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The role of species mixtures in plantation forestry

Literature: Journal Articles

Matthew J. Kelty, 2006, The role of species mixtures in plantation forestry, USA, Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 233, pp. 195–204

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Department of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA

Link(s)!publish/Harper/Literature/Boreal & Sub-boreal Literature/kelty 2006.pdf

Species Info

Cedrela odorata, Cordia alliodora, Hyeronima alchorneoides, Genipa americana, Vochysia ferruginea, Pithecellobium elegans, Hieronyma alchorneoides, Eucalyptus saligna, Falcataria moluccana, Eucalyptus saligna, Falcataria moluccana, Leucaena leucocephala, Casuarina equisetifolia, Leucaena leucocephala


The article promotes the planting of mixed spicies and discribes some of the potential advantages compared to monocultures, by soucing and reviewing current stand produductivety studdies from accros the world. Aspects disscussed in the article are:
- Increasing stand level productivity using complementary characteristics (good ecological combinig ability)
- Increasing stand level productivity using facilitation (characteristic of one speciies effectig the other positivly)
- Improving individual tree growth rate and stem quality
- Growing multible products on veriaring rotations
- Reducing risk of pest  damage
- Resoring degraded lands


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