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

Department of 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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CURRENT RESEARCH

Influence of spacing and thinning on wood properties in conifer plantations.

Mateusz Liziniewicz (Doctoral thesis).

Regeneration in wide initial spacing, thinning mechanization and planting of foreign tree species has been used in Sweden since 1960's to keep profitability and competitiveness of the Swedish forestry sector. In the same time, the decrease in timber quality has been considered as a possibly negative consequence of mentioned silvicultural measures. In the last two decades industrial demand for high quality timber has decreased due to strong competition in the timber market. However, the situation might change in the future.
The results indicate that planted coniferous stands in southern Sweden contain a share of high quality trees which might be promoted by thinnings. Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta L.) planted in southern Sweden has similar external quality traits as a native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), however, its growth superiority was not confirmed. If a careful selection aimed at a specific quality parameter is applied than the overall quality of the stand will increase in comparison with currently used thinning methods. Analysis of Scots pine boards’ quality from thinned and unthinned stands did not show differences thus, the selection traits and both objectives and market conditions must be carefully considered in forest plans.

 

 


News

The Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre is hosting the 8th IUFRO Conference on Vegetation Management, in Halmstad, Sweden, August 25-28th 2014.
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Page updated: 2014-04-15. Page editor: desiree.mattsson@slu.se

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