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Dendrometer bands made easy: using modified cable ties to measure incremental growth of trees

Applications in Plant Science

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DOI: 10.3732/apps.1300044

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Abstract

Dendrometer bands are a useful way to make sequential repeated measurements of tree growth, but traditional dendrometer bands can be expensive, time consuming, and difficult to construct in the field. An alternative to the traditional method of band construction is to adapt commercially available materials. This paper describes how to construct and install dendrometer bands using smooth-edged, stainless steel, cable tie banding and attachable rollerball heads. As a performance comparison, both traditional and cable tie dendrometer bands were installed on baldcypress trees at the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, by both an experienced and a novice worker. Band installation times were recorded, and growth of the trees as estimated by the two band types was measured after approximately one year, demonstrating equivalence of the two methods. This efficient approach to dendrometer band construction can help advance the knowledge of long-term tree growth in ecological studies.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Dendrometer bands made easy: using modified cable ties to measure incremental growth of trees
Series title:
Applications in Plant Science
DOI:
10.3732/apps.1300044
Volume
1
Issue:
9
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Botanical Society of America
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Applications in Plant Science
Number of Pages:
5
Country:
United States
State:
Louisiana
City:
Lafayette