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Title: New allometric equations to support sustainable plantation management of rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora Ducke) in the central Amazon
Authors: Krainovic, Pedro Medrado
Almeida, Danilo Roberti Alves de
Sampaio, Paulo de Tarso Barbosa
Keywords: Biomass
Essential Oils
Biomass Estimation
Crown Mass
Endangered Trees
Hbove-ground Mass
Non-timber Products
Species Conservations
Endangered Species
Essential Oil
Estimation Method
Forest Management
Plantation Forestry
Species Conservations
Species Identification
Volatile Oil
Aniba Rosaeodora
Issue Date: 2017
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Forests
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 8, Número 9
Abstract: Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora Ducke) is an endangered Amazonian tree species which produces one of the most valuable essential oils in the world. The species is used in silvicultural systems which are seen as a means to reducing the pressure of exploitation of natural rosewood populations. There are no specific equations for rosewood plantations, and therefore generalized equations are inappropriate for the species in commercial systems. This study presents allometric equations from 144 trees sampled in different rosewood plantations of Central Amazonia. The equations generated were compared with an equation used in forest management to estimate wood volume and another one recommended by law for rosewood biomass. The equation suggested by current legislation underestimates the actual values by more than 70% making the viable use of this equation impossible in commercial plantations. The equations generated to estimate the volume and biomass serve as an alternative to the need to develop specific equations for each area and age of the plant. The generic equation for the species is consistent for fresh mass management, with a generalized R2 of 0.80 and an underestimation of 0.33%. The equation for crown fresh mass estimation presented a generalized R2 of 0.32 and an underestimation of 0.24%. The underestimation of the mass production by rosewood plantations represents a serious impediment to this forest activity. The allometric equations developed are highly applicable under different conditions and management options and should be suggested by the legal provisions regulating rosewood-related activity in Central Amazonia. © 2017 by the authors.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.3390/f8090327
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