Thank you for taking the time to define your terms.
See that's the problem (not the fact that you defined your terms - that's
great). People speak of material or a mass of material such as a piece of
wood and its contents as being dead, non-ecologically functioning, waste, no
value, etc. When in reality it is symplastless and house a great deal of
living organisms and organs such as mycorrhizae. I understand that a plane
is dead yet often there are many people inside the plane. To call a plane
flying over above as dead is at least a half truth. Same as referring to a
chunk of wood in a forest as dead. A symplastless piece of wood often
specifically recognized as "dead wood" can be made up of at least 35% fungi
cells alone. You stated that when you say dead wood you mean symplastless.
That's fine, at least I know now what you mean. However too often the term
dead wood is used and misunderstood. I do respect the fact that you defined
your terms. Please understand when I say symplastless wood I do not mean
dead wood, non-ecologically functioning, waste, no value, etc.
In contrast, a symplastless tree or log includes a considerable number of
living cells, as much 35% of the biomass may be live fungal cells (Franklin,
Shugart and Harmon, 1987, pg 551).
We document that a large symplastless tree is not a wasted resource; indeed,
it continues to function as an important part of a terrestrial or water
system, either while remaining on the site at which it once grew, or by
becoming a structural part of an aquatic or marine habitat. We aim to help
anyone interested in perpetual forest productivity to understand the
importance of large, symplastless woody debris. The book develops certain
principles and ideas in sequence from the forest to the sea (Maser, Tarrant,
Trappe and Franklin, 1988, pg 1par5).
I will explain again. First you are right. That was a huge wound and by
all means if you hit the target you should get great credit. Due to my
ignorance I was not sure that was really the way it was, thus I asked if it
was possible to get a dissection. Instead of arguing I went and did a
dissection on my pruning jobs. To really understand you must dissect trees.
I did it here:
Come on, give me something to work with. Just remember the target of a
dissection in a longitudinal plane is to try to get the pith. By all means
it is dangerous work. If you cannot do it fine. Send me a sample and I
will dissect it.
Will you never forgive for my ignorance?
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