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Biomass equations for tropical forest tree species in Mozambique

Mate, Rosta and Johansson, Tord and Almeida, Samuel S. (2014). Biomass equations for tropical forest tree species in Mozambique. Forests. 5:3, 535-556
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f5030535

Abstract

Chanfuta (Afzelia quanzensis Welw.), Jambire (Millettia stuhlmannii Taub.) and Umbila (Pterocarpus angolensis D.C.) are, among others, three of the main tropical tree species producing commercial timber in Mozambique. The present study employed destructive biomass estimation methods at three localities in Mozambique (Inhaminga, Mavume, and Tome) to acquire data on the mean diameter at breast height (DBH), and height of trees sampled in 21 stands each of Chanfuta and Jambire, and 15 stands of Umbila. Mean diameter at breast height (DBH) (ob) for Chanfuta, Jambire, and Umbila was: 33.8 ± 12.6 (range 13.5–61.1), 33.4 ± 7.4 (range 21.0–52.2), and 27.0 ± 9.5 (range 14.0–46.5) cm. The mean total values for biomass (kg) of trees of Chanfuta, Jambire, and Umbila trees were 864, 1016, and 321 respectively. The mean percentages of total tree biomass as stem, branch and leaf respectively were 54, 43, and 3 for Chanfuta; 77, 22, and 1 for Jambire; and 46, 51, and 3 for Umbila. The best fit species-specific equation for estimating total above ground biomass (AGB) was the power equation with only DBH considered as independent variable yielding coefficient of determination (R2) ranging from 0.89 to 0.97. At stand level, a total mean of 27.3 tons ha−1 biomass was determined of which studied species represented 94.6%. At plot level, total mean biomass for Jambire was 11.8 tons ha−1, Chanfuta and Umbila 9.9 and 4.1 tons ha−1 respectively. The developed power equation fitted total and stem biomass data well and could be used for biomass prediction of the studied species in Mozambique.

Authors/Creators:Mate, Rosta and Johansson, Tord and Almeida, Samuel S.
Title:Biomass equations for tropical forest tree species in Mozambique
Series/Journal:Forests (1999-4907)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:5
Number:3
Page range:535-556
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1999-4907
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:tropical forests, timber trees, biomass, density, species differences
Keywords:Afzelia quanzensis, biomass, basic density, Chanfuta, Jambire, Millettia stuhlmannii, Miombo woodlands, Pterocarpus angolensis, species - specific, Umbila
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2044
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2044
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DOI10.3390/f5030535
ID Code:11396
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:15 Aug 2014 11:09
Metadata Last Modified:20 Feb 2016 09:23

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