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Author Mead, Donald J., author

Title Sustainable management of Pinus radiata plantations / by Donald J. Mead
Published Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 246 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color)
Series FAO forestry paper, 0258-6150 ; 170
FAO forestry paper ; 170
Contents 1. Overview -- 2. Site requirements -- 3. Social, economic and environmental considerations -- 4. Pests and diseases -- 5. Growth characteristics, wood properties and end-use -- 6. Radiata pine tree-breeding -- 7. Producing planting stock -- 8. Establishment and early tending -- 9. Tending established radiata pine stands -- 10. Productivity changes and sustainability of radiata pine plantation forests -- 11. Radiata pine on farms -- 12. Conclusions
Summary "Pinus radiata (radiata pine) is a versatile, fast-growing, medium-density softwood, suitable for a wide range of end-uses. Its silviculture is highly developed, and is built on a rm foundation of over a century of research, observation and practice. Radiata pine is often considered a model for growers of other plantation species. This book explores current knowledge of, and experience with radiata pine forest plantation management and examines its long-term sustainability. Radiata pine management needs to integrate the biological aspects of tree-growing, with socio-economics, management objectives, practical considerations and other constraints and opportunities. Although stands of radiata pine may appear to be simple, they are actually quite complex ecosystems because they contain large, long-lived trees that change dramatically over time and interact in changing ways with the environment and with other organisms. The focus of this book is on the principles and practices of growing radiata pine sustainably. It also looks ahead to emerging challenges facing radiata pine plantation management, such as the effects of climate change, new diseases and other threats, and meeting changing product needs and societal demands."--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-246)
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Subject Pine -- Growth.
Pinus radiata.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9251076359 (electronic bk.)
9789251076354 (electronic bk.)