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FERREIRA, Willian José et al. Allometric Equations for the Estimation of Jatropha Curcas Biomass. Floresta Ambient. [online]. 2015, vol.22, n.4, pp.494-502.  Epub Aug 25, 2015. ISSN 1415-0980.

This paper describes the estimation of biomass and carbon stock in Jatropha crops in the Vale do Paraíba region, Brazil, using allometric equations developed based on regression analysis which considered the biomass as a variable dependent on easily obtainable dendrometric measurements. The biomass estimated using allometric equations was validated by the destructive direct method based on the cutting of trees of different heights and structures. When compared with other models, the linear equation Y = 1.3 (h²d), where Y is the biomass (kg), h is the height (m), and d is the crown projection (m) showed reliable results and no significant errors to estimate trees up to 3.2 m tall. For the 4 × 3 m plant spacing, result evaluations showed that the stock of dry matter ranged from 0.5 to 6 Mg ha–1, while the carbon stored in the area could reach 3 Mg C ha–1.

Keywords : Jatropha; bioenergy; clean development mechanism.

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