2018, Vol. 5 Issue 3, Part B
Understanding poplars: Silviculture, distribution and pest management
Author(s): Tahir Mushtaq, Rakesh Banyal, Tehmeena Mushtaq and Aziz M Mujtaba
Abstract: Poplars are one of the fast growing industrial softwoods, which can be raised easily along with agricultural crops. The soft, attractive, strong and easily workable wood of poplar is suitable for manufacturing of matches, furniture, pacing cases, plywood, sports goods, pulp and paper. Availability of raw material in the form of softwood is fast decreasing in most countries of the world. The poplars have the potential for narrowing down the gap between demand and supply of wood. Poplars are generally raised by vegetative means using cuttings. Poplars are fast growing trees; they recycle nutrients fast due to their shedding of a large quantity of leaves which decompose early. Poplar timber is being used for making apple boxes, interior wood work, beams, poles, and fuel wood. Poplar is one of the few forest species which is considered ideal for successful inter cultivation with agricultural crops. Poplars are known for their fast growth, easy vegetative propagation and enriching the soil with litter, and provide high production (10-30 M3/hectare/ year) on a short rotation of 8-12 years. Melamspsora rust pathogens and Gypsonoma species are known to attack poplars throughout the world causing serious losses in nurseries as well as in plantations. Apriona cinerea (poplar stem borer) cause damage to the wood. These pests must be controlled to reduce loss of economy.
Pages: 100-104 | 330 Views 7 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Tahir Mushtaq, Rakesh Banyal, Tehmeena Mushtaq and Aziz M Mujtaba. Understanding poplars: Silviculture, distribution and pest management. International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies. 2018; 5(3): 100-104.