thicker-walled vessels with many fibres for greater mechanical support. GYMNOSPERMS show similar contrasting structures in spring wood and autumn wood, although their water-conducting tissues contain TRACHEIDS, not vessels. Microscopic examination of annual rings (a science called DENDROCHRONOLOGY) has revealed many interesting facts about past climates and also allows wooden structures (e.g. building timbers) to be accurately dated.
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Observations of annual rings on scales and otoliths were conducted by using stereo microscope (Leica MZ75, Germany) and photographs of scales and otoliths were taken and saved (Leica DFC300 FX).
The values of distances between annual rings on the muscle scar corresponded to the values of distances between shell parts with the thinnest shell increments.
We measured annual ring widths, graphed radial growth patterns, and identified possible disturbance dates for each site when radial growth increased concurrently in least 2 trees per site within 5 years.
At the macroscopic level, decay fungi showed differing abilities in exposing the border of annual rings.
Similarly, levels of manganese (Mn) in Scots pine stem are high in old annual rings and decrease towards the bark (Butkus et al.
The annual rings of otoliths of younger age groups are better readable than in older fish (ages 7 years and more).
width, density) and chemical properties of these annual rings provides potential proxies for the environmental factors that influence tree growth.
In temperate regions, such activity usually occurs only once during the growing season each calendar year, and thus these are termed annual rings, as seen in Figure 8-2.
Dendroecology is the study of the ecological and environmental changes depicted in the annual rings of trees.
1 percent in supermarkets with $2 million or more in annual rings for the 52-week period ending March 25.
As this seasonal pattern was the same for age classes 1 to 6, Davis and West (1992) pooled the data and used a graphical representation to show the time of formation of the annual rings.

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