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Nitrogen Fertilization Decreases Yellow-Poplar Wood Density

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The effects of nitrogen fertilization on the relative wood density and growth of yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) were studied over two growth periods. Transmitted gamma rays were used to measure relative wood density. A small but significant decrease in relative wood density was accompanied by diameter, height, basal area, and cubic volume increases of much greater magnitude. These results suggest a small wood quality loss relative to the volume gain from nitrogen fertilization of yellow-poplar on deficient sites.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee

Publication date: August 1, 1979

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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