First year development of poplar clones in biomass short rotation coppiced experimental cultures
Keywords:poplar clones, biomass, height increment, basal diameter
AbstractPoplar and willows are the main fast growing tree species used for biomass production in short rotation coppiced (SRC) cultures. The main characteristics for biomass production (plant survival, basal diameter and height increment) after first growing season are presented. Four Italian clones - AF2, AF6, AF8 and Monviso (Alasia New Clones) and two controls - Turcoaia and Sacrau 79 (ICAS, România) have been tested in five experimental cultures, in different locations. Italian energetic clones have adapted very well to the pedoclimatic conditions of South-Eastern Romania, being more competitive than control clones in terms of biomass production and resistance to leaf diseases. AF8 and Monviso have registered the most active growth.
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