Growth response of Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani) plantations to thinning intensity in Western Turkey

Carus S., Catal Y.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY, vol.31, no.5, pp.609-614, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-614
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents the growth response of 25 yr old Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich.) plantation to thinnings of different intensities in Isparta in western Turkey The thinning intensity was measured by using the residual basal area (%) as parameter In spring of 2005, three treatments were tested; light, moderate and heavy thinning with respectively 10, 25 and 35% of basal area removed. The statistical design of the experiment was a randomized incomplete block with two blocks and three treatments. Variables such as diameter at breast height (diameter) and height were measured. Growth rate ratios of diameter in moderately thinned and heavily thinned stands were 1.02 and 1.03, respectively Basal area growth rates in moderately thinned and heavily thinned plots were 0.93 and 1.05, respectively The largest values for the mean tree were observed with the heaviest thinning treatment. Absolute diameter increment was positively correlated with initial diameter in all plots. Relative diameter growth was negatively correlated with initial diameter Growth rate interpretations were supported by analysis of variance using Duncan's test of range multiple. The results obtained show significant differences between treatments for tree height growth, for the two inventories carried out (2005, 2008). However, diameter basal area and volume were no found between treatments for tree.