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León Radío, María Inés and Martín Delgado, Daiana, 2014. Management of young teak plantations in Panama - effect of pruning and thinning. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



On high quality wood species, thinning and pruning are compulsory management that must be done not only in early stages but also often during later development of the plantation in order to improve wood quality and growth of individual high-quality trees.
In this thesis two trials were carried out to determine the adequate intensities of first thinning and pruning in a teak plantation in order to find the optimum early management to reach the best growth in yield and quality terms.
In trial 1 pruning at 3 and 5 metres was combined with a thinning of the 35 % of the initial number of trees, 1111 tree per ha, which meant 15% removal of basal area.
In trial 2 four thinning intensities were analyzed: 0, 25, 35, 45 % of the initial number of trees (15, 20 and 30 % of basal area).
The variables observed in the different treatments after six months, were analysed using the measurements of diameter, height and form factor. With this data, the increment of height, diameter, basal area and volume according each treatment were calculated.
The measured stem-volumes were compared with stem-volume estimated by a function developed by Diego Pérez and Markku Kaninnen, 2003, for teak plantations in Costa Rica that uses only diameter at breast height as independent variable. It was found that this function for teak stem volume can be used for calculating teak wood volume in the Darién region of Panama.

Main title:Management of young teak plantations in Panama - effect of pruning and thinning
Authors:León Radío, María Inés and Martín Delgado, Daiana
Supervisor:Nilsson, Urban
Examiner:Agestam, Eric
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för sydsvensk skogsvetenskap
Volume/Sequential designation:229
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM001 Euroforester - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Keywords:teak, Panama, Tectona grandis, pruning, thinning, productivity, quality timber
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry - General aspects
Forestry production
Deposited On:17 Sep 2014 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:17 Sep 2014 07:25

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