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Abstract

Fuelwood quality of promising tree species for alkaline soil sites in relation to tree age.

Abstract

The fuelwood quality of 5 multipurpose tree species suitable for afforestation of alkaline soil sites was investigated in relation to tree age in order to establish appropriate harvest rotation cycles, based on results from trials set up in 1982 and 1987 at the Biomass Research Centre at Banthra, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Prosopis juliflora and Acacia nilotica were found to be the most suitable species for short rotation fuelwood forestry programmes because of their high wood density, biomass yield, low ash and moisture content, and good heat of combustion at the juvenile stage. The performance of the other 3 species trialled (Acacia auriculiformis, Terminalia arjuna and Sesbania formosa) is discussed.