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Ecophysiology of Short Rotation Forest Crops

Edited By: CP Mitchell, JB Ford-Robertson, T Hinckley and L Sennerby-Forsse

308 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1992 | #23978 | ISBN: 1851668489
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About this book

This book has been compiled as a result of collaboration within the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Agreement. The aim of the book is to review the state-of-the art with respect to research and practical implications in order to aid the development of the technology for short rotation forestry production.


Part 1. Growth Dynamics and Canopy Structure: Genetic background; Cell to leaf level; Branch to crown level; Whole tree to stand level. Part 2. Nutritional Dynamics and Requirements of Short Rotation Forests: Mineral nutrient requirements of SRF crops Nutrient dynamics in SRF plantations; Management implications; Environmental considerations. Part 3. Water Relations: Cell water relations; Drought tolerance; Dehydration postponement adaptations; Dehydration tolerance adaptations. Part 4. The Structure and Dynamics of Woody Plant Root Systems: Root morphology; The fate of carbon translocated to roots; Root biomass; Fine root dynamics. Part 5. Clonal Testing and Selection for Field Plantations: North Central US tests; Pacific Northwest tests; Eastern Ontario tests; Regional comparisons. Part 6. Coppicing Ability and Sustainability: Methods to induce resprouting in wood species; Biological factors influencing resprouting; Cultural and environmental factors influencing resprouting; Production of coppice systems. Part 7. Pests, Diseases and Injuries in Intensive Short Rotation Forestry: Avoidance and tolerance; Physiological status; Frost; Drought. Part 8. Sustaining Production - Nutrient Dynamics and Soils: Fertility management - nutrient inputs and losses; Nutrition management - fertilizer usage; Diagnozing nutrient status; Effects of short rotation forest management on soil productivity. Part 9. Ecophysiological Growth Process Models of Short Rotation Forest Crops: Models of short rotation forests; Selected models; Summary of applications and limitations; Future needs and directions. Part 10. Feedstock Characteristic and Quality: Physical traits; Chemical traits. Part 11. The Role of Genetic Improvement in Short Rotation Forestry: High returns for genetic improvement in SRF; The power of the clonal approach; Breeding; Molecular biology and short rotation forest crops.

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