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Notes: Leaf Area Prediction Equations for Young Southeastern Hardwood Stems

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Sixteen common hardwood species were sampled in young pine plantations of the Virginia Piedmont to develop predictive equations for leaf area from stem cross-sectional area. Leaf area (total surface area) was found to be linearly related to stem cross-sectional area for each species, with coefficients of determination (R²) ranging from 0.87 to 0.98. Slope coefficients ranged from 0.336 to 0.833 m²/cm² and were significantly different for all but two of the species. A comparison within species showed no significant difference in slopes between single stems and multistemmed sprouts. Forest Sci. 32:818-821.

Keywords: Root collar cross-sectional area; young pine plantations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Publication date: September 1, 1986

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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