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Doing Business As Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Thomas R Fox
  • (540) 231-8862
  • Harold E Burkhart
Award Date:08/29/2007
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 350,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 357,200
  • FY 2007=$140,000
  • FY 2010=$70,000
  • FY 2009=$77,200
  • FY 2011=$70,000
Start Date:09/01/2007
End Date:08/31/2013
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:490100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: Center for Advanced Forestry Systems
Federal Award ID Number:0736340
DUNS ID:003137015
Parent DUNS ID:003137015
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

The expanded Industry/University Cooperative Research center for Advanced Forestry Systems will link four of the top forestry research programs in the US, and will expand the current Center for Tree Genetics to build on the strengths of the research programs to create a multi-university, interdisciplinary I/UCRC that will solve industry-wide problems through multi-faceted approaches. Researchers will approach questions on multiple scales, including the molecular, cellular, individual-tree, stand, and ecosystem. The research conducted by the center will increase the competitiveness of forest products industries and forest landowners by solving problems on multiple temporal and spatial scales and determining fundamental solutions that transcend traditional species, regional, and disciplinary boundaries.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Zerpa, J. L. and T.R. Fox "Controls of Volatile NH3 losses from loblolly pine plantations fertilized with urea in the Southeast US." Soil Science Society of America Journal, v.75, 2011, p.257.

Stovall, J. L., C.A. Carlson, J.R. Seiler, T.R. Fox, and M.A. Yanez. "Growth and stem quality responses to fertilizer applications by 21 loblolly pine clones in the Virginia Piedmont" Forest Ecology and Managment, v.. 261., 2011, p.362.

Fox, TR; Jokela, EJ; Allen, HL "The development of pine plantation silviculture in the southern United States" JOURNAL OF FORESTRY, v.105, 2007, p.337. View record at Web of Science

Vickers, L.A., T.R. Fox, J.L. Stape, and T.J. Albaugh. "Silviculture of varietal loblolly pine plantations: Second year impacts of spacing and silvicultural treatments on varieties with differing crown ideotypes" Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference. Southern Research Station e-General Technical Report SRS-156, v., 2012, p..

Stovall, J.P., J.R. Seiler, and T.R. Fox. "Respiratory C fluxes and root exudation differ in two full-sib clones of Pinus taeda (L.) under contrasting fertilizer regimes. ." Plant and Soil, v.363, 2013, p.257.

Albaugh, J.M.; Blevins, L.; Allen, H.L.; Albaugh, T.M.; Fox, T.R.; Stape, J.L.; adn Rubilar, R.A. "Characterization of foliar macro- and micronutrient concentrations and ratios in loblolly pine plantations in the southeastern United States" Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, v.34, 2010, p.53.

Carlson, C.A., T.R. Fox, H.L. Allen, T.A. Albaugh, J.L. Stape, and R.P. Rubilar. "Growth responses of loblolly pine in the Southeast United States to midrotation applications of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients." Forest Science, v.60, 2014, p.157.

Albaugh, TJ; Allen, HL; Stape, JL; Fox, TR; Rubilar, RA; Carlson, CA; Pezzutti, R "Leaf area duration in natural range and exotic Pinus taeda" CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH-REVUE CANADIENNE DE RECHERCHE FORESTIERE, v.40, 2010, p.224. doi:10.1139/X09-19  View record at Web of Science

Campoe, O.C., J.L. Stape, T. J. Albaugh, H. L. Allen, T.R. Fox, R. Rubilar, and D. Binkley. "Fertilization and irrigation effects on tree level aboveground net primary production, light interception and light use efficiency in a loblolly pine plantation." Forest Ecology and Management, v.288:, 2013, p.43-.

Project Outcomes Report


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There are 215 million acres of forestland in the southern United States including 32 million acres of pine plantations. These forests are vital to the ecological, social, and economic health of the U.S.  Forests provide clean water and oxygen, sequester substantial amounts of carbon, contribute to biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and provide spiritual and recreational opportunities for an increasingly urban population. Wood is a major economic commodity serving as the rwa material for lumber, panels, pulp and paper, and increasingly as a feedstock for bioenergy and biofuels.  Mantaining a viable wood based industry that is the economic backbone of the South while balancig the competing non-commodity demands placed on the forests is a fundamental issue facing society in the 21st century.

Varietal forestry has been propopsed as on way to significantly increase productivty of plantation forestry. Significant gains in tree growth, wood properties, insect and disease resistance can be achieved through these advanced methods of genetic improvment. Clonal forestry uses vegetative propagation to mass produce identical copies of selected individual trees with wood properties optimized to rpodice pulp, sawtimber of biomass.

This research project has established field trials of clonal loblolly pine in Virginia, North Carolina and Brazil. At each site we are evaluating 6 different clones that are managed under two different levels of forest management. The trees are planted at three spacing designed to optimize production of biomass, pulpwood or sawtimber.

The results to date indicate that there are large differences in growth among the clones, silvicultural treatmetns and locations. However, the differences are not due to differences in the rate of photosynthesis, which are almost the same in all the clones, treatments and locations.   The differences in growth are more closely related to the amount of available nitrogen in the soil that enables the trees to produce large canopies and this grow faster.

Last Modified: 12/29/2013
Modified by: Thomas R Fox

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