Journal of Forestry Research (J Forest Res)

Publisher: Dongbei lin ye da xue (China); Ecological Society of China, Springer Verlag

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The Journal of Forestry Research offers articles dealing with all aspects of forestry. It is primarily a medium for reporting original theoretical and experimental research, as well as technical reviews. Approximately 85 per cent of the papers published in the journal are by Chinese scientists, professors and doctoral degree students; the balance are contributed by researchers in other countries. Through 16 years of development and improvement, the Journal of Forestry Research has earned a reputation as an important international academic journal.

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Website Journal of Forestry Research website
Other titles Journal of forestry research (Online), Ecosystem management, Lin ye yan jiu, JFR
ISSN 1007-662X
OCLC 67617801
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
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    ABSTRACT: Early flowering and flower abundance have long been considered desirables traits in eucalypt breeding programs. In particular, flowers of Eucalyptus cladocalyx provide a nectar source for the production of honey in arid ecosystems. The aim of this study was to identify inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers that are associated with early flowering and flower abundance in southern Atacama Desert. The associations were determined using a sample of forty-seven trees, representing five Australian provenances of E. cladocalyx. The unified mixed linear model (which takes into consideration the effect of genetic structure and the kinship relationship among trees) revealed three loci that were significantly associated with early flowering accounted for 10-16% of the phenotypic variation, while two loci accounted for 11-13% in flowering intensity. The locus ISO1–500 bp was associated with both flowering traits. This result is consistent with our previous findings indicating that marker assisted selection on early flowering would have significant and positive impact on flowering intensity. The application of marker-assisted selection to identify the trees that flower early and intensively may increase honey production, a resource that generates additional income for the local farmers of southern Atacama Desert.
    Journal of Forestry Research 08/2015; 26(3).
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    ABSTRACT: There is widespread interest in estimating and forecasting individual tree and forest growth rates for restoration and carbon sequestration objectives. Outside intensively managed forests, past attempts have been limited by the lack of accurate long-term monitoring in multi-age mixed native forests to provide estimates of both expected mean diameter increments and the statistical variation in those estimates. A dataset from Eucalyptus dominated native forests in subtropical Queensland, Australia offers an opportunity to provide accurate estimates of tree and forest growth rates. Over 86,400 trees from 155 native species were identified and remeasured between 1936 and 2011 in 641 permanent sample plots across a 600 to 2000 mm mean annual rainfall gradient. Individual tree diameter at breast height (dbh) increments observed for all species ranged mainly from 0.01 to 0.5 cm yr-1 (94% of values), with consistent differences between rainfall zone (mean of 600 to 2000 mm yr-1), and varying differences between species (155) and stem diameter class (10 to 100 cm). For some species, diameter increment increased progressively with rainfall (examples Eucalyptus siderophloia Benth., Eucalyptus propinqua H.Deane & Maiden and Lophostemon confertus (R.Br.) Peter G.Wilson & J.T.Waterh.), but in others (examples Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata, Corymbia intermedia and Eucalyptus biturbinata L.A.S.Johnson & K.D.Hill) the greatest diameter increments were recorded between 1200 and 1600 mm yr-1. Where there were sufficient data, most species exhibited a quadratic relationship between dbh increment and dbh class, but two species native to the 600-800 mm annual rainfall zone (Callitris glaucophylla Joy Thomps. & L.A.S.Johnson and Eucalyptus crebra F.Muell.) showed linear increases in dbh increment with increasing dbh. Continued monitoring of these plots would add to their already great value. The online version is available at
    Journal of Forestry Research 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0095-z
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    ABSTRACT: A critical first step in establishing biosphere reserves—under the Man and Biosphere Programme of UNESCO—is to generate baseline information for future courses of action. The present study aims to assess the structure and composition of forests—along with anthropogenic pressures mounting on these forests in the buffer zone of one such biosphere reserves—the Pachmarhi biosphere reserve of India. The quadrat method was employed for sampling vegetation, and information on anthropogenic pressures was collected by conducting interviews with local people and forest officials and collecting it from secondary sources. A total of 39 tree species were sampled in 82 quadrats; of these 26 tree species were in standing stage, 25 in sapling, and 35 in seedling. Chloroxylon swietenia emerged as the most dominant tree species having highest importance value index, followed by Tectona grandis, Terminalia tomentosa, and Hardwickia binata. Nine tree species and their saplings, including Sterculia urens and Terminalia arjuna, were exploited so badly that they were only found in the seedlings stage. The unavailability of standing trees of 12 important tree species including Aegle marmelos and Phyllanthus emblica indicates the intensity and gravity of anthropogenic pressures on these important tree species. If the present anthropogenic pressure continues, which has inhibited the regeneration of several tree species, then substantial negative ecological and societal consequences can be expected.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0083-3
