Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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The Department is part of the Forestry Faculty of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is stationed in Alnarp, in southwestern Sweden. It is located in Alnarpsparken which is a green oasis between Malmö and Lund.
The Department provides teaching and research in forest management with a focus on management, planning, conservation and natural resource economics. The Department has an international character both in research and teaching.

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 The Department is hosting SNS - Nordic Forest Research during the period 2014-2017. More information please visit the SNS webpage, by clicking the logo.
SNS Secretaries are Inga Bödeker and Jonas Rönnberg.

Current Research

Early Development of pure and mixed tree species plantations in Snogeholm, Southern Sweden

Lars Drössler*, Rolf Övergaard, Per Magnus Ekö, Pelle Gemmel and Henrik Böhlenius

There is a lack of experimental studies comparing the forest production of mixed tree species stands and monocultures. As a case study, in 1994 an experiment was established in an afforestation landscape in southern Sweden with 66 plots: 18 planted with single tree species (including most native Swedish trees, plus Populus and Larix hybrids) and 48 with various non-replicated mixtures.
Fifteen years after planting, stand growth did not differ significantly between the mixtures and the monocultures. However, the monocultures did exhibit a higher variation in growth levels relative to the moderate but comparatively consistent growth levels exhibited by the mixtures; particularly those comprised of more than two species.  A specific analysis of mixtures containing either the tree species Picea abies or Quercus robur and their corresponding monocultures demonstrated the importance of the tree species admixed as a determinant of production outcomes early in the rotation. In the case of P. abies, tree species mixtures tended to reduce production, whereas in the case of Q. robur, mixtures tended to increase production. In addition no consistent differences in the mean height and mean diameter growth of P. abies and Q. robur between mixtures and monocultures were detected.
A major conclusion is that adding more than two species did not increase stand volume growth.

Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 2015


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