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Forestry Studies in China

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 323–326 | Cite as

Determination of fiber length and juvenile and mature wood zones in Acer velutinum Boiss. trees grown in Iran

  • Majid KiaeiEmail author
  • Reza Bakhshi
  • Samane Veylaki
Short Communication

Abstract

In our investigation we studied fiber lengths and the transition age from juvenile to mature wood in Acer velutinum Boiss. For this purpose, samples from three normal maple trees at a Noshahr site in northern Iran were selected. Disks were cut at breast height. Test samples were taken along a radial direction from the pith to the bark, accounting for every ring during a 48-year period. We used the Franklin method to distinguish between fibers of juvenile and mature wood. The results show that the fiber length increased along the radial direction from the pith to the bark. The transition age between juvenile and mature wood was determined at the 14th annual ring from the pith.

Key words

Acer velutinum Boiss. transition age juvenile wood mature wood fiber length 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Wood and Paper Science and Technology, Chaloos BranchIslamic Azad UniversityChaloosIran

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