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    ABSTRACT: Soil polarization in pure forest stands affects the stability and sustainable development of the ecosystem. The most effective approaches to the prevention of soil polarization may be the use of forage litter as fertilizer or the direct establishment of tree-grass communities. We investigated monospecific plantations of Populus simonii and Quercus liaotungensis. Such plantations have been established throughout the Loess Plateau of China. A 120-day decomposition incubation experiment with forest humus soil mixed with 7 common leguminous forage litter species was performed to study the uses of forage litter in controlling soil polarization in pure forests. The addition of forage litter of Astragalus adsurgens, Lespedeza bicolor, and Vicia villosa to the soil of pure P. simonii forest clearly improved the soil quality, these forage species are suitable for planting with P. simonii, whereas Melilotus officinalis, Medicago sativa, and Onobrychis viciifolia litter produced obvious deterioration, thus these forages should not be planted with P. simonii. Coronilla varia litter showed no significant influence. The addition of forage litter of M. sativa to the soil of pure Q. liaotungensis forest clearly improved the soil quality, and C. varia and V. villosa also yielded improvements but were slightly less effective than M. sativa litter, these forages are suitable to be planted with Q. liaotungensis. However, L. bicolor showed obvious deterioration, followed by O. viciifolia and A. adsurgens, and M. officinalis had no significant influence. These species should not be planted with Q. liaotungensis.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0082-4
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    ABSTRACT: We calculated a self-thinning exponent of 1.05 for tree mass using the 3/2 power equation in 93 Cunninghamia lanceolata plots. According to Weller’s allometric model, the self-thinning exponent for tree mass was calculated as 1.28 from the allometric exponents θ and δ. The both self-thinning exponents were significantly lower than 3/2. The self-thinning exponent of organs was estimated to be 1.42 for stems, 0.93 for branches, 0.96 for leaves, 1.35 for roots and 1.28 for shoots, respectively. The self-thinning exponent of stem mass was not significantly different from 3/2, whereas thinning exponents of trees, branches, leaves and roots were significantly lower than 3/2. The stand leaf mass and stand branch mass were constant regardless of the stand density. The scaling relations among branch, leaf, stem, root and shoot mass ( \( \overline{M}_{B} \) , \( \overline{M}_{L} \) , \( \overline{M}_{S} \) , \( \overline{M}_{R} \) and \( \overline{M}_{A} \) , respectively) showed that \( \overline{M}_{B} \) and \( \overline{M}_{L} \) scaled as the 3/4 power of \( \overline{M}_{S} \) , whereas \( \overline{M}_{S} \) or \( \overline{M}_{A} \) scaled isometrically with respect to \( \overline{M}_{R} \) .
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0059-3
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    ABSTRACT: We experimentally tested under radial compressive loads and statistically analyzed rings constructed from spruce wood and reinforced with glass fiber. We used the Weibull distribution in statistical analysis, and tested five types of rings including unreinforced and composite reinforced (CR) as wound around the ring, oriented as two layers at angles of 45°, 60°, 75° and 90° to the column axis. We calculated 95 % reliability of load carrying capacity of the rings by Weibull distribution. The highest load carrying capacity was obtained with CR rings at 60° to the axial axis of the ring. Load carrying capacities of rings at CR90, CR75, CR60 and CR45 were 137, 192, 215 and 126 % greater, respectively, than unreinforced rings. For unreinforced rings, failures resulted from catastrophic breaking of wood materials. None of the reinforced rings failed catastrophically because the outer surface of the rings was reinforced with glass-epoxy composite fiber. Cracks began at the core of the materials under the composite layer for all specimens and resulted in failure of the rings.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0057-5
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    ABSTRACT: Precautions against forest fires, a significant element in the prevention and reduction of natural disasters in China, are very important to the development of public emergency systems, as well as to the safety of forest resources, ecology, people’s lives and properties. The USA has extensive experience in forest fire management, which has been widely accepted and used by other countries. The precautions taken by China and the USA to prevent forest fires have been compared in a great number of previous studies. However, most of the studies have focused merely on fire extinguishing technologies and management methods; they have lacked a comparative study on the legal aspects of management. This paper will consider five distinct aspects related to forest fire management between China and the USA and will analyze the similarities and differences as well as study other features to facilitate work related to precautions against forest fires in China.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0067-3
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    ABSTRACT: We used paper mill sludge (PMS) to substitute for part of the wood fibers (WF) used to reinforce high density polyethylene (HDPE). The resulting composites were subjected to xenon-arc weathering. The composite filled with limited PMS (under 10 %) had mechanical properties and aging resistance similar to those without PMS. The composites containing more PMS faded and cracked more readily than those without PMS. Based on the carbonyl index, crystallinity, and wood index, PMS appeared to accelerate the degradation of composites during weathering. Adding PMS to WF–HDPE composites reduced the weathering resistance, and this reduction was not significant if the PMS content did not exceed 20 % of the wood fibers. Therefore, PMS could be used as a reinforcement in wood-plastic composites at levels less than 20 % of the wood fiber content.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2):509-515. DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0051-y
