BIOMASS YIELD AND CALOROFIC VALUE OF SIX CLONAL STANDS OF Eucalyptus urophylla S. T. Blake CULTIVATED IN NORTHEASTERN BRAZIL

Main Article Content

Thiago Cavalcante Gomes Ribeiro de Andrade Nairam Félix de Barros Luiz Eduardo Dias Maria Inês Ramos Azevedo

Abstract

The worldwide demand for clean, sustainable energy has increased in recent years. A potential alternative energy source is biomass from nonnative forests, particularly from the genus Eucalyptus spp. in the specific case of Brazil, currently with several selected clonal stands for energy production. Because each stand adapts differently to different environments, specific studies are required in order to evaluate energy production in a given region. The objective of this study is to determine, from among six clonal stands of Eucalyptus urophylla S. T. Blake, which have greater potential for production of biomass and energy in the South Central region of Maranhão (Grajaú). Clonal stands planted at a spacing of 4 x 3 m apart were evaluated at age 41 months, distributed in a completely randomized design with five replicates. Each experimental plot consisted of 100 trees. Analysis included determining biomass yield and distribution in each tree portion as well as calorific value of bark and wood components. Out of the six clonal stands, two outdid the others both in biomass yield and in energy generation, surpassing the least yielding stand by up to 27%.

Article Details

How to Cite
ANDRADE, Thiago Cavalcante Gomes Ribeiro de et al. BIOMASS YIELD AND CALOROFIC VALUE OF SIX CLONAL STANDS OF Eucalyptus urophylla S. T. Blake CULTIVATED IN NORTHEASTERN BRAZIL. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 3, p. 467-472, apr. 2016. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/926>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2019.
Keywords
Bioenergy, reforestation, wood energy.
Section
Article