NordGen Forest Conference 2016 - selected topics
Tree species mixing can increase stand productivity
Mixed stands are on the advance as they can provide many ecological and social ecosystem functions and services. In addition they can be even more productive and more economic than mono-specific stands.
- Species mixing can considerably increase the growth rates and the stand carrying capacity of forests, Hans Pretzsch from the Technical University in Munich stated at the NordGen Forest Conference 2016 in VÃ¤xjÃ¶, Sweden.
Stand density, standing volume and yield level are more affected by mixing than mean stand height or diameter. The considerable increase in structural heterogeneity can mean higher stand stability, resilience and habitat diversity. Tree species mixing can significantly modify individual tree morphology and reduce or improve wood quality, Pretzsch concluded.
At the NordGen Forest Conference "Growing Mixed Forests - waste or value for the future?", Hans Pretzsch held a presentation with the following topics related to mixed forest stands: