Assessment of a Eucalyptus provenance trail at Thetford and implications for Eucalyptus as a biomass crop in lowland Britain

Leslie, Andrew (2003) Assessment of a Eucalyptus provenance trail at Thetford and implications for Eucalyptus as a biomass crop in lowland Britain. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 97 (4). pp. 257-264.

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Abstract

Eucalyptus has been largely rejected as a genus for production forestry in Britain despite several species surviving the winter of 1981/82, one of the severest winters since meteorological records began, and three subsequent severe winters. Twenty-one year results from a Forestry Commission species and provenance trial established in 1981 showed excellent growth for some seed origins of Eucalyptus. There were 11 seed sources in the study, and 9 Eucalyptus species were tested: Eucalyptus gunnii, E. gunnii var. divaricata, E. archeri, E. coccifera, E. debeuzevillei, E. glaucescens, E. niphophila, E. nitens and E. nitens × E. parvifolia. It is argued that Eucalyptus should be considered as an energy crop for lowland Britain given its fast growth, high wood density relative to other biomass genera and the suitability of its wood for small scale heat and power installations and co-firing in electricity generating plants.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Forestry
Publisher: Greenings of Ashford Ltd
ISSN: 0033-5568
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry, Conservation & Applied Science
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 12:26
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 17:46
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/632

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