Estimating Large-Root Biomass from Breast-Height Diameters for Ponderosa Pine in Northern New Mexico
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 16, Number 1, 1 January 2001 , pp. 18-21(4)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:An important component of forest ecosystems in the southern Rocky Mountains is the belowground biomass associated with mature stands of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Information on root biomass is fundamental to understanding the dynamics of ecological systems and designing studies of those systems. Ponderosa pine trees from a stand in northern New Mexico were cut and their root systems excavated. Biomass of all roots > 0.6 cm in diameter and the belowground portion of the stump was determined on a dry-weight basis. A regression model was constructed using data on breast-height diameter and belowground stump and coarse-root biomass from 42 trees in the stand. Diameter at breast height ranged from 18.3 to 67.6 cm, and belowground biomass ranged from 3 to 576 kg. West. J. Appl. For. 16(1):18–21.
Keywords: Root biomass; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; ponderosa pine; regression models
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Affiliations: 1: Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80523 2: USDA Forest Service, Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Juneau, AK, 99801-8545
Publication date: 2001-01-01
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