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Root wood strength deterioration in radiata pine pinus radiata after clear felling

O'loughlin C.; Watson, A.

New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 9(3): 284-293


ISSN/ISBN: 0048-0134
Accession: 006356684

The tensile wood strength (kPa) of small roots of P. radiata D. Don (radiata pine) sampled from living trees and from stumps cut 3, 9, 14 and 29 mo. prior to sampling, was examined. Mean live root-wood strength was 17,600 kPa which is considerably less than the wood strengths of similar-sized roots from other species studied overseas. Mean root-wood tensile strength declined in an exponential manner after felling of the parent trees. Calculated time to half strength was only 14 mo.

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