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    ABSTRACT: Wildfires in recent years have resulted in degradation and damage to the Hyrcanian forest ecosystems in Northern Iran. This study was carried out to investigate fire damage to trees and changes in regeneration in early-season growth after wildfires in the Golestan Province. For this purpose, a random sampling plan was used, with 60 circular plots (each plot is 1000 m2) for each stand and 240 circular (25 m2) plots for regeneration within the burned and unburned areas, respectively. In each plot, habitat factors were recorded, including crown canopy percentage, forest stratum, herb-layer cover percentage, species, diameter at breast height, tree and regeneration quality, and quantity of seedlings and saplings. Our results showed that bark is an important factor for fire resistance in Hyrcanian forests. The Persian ironwood and European yew has the highest and lowest fire resistance; as broad leave species are more resistant than needle leaf species. Density of regeneration in unburned area was higher than burned area, and statistical analysis showed significant differences for all species between two areas. Fire effects on sapling were different among species which indicates sapling has different resistance to fire. Forest floor fuel, season, stand composition and microclimate have more effects on fire severity while environmental factors, regeneration and management practices shaping future composition stands.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0046-8
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    ABSTRACT: The allelopathic potential of Rhus chinensis Mill on seedling growth of radish (Raphanus sativus L.), semen cassiae (seed of Cassia obtusifolia L.) and black soyabean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] was investigated under laboratory conditions. The water extracts of seed, leaf and bark of R. chinensis inhibited the germination and the growth of roots and shoots of radish, semen cassiae, and black soyabean. Significant increasing reductions in the germination and growth of roots and shoots were observed as the concentration of water extract increased in all bioassays. The order of allelopathic potentials of the three parts from R. chinensis plant on seed germination of these receptors was leaf > seed > bark. However, the inhibition of water extracts from R. chinensis seed on root activity of semen cassiae was more severe than from the other two parts. The allelopathic potential on the germination of radish was higher than that of black soyabean and semen cassiae. The integrated effect index for allelopathic potential of water extracts of leaf of R. chinensis on radish, semen cassiae and black soyabean seedling growth were −0.88, −0.93 and −0.98 respectively. The results suggested that it is important to minimize the negative allelopathic potential of R. chinensis in agroforestry systems, and to exploit this traditional Chinese medicinal tree for the production of natural bio-pesticides.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0041-0
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    ABSTRACT: Single sequence repeat (SSR) multiplexing is a semi high-throughput PCR methodology for the analysis of multiple SSRs. We developed two SSR multiplexes selected from SSR loci previously reported in the pine literature and tested the transferability of both SSR multiplexes in nine other pine species. We tested 234 nuclear SSR loci (nSSRs) previously described in the pine literature and selected ten nSSRs following the simple criteria of interpretability and reproducibility. Selected nuclear loci were divided into two nSSRs multiplex sets and their amplification was optimized for three different multiplex PCR methods based on: (a) a custom PCR protocol, (b) a custom protocol with hotstart taq polymerase, and (c) a commercially available kit for SSR multiplexing. To validate their performance, the level of genetic diversity was assessed in three Scots pine natural populations (Hungary, northern Sweden and southern Sweden). In addition, we also tested the transferability of these multiplexes in nine other pine species. We have developed two nSSRs multiplexes of five loci each that will contribute to reduce the costs of nSSR scoring, while increasing the capacity of nSSR loci analysis. Amplification was successful in all three populations (94 % success) and the level of polymorphism (7.1 alleles/marker) was similar to that previously reported for other Scots pine natural populations. Transferability of both multiplexes was successful for those pine species closely related to Scots pine.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0042-z
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    ABSTRACT: To characterize effects of plant roots on preferential flow (PF), we measured root length density (RLD) and root biomass (RB) in Jiufeng National Forest Park, Beijing, China. Comparisons were made for RLD and RB between soil preferential pathways and soil matrices. RLD and RB declined with the increasing soil depth (0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60 cm) in all experimental plots. RLD was greater in soil preferential pathways than in the surrounding soil matrix and was 69.5, 75.0 and 72.2 % for plant roots of diameter (d)
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0023-2
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was carried out at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. Nineteen clones of Eucalyptus spp. were evaluated for tolerance to gall wasp. The total number of galls per plant were recorded at 1 month after planting (MAP) and the number of galls per branch were recorded at 4 and 7 MAP. Gall wasp incidence (number of galls) was recorded on a whole plant basis during the seedling stage and the number of galls were recorded from the upper, middle and lower crown places at 4 and 7 MAP. Categorization was done on the basis of relative gall-wasp damage by keeping in view the total number of galls per plant and branch (leaves and petiole). No clone was found free from gall damage. Clones C-526, P-23 and P-103 were the least attacked by the gall wasp. Incidence as indicated by number of galls caused by Leptocybe invasa on eucalypts was higher in March than in December.
    Journal of Forestry Research 06/2015; 26(2). DOI:10.1007/s11676-015-0052-x