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Suitability of Eucalyptus grandis and E. microcorys as windbreak species in tropical northern Australia

Sun, D. and Dickinson, G. R. (1996) Suitability of Eucalyptus grandis and E. microcorys as windbreak species in tropical northern Australia. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 8 (4). pp. 532-541. ISSN 01281283 (ISSN)


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A study was conducted on the Atherton Tablelands of tropical north Australia to compare the suitability of Eucalyptus grandis and E. microcorys for forming windbreaks. Wind speed was measured at various distances from the leeward side of each of the E. grandis and E. microcorys windbreaks, both 13 years old and consisting of five rows of trees. The species were measured for their height, diameter at breast height (DBH), crown length (between the rows) and width (along the row), number of branches per tree, bole length (height to the lowest branch) and windbreak porosity. The E. microcorys windbreak had a uniform porosity both vertically and horizontally while the E. grandis windbreak had uneven porosity with some obvious gaps at the base (up to 8 m from the ground). E. grandis was significantly taller and longer in bole length but lower in number of branches per tree than E. microcorys at age 13 years. Wind speed was reduced more by the E. microcorys windbreak than by the E. grandis windbreak. E. microcorys appears to be a suitable species for windbreaks whereas E. grandis does not.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Eucalyptus grandis Eucalyptus microcorys Tree growth Tropical north Australia Wind speed Windbreaks wind velocity windbreak Australia, Queensland, Atherton Tablelands Myrtaceae
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Forestry > Conservation and protection
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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