European white elm biomass production (Ulmus laevis Pall.) in high-density plantation

  • Jovana R Devetaković University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry
  • Nebojša Todorović PE Kolubara
  • Dragica Vilotić University of Belgrade - Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
  • Vladan Ivetić University of Belgrade - Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0587-1422

Abstract

This paper provides first report for European white elm potential for biomass production. High density plantation (71,428 seedlings ha-1) was established on spring 2012th near Belgrade from one-year-old seedlings, produced from seed. Weed control and irrigation was practiced only in the first growing season, without fertilization. In a three year rotation, European white elm plants in a high density plantation reach average height of 341.11 cm and average root collar diameter of 31.9 mm, with height increase of about 1 m, diameter increase of about 1 cm per year. At the end of three-years rotation total produced biomass was 90 odt ha-1, or 30 odt ha-1 year-1. Biomass production of European white elm is in range or higher compared to traditionally used species, indicating the need for further research on planting material, plant density and cultural practices.  

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Published
2018-07-10
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