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Thinning increases saw-log values in fast-growing plantations of Acacia hybrid in Vietnam


Beadle, CL and Trieu, DT and Harwood, CE, Thinning increases saw-log values in fast-growing plantations of Acacia hybrid in Vietnam, Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 25, (1) pp. 42-51. ISSN 0128-1283 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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High stockings at plantation establishment of fast-growing species can lead to rapid compromise of individual tree growth. This study examined the possibility of early thinning for Acacia hybrid to realise saw-log potential defined as log volume >15 cm small-end diameter under-bark at harvest. A 2.5-year-old Acacia hybrid plantation located near Dong Hoi in Central Vietnam and established at 1000 stems ha-1 was subjected to four thinning treatments, namely, an unthinned control (871 stems ha-1 at time of thinning) and 600, 450 and 300 stems ha-1. Significant diameter responses to thinning were observed after 6 months and sustained until at least 2 years after thinning and these were associated with significant differences in total basal area between treatments during the same period. However, by 18 and 25 months after thinning there were no significant differences in periodic basal area increment between treatments. This experiment showed that sites supporting mean annual increment (MAI) >25 m3 ha-1 and thinned to 600 stems ha-1 when the trees had mean diameter at breast height of 9 cm led to about 20% of the commercial log volume reaching minimum saw-log size within 5 years from planting. Our results support the view that thinning Acacia hybrid in these environments can rapidly realise saw-log values and increase the value of these plantations to smallholders.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Acacias, basal area, clonal forestry, diameter, sawn timber
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Beadle, CL (Dr Christopher Beadle)
ID Code:88819
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-02-17
Last Modified:2014-06-04

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