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The status and use of tree biomass in a semi-arid village ecosystem

Ravindranath, NH and Nayak, Mohan M and Hiriyur, RS and Dinesh, CR (1991) The status and use of tree biomass in a semi-arid village ecosystem. In: Biomass and Bioenergy, 1 (1). pp. 9-16.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0961-9534(91)90047-G


The status of the tree biomass resource was investigated in Ungra, a semi-arid village ecosystem in South India. There were 57 tree species with 12 trees capita−1 and 35 trees ha−1. Multiple benefit yielding local tree species dominated the village ecosystem, while fuel only or single end use trees accounted for a small proportion of trees. The standing tree biomass is adequate to meet the requirement of biomass fuels for cooking only for about two years. Village tree biomass is presently being depleted largely for export to urban areas. Tree regeneration is now characterized by transformation from multiple-use local tree species to a few single-use species. A large potential exists for tree biomass production along field boundaries (bunds), stream banks and roadsides. Biomass estimation equations were developed for 10 species.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Biomass and Bioenergy
Publisher: Elsevier science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier science.
Keywords: Village tree diversity;standing biomass;tree depletion;tree regeneration;fuelwood;India;biomass equations.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 06:14
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2018 08:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34267

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