5.01.08 - Understanding wood variability


Crown structure as cause and effect in modeling tree growth, form, and wood quality

Technical Session C4d at the XXV IUFRO World Congress;
Curitiba, Brazil; 29 September - 5 October 2019.

Co-organizers: Doug Maguire (Oregon State University); Peter Newton (Natural Resources Canada)

Sponsors: 4.01.02 - Growth models for Tree and Stand Simulation; 5.01.08 - Understanding wood variability   

Crown attributes are key physiological determinants of tree growth which respond readily to silvicultural manipulations and mediate many aspects of stem allometry and stand structure, in turn dynamically influencing wood production, wood quality, and many other ecosystem services. Topics will cover mechanisms by which thinning, fertilization, and genetic manipulation influence crown structure; corresponding linkages to light capture, vertical distribution of stem increment, wind loading/damage, and micro- and macroanatomy of wood; and development of associated modelling solutions for quantifying these cause-and-effect loops. The session aims to integrate interactive responses and influences of crown structure at numerous levels through state-of-the-art multidisciplinary presentations.