Man-made dipterocarp forest in Sumatra

TitleMan-made dipterocarp forest in Sumatra
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsTorquebiau, E
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Date PublishedJune 1994
Keywordsagroforestry; Dipterocarpaceae; reforestation; resin; Sumatra

Traditional plantations of Shorea javanica in southern Sumatra deserve mention on three main points:

  1. it is a rare case in Indonesia of successful cultivation of an indigenous species. This species being a Dipterocarp is an even more attractive reason: Dipterocarps are in the paradoxical situation of being the largest family of timber trees in natural forests of tropical Asia but are almost never used for silvicultural purposes;
  2. the tree is grown in association with many other useful trees to constitute an agroforestry system of both cash and subsistence incomes; and
  3. such plantations represent a good potential for the production of natural resin in the humid tropics.

This paper is a slightly revised version of an internal report prepared for BIOTROP (SEAMEO - ASEAN Center for Tropical Biology). The project has been funded by BIOTROP, while the author is a French consultant to that organization.

Journal Abbreviation

Agroforest Syst


0167-4366; 1572-9680

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