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Quantifying stem discoloration and decay following pruning and thinning an Acacia hybrid plantation


Trang, TT and Glen, M and Eyles, A and Ratkowsky, D and Beadle, C and Mohammed, C, Quantifying stem discoloration and decay following pruning and thinning an Acacia hybrid plantation, Forest Pathology, 47, (2) Article e12312. ISSN 1439-0329 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/efp.12312


Acacia hybrid (Acacia mangium × A. auriculiformis) is widely planted in Vietnam, and part of the estate is managed for solid timber products. This requires pruning and thinning – practices that through mechanical wounding can facilitate the entry of fungal organisms, leading to stem defects. The extent to which this happens in Acacia hybrid has not been previously studied in Vietnam. A destructive survey was conducted in a 3-year-old Acacia hybrid plantation at Nghia Trung in Binh Phuoc province, 18 months after the imposition of pruning and thinning treatments. Pruned trees had a higher incidence and severity of discoloration and decay in the stem than unpruned trees; thinning increased the incidence of stem decay and the severity of discoloration but not the severity of decay. An interaction between pruning and thinning did not influence the incidence of stem decay but did increase the severity of discoloration in thinning treatments. Across treatments, levels of discoloration and decay were <30% and <5%, respectively. Modification of current pruning practices may be necessary to ensure that decay levels are kept within acceptable limits at an anticipated harvest age of 7–8 years.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forest health and pathology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Trang, TT (Mr Trang Tran Thanh)
UTAS Author:Glen, M (Dr Morag Glen)
UTAS Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
UTAS Author:Ratkowsky, D (Dr David Ratkowsky)
UTAS Author:Beadle, C (Dr Christopher Beadle)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
ID Code:113122
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-12-13
Last Modified:2017-11-23

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