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Forests 2018, 9(7), 378;

Quality Testing of Short Rotation Coppice Willow Cuttings

Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 5D, 51006 Tartu, Estonia
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Received: 29 April 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 20 June 2018 / Published: 23 June 2018
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The production and feasibility of Short Rotation Coppice depend on cutting early performance. The shoot and root biomass production of Salix cuttings in hydroponic conditions was studied. The amount of sprouted biomass after four weeks of growth depended on cutting the diameter, but the original position of the cutting along the rod or number of visible buds was not in correlation with biomass produced. Application of mineral fertilizer or soil originating from the willow plantation did not increase the total production. On the contrary, the addition of soil tended to decrease biomass production and we assumed this was a result of a shortage of light. Under the influence of fertilization, plants allocated greater biomass to roots. Comparison of different clones revealed that those with S. dasyclados genes tended to allocate less biomass to roots and the poorest-performing clone in our experiment, also had the lowest wood production in the plantation. The number of visible buds on the cutting was also clone-specific. View Full-Text
Keywords: clone selection; cutting size; cutting sprouting; production; short rotation coppice; willow clone selection; cutting size; cutting sprouting; production; short rotation coppice; willow

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