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Productivity of acacia and eucalypt plantations in Southeast Asia. 2. trends and variations


Harwood, CE and Nambiar, EKS, Productivity of acacia and eucalypt plantations in Southeast Asia. 2. trends and variations, International Forestry Review, 16, (2) pp. 249-260. ISSN 1465-5489 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1505/146554814811724766


Productivity of commercial acacia and eucalypts plantations in Southeast Asia was analysed using company inventory data to assess growth rates and their variation and trends. Growth rates of Acacia mangium in Sumatra, Indonesia ranged between 22 and 35 m3 /ha/yr before impacted by fungal disease, which reduced growth to 15 m3/ha/yr or lower. The first rotation of Eucalyptus pellita, which replaced A. mangium in Sumatra, produced 1618 m3 /ha/yr. In south Vietnam, growth of acacia hybrid in the second rotation averaged 23 m3/ha/yr and generally exceeded that of acacia plantations in the first rotation. Growth of acacia hybrid in north Vietnam was slower, at 18 m3/ha/yr. Eucalypts in China grew at between 15 to 28 m3 ha/yr. Growth rates were highly variable spatially within estates managed by individual companies for both eucalypts and acacias. Understanding this variation spatially and in time is critical for developing holistic management and better targeting of research efforts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plantation productivity, acacia, eucalyptus, sustainability, Southeast Asia
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:Harwood, CE (Mr Christopher Harwood)
ID Code:118550
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:59
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-07-13
Last Modified:2017-10-12

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