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Role of site in the mortality and production of Acacia mangium plantations in Indonesia


Hardie, M and Akhmad, N and Mohammed, C and Mendham, D and Corkrey, R and Gafur, A and Siregar, S, Role of site in the mortality and production of Acacia mangium plantations in Indonesia, Southern Forests, 80, (1) pp. 37-50. ISSN 2070-2620 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2989/20702620.2016.1274857


In Indonesia, Acacia mangium plantations exceed 1.6 Mha contributing approximately 3.5% of the country’s GDP. The viability of these plantations is increasingly threatened by fungal pathogens, insect pests, squirrels, monkeys, elephants and wind damage. Studies indicate that the problem is growing and in some areas, fungal pathogens such as Ganoderma and Ceratocystis species have contributed up to 50% tree mortality by the fourth rotation. Multiple statistical procedures were employed to examine the influence of soil and topographical properties on tree survival (trees ha−1), wood production (m3 ha−1), and mortality associated with Ganoderma root rot, Ceratocystis wilt and by wind. Soil family level was found to be a good indicator of tree mortality. Plots with fine-loamy Typic Kandiudult soils had the highest tree survival and mortality associated with species of Ganoderma and Ceratocystis, but had the lowest incidence of mortality by wind. The degree of association between soil and topographic variables with tree survival, wood production and the cause of mortality were poor and inconsistent. Tree survival was slightly higher on upslope areas away from valley bottoms, and drier mid-slopes, ridges and hilltops, and very low pH (<3.3) soils. Wood production was also lightly higher in drier, elevated locations, away from valley bottoms. Mortality by wind was slightly higher in moist, poorly drained, low-lying valley bottoms and topographically flat areas. Our ability to further pinpoint the influence of topography and soil attributes on wood production and cause of mortality was greatly compromised by the lack of site-specific soil data, and potential misclassification of the cause of mortality. This study could not reliably or consistently relate tree survival, wood production or the cause of mortality to any one, or combination of, soil and topographic variables.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ceratocystis wilt, Ganoderma, plantation forest, soil type, topography
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:Hardie, M (Mr Marcus Hardie)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
UTAS Author:Corkrey, R (Dr Ross Corkrey)
ID Code:118251
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-07-07
Last Modified:2018-05-23

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