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Longitudinal growth strain as a log and wood quality predictor for plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens sawlogs


Valencia, J and Harwood, C and Washusen, R and Morrow, A and Wood, M and Volker, P, Longitudinal growth strain as a log and wood quality predictor for plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens sawlogs, Wood Science and Technology: Journal of The International Academy of Wood Science, 45, (1) pp. 15-34. ISSN 0043-7719 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00226-010-0302-1


Peripheral longitudinal growth strain (LGS) was measured on a total of 81, 22-year-old pruned Eucalyptus nitens trees from five thinning treatments in a plantation thinning trial in Tasmania. Growth strain data were gathered at breast height on each tree using the CIRAD-ForÍt method. The effects of thinning treatment and tree diameter on LGS and its relationships to solid-wood traits determined in a processing trial were examined. LGS was significantly higher in the direction of the prevailing wind and was not significantly affected by either thinning treatment or tree diameter. An index of log end splitting was positively related to tree diameter, sawlog position (upper/lower), and LGS, which explained up to an additional 20% of the variance after tree diameter and log position were accounted for in a linear regression model. High LGS and log end splitting were significant indicators of increased board end splitting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eucalyptus nitens, sawlogs, logitudinal growth strain, wood quality predictor, wood quality
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry product quality assessment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Harwood, C (Mr Christopher Harwood)
UTAS Author:Wood, M (Mr Matthew Wood)
UTAS Author:Volker, P (Dr Peter Volker)
ID Code:117079
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-05-30
Last Modified:2017-08-15

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