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Allometric relationships for predicting the stem volume in a Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. plantation in Bangladesh

NI Khan (1-2)   , O Faruque (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 3, Issue 6, Pages 153-158 (2010)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0554-003
Published: Nov 15, 2010 - Copyright © 2010 SISEF

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Allometric relationships for estimating stem volumes of Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. (Sissoo) trees were investigated in monoculture plantations in Bangladesh. The various allometric relationships between stem volume and different dimensions were tested and the coefficient of determination R2 values were used to compare the strength of the relationships. Although the allometric equations were highly significant (P<0.01) there was considerable variation among them as indicated by the R2 values. Our results suggested that tree volume is more correlated with basal area than with simple D (stem diameter at 1.3 m height above the ground). The allometric relationships of stem volume to the tree diameter at 10% of tree height (D0.1) did not improve the allometric strength in comparison with simple D as reported in case of some other tree species. The multiplication of tree height H with D in the allometric equation gives a little improvement in the degree of fitness of the allometric equations. However, for the Sissoo plantations studied the stem dbh alone showed a very strong accuracy of estimation (R2 = 0.997) especially when used as D2. It is concluded that the use of tree height in the allometric equation can be neglected for the species, as far as the present study area is concerned. Therefore, for estimating the stem volume of Sissoo, the use of D2 as an independent variable in the allometric equation with a linear or quadratic equation is recommended. The paper describes details of tree volume allometry, which is important in silviculture and forest management.


Allometry, Monoculture plantation, Regression, Rosewood, Sissoo, Stem volume

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NI Khan
Department Forest Biometry and Systems Analysis, Institute of Forest Growth and Forest Computer Sciences, TU Dresden, P.O. Box 1117, D-01735 Tharandt (Germany)
NI Khan
O Faruque
Forestry and Wood Technology Discipline, Khulna University, 9208 Khulna (Bangladesh)

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Khan NI, Faruque O (2010). Allometric relationships for predicting the stem volume in a Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. plantation in Bangladesh. iForest 3: 153-158. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0554-003

Paper history

Received: Mar 04, 2010
Accepted: Oct 01, 2010

First online: Nov 15, 2010
Publication Date: Nov 15, 2010
Publication Time: 1.50 months

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