Designing mixed-species plantations: Progress to date

Lamb, David, Huynh, Duy Nhan and Erskine, Peter D. (2005). Designing mixed-species plantations: Progress to date. In Peter D. Erskine, David Lamb and Mila Bristow (Ed.), Reforestation in the tropics and subtropics of Australia: Using rainforest tree species (pp. 129-140) Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.


Author Lamb, David
Huynh, Duy Nhan
Erskine, Peter D.
Title of chapter Designing mixed-species plantations: Progress to date
Title of book Reforestation in the tropics and subtropics of Australia: Using rainforest tree species
Place of Publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Publisher Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series RIRDC Publication
ISBN 174151150X
ISSN 1440-6845
Editor Peter D. Erskine
David Lamb
Mila Bristow
Volume number 05/087
Chapter number 9
Start page 129
End page 140
Total pages 12
Total chapters 16
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects E1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
770799 Other
0705 Forestry Sciences
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Mixed species plantations are much more complex than traditional monocultures. The problem of
designing appropriate systems is made even more difficult because of our comparatively limited
knowledge of most of the tree species of interest. Random mixtures are unlikely to be successful but
there is evidence that some carefully selected, multi-species plantations are likely to be more
productive than simple monocultures. Evidence presented here suggests that:
• pairings of two dominant and fast growing species (e.g. Eucalyptus pellita and Elaeocarpus
grandis) are likely to be less successful than pairings of two less dominant species;
• pairings of a species having a persistent green crown (i.e. having some shade tolerance) with
species that are shade intolerant and have shallow crowns can sometimes be complementary; and
• species with contrasting rooting depths are likely to be complementary.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "A technical workshop was convened in June 2003 to review what we have learned in the past ten or so years of reforesting with rainforest and tropical species. The workshop was attended by many of those who have been involved in the reforestation effort in both Queensland and northern New South Wales. This peer-reviewed book documents the lessons learned as a result of their experiences." ; "A report for the RIRDC/Land & Water Australia/FWPRDC/MDBC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program, together with the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre"

 
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