Responses of Clonal Eucalypt Plantations to N, P and K Fertilizer Application in Different Edaphoclimatic Conditions
AbstractEucalypt plantations in Brazil have the highest mean productivity when compared to other producing countries, and fertilizer application is one of the main factors responsible for these productivities. Our aim was to identify appropriate rates of N, P and K in eucalypt plantations and their interactions with edaphoclimatic factors. Four trials with four rates and three nutrients (N, P and K) were set up. Each nutrient was studied separately, and the trees received sufficient rates of all of the other nutrients through fertilization, to avoid limitations not related to the desired nutrient. We assessed solid wood volume (SV), productivity gains (PG), leaf nutrient content and leaf area index (LAI) to determine the responses to fertilization. PG, regarding N, rates ranged from 104% to 127% at 60 months after planting. P fertilizer application led to gains in productivity in soils with levels of P-resin up to 5 mg·kg−1, but decreased with stand age. K fertilizer application responses increased within age in three sites. In Paulistania, responses to K application were close to zero. N and K responses were climate related. Leaf nutrient content and LAI were not able to predict the highest yields obtained. View Full-Text
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Melo, E.A.S.C.; Gonçalves, J.L.M.; Rocha, J.H.T.; Hakamada, R.E.; Bazani, J.H.; Wenzel, A.V.A.; Arthur, J.C., Jr.; Borges, J.S.; Malheiros, R.; Lemos, C.C.Z.; Ferreira, E.V.O.; Ferraz, A.V. Responses of Clonal Eucalypt Plantations to N, P and K Fertilizer Application in Different Edaphoclimatic Conditions. Forests 2016, 7, 2.
Melo EASC, Gonçalves JLM, Rocha JHT, Hakamada RE, Bazani JH, Wenzel AVA, Arthur JC, Jr, Borges JS, Malheiros R, Lemos CCZ, Ferreira EVO, Ferraz AV. Responses of Clonal Eucalypt Plantations to N, P and K Fertilizer Application in Different Edaphoclimatic Conditions. Forests. 2016; 7(1):2.Chicago/Turabian Style
Melo, Eduardo A.S.C.; Gonçalves, José L.M.; Rocha, José H.T.; Hakamada, Rodrigo E.; Bazani, José H.; Wenzel, Andrea V.A.; Arthur, José C., Jr.; Borges, Jarbas S.; Malheiros, Rogério; Lemos, Cristiane C.Z.; Ferreira, Eric V.O.; Ferraz, Alexandre V. 2016. "Responses of Clonal Eucalypt Plantations to N, P and K Fertilizer Application in Different Edaphoclimatic Conditions." Forests 7, no. 1: 2.
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