Preliminary growth functions for Eucalyptus gunnii in the UK

Leslie, Andrew, Mencuccini, Maurizio and Perks, Mike P. (2018) Preliminary growth functions for Eucalyptus gunnii in the UK. Biomass and Bioenergy, 108 . pp. 464-469. Item availability may be restricted.

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This study represents the first attempt to develop growth functions for Eucalyptus gunnii grown in the UK. Functions relating height and age, height and DBH, cumulative volume and age and mean annual increment and age were developed using historic data. These indicated that stands in the UK achieved an average growth rate of 16 m3 ha−1 y−1 or approximately 8 Mg ha−1 y−1 of dry stem biomass at an age of twenty years. There is evidence that yields can be considerably higher where intensive silviculture, such as use of plastic mulches and nutrient inputs has been practised, such as at Daneshill in Nottinghamshire, where trees attained a height of 10.6 m in five and a half years. However, potential yields are often compromised by high mortality and a priority should be to identify areas in the UK where E. gunnii can be grown with low risk and also to choose well adapted genetic material.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Biomass and Bioenergy
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1873-2909
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry, Conservation & Applied Science
Additional Information: Andrew Leslie is Senior Lecturer, National School of Forestry, University Of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2018 10:05

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