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Effect of the lateral growth rate on wood properties in fast-growing hardwood species


Kojima, Miho and Yamamoto, Hiroyuki and Okumura, Kayo and Ojio, Yasuhisa and Yoshida, Masato and Okuyama, Takashi and Ona, Toshihiro and Matsune, Kenji and Nakamura, Kentaro and Ide, Yuji and Marsoem, Sri Nugroho and Sahri, Mohd Hamami and Hadi, Yusuf Sudo (2009) Effect of the lateral growth rate on wood properties in fast-growing hardwood species. Journal of Wood Science, 55 (6). pp. 417-424. ISSN 1435-0211; ESSN: 1611-4663


We investigated the feasibility of using several fast- growing tropical or subtropical hardwood species for timber production by measuring key wood qualities in relationship to the high rates of lateral growth. The trees tested were sampled from even-aged plantations of Acacia mangium, A. auriculiformis, hybrid Acacia(A.mangium × A. auriculiformis), Eucalyptus grandis, E. globulus, and Paraserianthes falcataria (Solomon and Java origin) that had already reached commercial harvesting age. The released strain of the surface growth stress (RS), xylem density (XD), microfibril angle (MFA), and fiber length (FL) were measured at the outermost part of the xylem at breast height in each tree. Results were then compared to the lateral growth rate (radius/age) at breast height, which provides a relative indicator of the amount of tree growth per year. Our findings indicated that RS was constant, regardless of lateral growth rate in each species. Similar results were observed for XD, MFA, and FL, with a few exceptions, suggesting that high growth rates do not intrinsically affect the wood properties of fast-growing tropical or subtropical species that have reached harvesting age. However, special attention must be paid to patterns of xylem maturation when developing plantations of such species.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10086-009-1057-x
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Paraseriathes falcataria; Eucalyptus; Acacia; Growth stress; Tropical; Plantation
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 07:11
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 00:45
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/14319
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