T-Stor >
Crops, Environment & Land Use Programme >
Forestry >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/593

Title: Alley coppice—a new system with ancient roots
Authors: Morhart, Christopher D.
Douglas, Gerry C.
Dupraz, Christian
Graves, Anil R.
Nahm, Michael
Paris, Perluigi
Sauter, Udo H.
Sheppard, Jonathan
Spiecker, Heinrich
Keywords: High-value timber production
Short-rotation coppice
Alley cropping
Coppice with standards
Issue Date: May-2014
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Christopher D. Morhart, Gerry C. Douglas, Christian Dupraz, Anil R. Graves, Michael Nahm, Pierluigi Paris, Udo H. Sauter, Jonathan Sheppard, Heinrich Spiecker. Alley coppice — a new system with ancient roots. Annals of Forest Science, 2014, 71(5), 527-542. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-014-0373-5
Series/Report no.: Annals of Forest Science;vol 71
Abstract: Context: Current production from natural forests will not satisfy future world demand for timber and fuel wood, and new land management options are required. Aims: We explore an innovative production system that combines the production of short rotation coppice in wide alleys with the production of high-value trees on narrow strips of land; it is an alternative form of alley cropping which we propose to call ‘alley coppice’. The aim is to describe this alley coppice system and to illustrate its potential for producing two diverse products, namely high-value timber and energy wood on the same land unit. Methods: Based on a comprehensive literature review, we compare the advantages and disadvantages of the alley coppice system and contrast the features with well-known existing or past systems of biomass and wood production. Results: We describe and discuss the basic aspects of alley coppice, its design and dynamics, the processes of competition and facilitation, issues of ecology, and areas that are open for future research. Conclusion: Based on existing knowledge, a solid foundation for the implementation of alley coppice on suitable land is presented, and the high potential of this system could be shown.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/593
ISSN: 1286-4560
Appears in Collections:Forestry

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
AlleyCoppice Annals of Forest Science.pdf655.52 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

View Statistics

Items in T-Stor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


Valid XHTML 1.0! Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority  2012  - Feedback