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Solid-wood production from temperate eucalypt plantations: a Tasmanian case study


Beadle, CL and Volker, PW and Bird, T and Mohammed, CL and Barry, KM and Pinkard, E and Wiseman, D and Harwood, CE and Washusen, R and Wardlaw, T and Nolan, G, Solid-wood production from temperate eucalypt plantations: a Tasmanian case study, Southern Forests, 70, (1) pp. 45-47. ISSN 2070-2620 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2989/SOUTH.FOR.2008.


Since 1988, there has been a major focus in Tasmania on research for the management of temperate eucalypt plantations for solid wood. This coincided with the formal transfer of large areas of native forest that had previously been part of the production forest estate into reserves, a decision that triggered the establishment of eucalypt plantations for solid wood. This review summarises research on several key areas: silvicultural requirements for solid-wood production; wood properties of plantation-grown eucalypts and the influence of silviculture and genetics on these properties; factors influencing stem defect and decay; balancing silvicultural requirements with maintenance of tree vigour; and issues concerning wood processing and products. We conclude that there are still operational challenges to be confronted in the production of solid wood from plantations. If these can be overcome in the medium term, temperate plantation eucalypts have the potential to provide wood products that meet the requirements for appearance-grade material and that can compete in the same markets as wood from native forests. The bigger challenge at the national level will be to provide the log volumes of suitable material to meet the anticipated demand 25 to 30 years from now. Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Tree nutrition and physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Beadle, CL (Dr Christopher Beadle)
UTAS Author:Volker, PW (Dr Peter Volker)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, CL (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
UTAS Author:Barry, KM (Associate Professor Kara Barry)
UTAS Author:Pinkard, E (Dr Elizabeth Pinkard)
UTAS Author:Harwood, CE (Mr Christopher Harwood)
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
ID Code:40718
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-03

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