Improving Productivity in Mixed-Species Plantations

Bristow, Mila, Nichols, J. Doland and Vanclay, Jerome K. (2006) Improving Productivity in Mixed-Species Plantations. Forest Ecology and Management, 233 2-3: 193-194. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2006.05.010

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Author Bristow, Mila
Nichols, J. Doland
Vanclay, Jerome K.
Title Improving Productivity in Mixed-Species Plantations
Journal name Forest Ecology and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-1127
Publication date 2006-09-01
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.05.010
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 233
Issue 2-3
Start page 193
End page 194
Total pages 2
Language eng
Subject 300803 Natural Resource Management
300606 Agroforestry
300604 Management and Environment
Abstract Mixed species plantations are often promoted as being environmentally preferable to monocultures, but are rarely considered operationally viable by commercial forest growers. Despite many publications documenting benefits demonstrated in research studies, and despite continuing calls from a wide range of advocates for mixed-species plantations, polyculture remains the exception rather than the rule in industrial plantation forestry. The following observations are drawn from a recent workshop: - innovative experiment designs and analytical techniques are available to examine species interactions; - despite the enthusiasm for polycultures, relatively few robust experiments have been established, and even fewer have been maintained long enough to allow rotation-length consequences to be evaluated; - commercial polyculture plantations are even more scarce than experiments, and rarely offer data to support publication of financial analyses; - small landholders appear to be the main innovators in establishing and demonstrating polyculture plantations. To provide the evidence to encourage industrial uptake of polyculture plantations, there is a need for - a co-ordinated series of long-term trials, well replicated in time and space, using a standardised design with several treatments (species composition) and comparable species; - operational-scale demonstration plantings that gather ecological, financial and social data as well as the conventional production data.
Keyword mixed species plantations
timber farming
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