Alley coppice—a new system with ancient roots

Morthart, et al. (2014) Alley coppice—a new system with ancient roots: Annals of Forest Science (2014) 71:527–542 Abstract Context : Current production from natural forests will not satisfy future world demand for timber and fuel wood, and new land management options are required. Aims : We explore an innovative production system that combines the production of short rotation coppice in wide alleys with the production of high-value trees on narrow strips of land; it is an alternative form of alley cropping which we propose to call ‘alley coppice’. The aim is to describe this alley coppice system and to illustrate its potential for produc- ing two diverse products, namely high-value timber and ener- gy wood on the same land unit. Methods : Based on a comprehensive literature review, we compare the advantages and disadvantages of the alley cop- pice system and contrast the features with well-known existing or past systems of biomass and wood production. Results : We describe and discuss the basic aspects of alley coppice, its design and dynamics, the processes of competi- tion and facilitation, issues of ecology, and areas that are open for future research. Conclusion : Based on existing knowledge, a solid founda- tion for the implementation of alley coppice on suitable land is presented, and the high potential of this system could be shown.


Author: 
Morhart, D. M. et al.

Publisher: 
Springer Paris

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Date Published: 
2014

ISBN Number: 
DOI 10.1007/s13595-014-0373-5

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