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Timber production from Scots pine forests in Great Britain is forecast to increase over the next 15 years. This Research Note presents the results of a project to develop and test methods for assessing the quality of Scots pine timber from measurements on trees and logs. Six stands of Scots pine growing in the north of Scotland were studied to evaluate the potential of different non-destructive assessment methods (stem straightness score, various branch indices, and portable acoustic tools) for predicting log grade out-turn, sawn timber appearance grade and mechanical properties.


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Tree breeding
Publication type
Research Note
Publication owner
Forestry Commission