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SILVA, Roseana Pereira da et al. Use of metallic dendrometers for individual diameter growth patterns of trees at Cuieiras River basin. Acta Amaz. [online]. 2003, vol.33, n.1, pp.67-84. ISSN 0044-5967.

This study dealt with the analysis of individual growth pattern for about 300 trees distributed over two transects (East-West and North-South) measuring 20 by 2500 m, which were stratified by plateau, slope and "baixio", and three diameter at breast height (dbh) classes (10≤dbh<30 cm; 30≤dbh<50 cm e dbh≥50 cm). In each tree a metal "dendrometer" band was fixed to the trunk and growth in circumference was measured with a digital caliper. Measurements were carried out for 19 months, from June/1999 to December/2000; for this study only 12 months of year 2000 were considered. Individual growth pattern varied significantly over time (p = 0,00), and slightly (p = 0,08) when the interaction months and dbh classes was included; on the other hand, the signal is very weak (p = 0,25) when topographical classes were added to the later interaction, and no signal at all (p = 0,89) when the interaction between months and topographical classes were analyzed. Mean annual increment in diameter considering all 272 monitored trees was 1,64 ± 0,21 mm yr-1 (p = 0,05), falling within the interval estimated for BIONTE and Tapajós National Forest which are 1,5 and 2 mm per year, respectively.

Keywords : Amazon forest; increment; forest management.

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