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Predicting productivity of Acacia hybrid plantations for a range of climates and soils in Vietnam


Thai Hung, T and Almeida, AC and Eyles, A and Mohammed, C, Predicting productivity of Acacia hybrid plantations for a range of climates and soils in Vietnam, Forest Ecology and Management, 367 pp. 97-111. ISSN 0378-1127 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.02.030


Acacia hybrid (A. auriculiformis × A. mangium) has rapidly become the most widely planted species in Vietnam for the production of pulpwood and sawlogs. As it is adapted to the very wide range of site and soil conditions that prevail throughout the country, providing an ability to predict accurately its productivity is an essential part of optimising product value and income to growers. In this study, we calibrated the 3-PG growth model using ten permanent sample plots located in stands aged 1, 3 and 6 yr. The model was then validated using 55 additional permanent plots from 12 plantations growing in four regions that support plantation forestry. The model performed well for most of the validation sites; model efficiencies (EF) were ⩾0.76. The model was more accurate in predicting the productivity of plantations in the North and North Central Coast than in the South and South Central Coast regions. Growth was most affected by soil water deficit in this wet/dry tropical environment, than by temperature, particularly in the North. Soil fertility was best predicted by a relationship with soil organic carbon and the base cations Ca++ and K+. Across regions, the mean current monthly increment of stand volume for a 15-yr rotation was 3.21 and 1.97 m3 ha−1 month−1 for the wet and dry seasons, respectively. Sensitivity analysis indicated how much the model parameters affect the main outputs and how this changes with stand age. Overall, the model provided an accurate description of the potential productivity of Acacia hybrid plantations across a wide range of climates and soils in Vietnam.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acacia hybrid production, process-based model, variable productivity, growth limitations
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry management and environment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Thai Hung, T (Mr Hung Trieu Thai)
UTAS Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
ID Code:107091
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-03-04
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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