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Title: Comparison of Pinus taeda L. whole-tree wood property calibrations using diffuse reflectance near infrared spectra obtained using a variety of sampling options

Author: Jones, P. David; Schimleck, Laurence R.; Daniels, Richard F.; Clark, Alexander III; Purnell, Robert C.;

Date: 2008

Source: Wood Science and Technology 42(5):385-400

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: A necessary objective for tree-breeding programs, with a focus on wood quality, is the measurement of wood properties on a whole-tree basis, however, the time and cost involved limits the numbers of trees sampled. Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy provides an alternative and recently, it has been demonstrated that calibrations based on milled increment cores and whole-tree data can provide good estimates of whole-tree properties. Several options exist for sampling standing trees and the aim of this study was to compare wood property calibrations based on NIR spectra collected from samples obtained using different sampling methods. Calibrations for whole-tree lignin and basic specific gravity based on NIR spectra from whole-tree chips (milled or intact) had the strongest statistics, calibrations based on NIR spectra from milled increment cores were similar. Other options for sampling the tree (drill shavings, etc.) gave errors that were too large for practical applications. If an increment core is going to be used to estimate whole-tree properties, it is recommended that it be dried and milled prior to analysis.

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Jones, P. David; Schimleck, Laurence R.; Daniels, Richard F.; Clark III, Alexander; Purnell, Robert C. 2008. Comparison of Pinus taeda L. whole-tree wood property calibrations using diffuse reflectance near infrared spectra obtained using a variety of sampling options. Wood Science and Technology 42(5):385-400.

 


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