How Drought Drives Seasonal Radial Growth in Pinus strobiformis from Northern Mexico

  • Andrea Cecilia Acosta-HernándezEmail author
  • Marín Pompa-García
  • Marcos González-Cásares
  • José Manuel Zúñiga-Vásquez
  • José Ciro Hernández-Díaz
  • José Rodolfo Goche-Telles
  • José Ángel Prieto-Ruíz
  • Juan Abel Nájera-Luna


Climate change and its ecological consequences are a highly topical concern, especially because of the effects of climate change on vegetation including forests. Pinus strobiformis is restricted by a unique set of environmental conditions including relative humidity, temperature, precipitation, elevation, and solar radiation that has no other equivalent ecological niche. In this study, the climate sensitivity of earlywood (EW) and latewood (LW) production of P. strobiformis was determined by analyzing the response of EW and LW widths to climate variables (temperature, precipitation, and a drought index) using correlation and regression analyses. The width of each wood type was correlated positively with the drought index and indicated that, in the case of P. strobiformis, the temperature in the preceding season had strong influence on seasonal growth, particularly EW production. These findings enhance our knowledge of the likely response of P. strobiformis growth to predicted climate change.


Dendroecology Mexican pine Mesic species Tree rings 



We are grateful to CONACYT for the doctoral scholarship awarded to the first author and for project CB-2013/222522 of CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology). We also thank COCYTED (Council of Science and Technology of the State of Durango) for the resources granted to support this work. Thanks as well to the community known as “Ejido el Brillante” and to the technical head of the area (Dr. Javier Bretado Velázquez) for the support provided for data collection. We also acknowledge the support received from the Herbarium of CIIDIR-Durango (Interdisciplinary Research Center for Regional Integral Development, Durango Unit) in the measurement of the samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Cecilia Acosta-Hernández
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marín Pompa-García
    • 2
  • Marcos González-Cásares
    • 1
  • José Manuel Zúñiga-Vásquez
    • 2
  • José Ciro Hernández-Díaz
    • 3
  • José Rodolfo Goche-Telles
    • 2
  • José Ángel Prieto-Ruíz
    • 2
  • Juan Abel Nájera-Luna
    • 4
  1. 1.Programa Institucional de Doctorado en Ciencias Agropecuarias y ForestalesUniversidad Juárez del Estado de DurangoDurangoMexico
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniversidad Juárez del Estado de DurangoDurangoMexico
  3. 3.Instituto de Silvicultura e Industria de la Madera, Universidad Juárez del Estado de DurangoDurangoMexico
  4. 4.Instituto Tecnológico de El SaltoDurangoMexico

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