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Pruning and fertiliser effects on branch size and decay in two Eucalyptus nitens plantations


Wiseman, D and Smethurst, PJ and Pinkard, EA and Wardlaw, TJ and Beadle, CL and Hall, M and Baillie, C and Mohammed, CL, Pruning and fertiliser effects on branch size and decay in two Eucalyptus nitens plantations, Forest Ecology and Management, 225, (1-3) pp. 123-133. ISSN 0378-1127 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2005.12.031


The effect of a high rate of fertiliser addition, (900 kg ha-1 nitrogen (N):150 kg ha-1 phosphorus (P)) on pruning associated decay was investigated at two N and P deficient sites in Tasmania, Australia. Decay infections from pruned stubs were found to be more common in trees that received additions of fertiliser N and P, but fertiliser addition was not found to have an effect on basic density, lignin or the concentrations of extractives. Crown depth, and branch size were greater, and kino production reduced on trees that received fertiliser N and P. The incidence of decay infections in the pruned branch stubs increased with the frequency of living and large branches. Hence, improved tree nutrition increased the longevity and size of branches, thereby leading to an increased incidence of decay infections. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wiseman, D (Miss Danielle Wiseman)
UTAS Author:Smethurst, PJ (Dr Philip Smethurst)
UTAS Author:Pinkard, EA (Dr Elizabeth Pinkard)
UTAS Author:Wardlaw, TJ (Dr Timothy Wardlaw)
UTAS Author:Beadle, CL (Dr Christopher Beadle)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, CL (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
ID Code:39719
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-05-11

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