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MARTINS, Fabrina Bolzan; SOARES, Carlos Pedro Boechat  e  SILVA, Gilson Fernandes da. Individual tree growth models for eucalyptus in northern Brazil. Sci. agric. (Piracicaba, Braz.) [online]. 2014, vol.71, n.3, pp.212-225. ISSN 1678-992X.

The diameter and height growth model is one of three submodels used for simulating individual tree growth. In Brazil, there are few studies on the dimensional growth of individual trees be they native or exotic species, despite their potential. This study aimed to evaluate diameter and height growth models for individual trees for eucalyptus stands and to validate the best fitting model. Tree diameter and height data were obtained from 48 permanent plots of unthinned stands of Eucalyptus grandis × Eucalyptus urophylla hybrid located in northern Brazil. The evaluation of the diameter and height growth models was based on adjusted coefficient of determination, standard error of estimate as a percentage, trend, root mean square error and Akaike Information Criterion. Analysis also included distribution of residual percentage, statistical significance and signs of the coefficients. The Lundqvist-Korf model provided the most accurate estimates for diameter and height growth, in comparison with the other models, providing better statistical values, greater proximity to observed values and better distribution of residual percentages. The use of this type of model is feasible and can result in significant improvements in the accuracy of yield estimates.

Palavras-chave : growth and yield models; forest growth prediction; tree-level models.

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