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Allometric relationships for volume and biomass for stone pine (Pinus pinea L.) in Italian coastal stands

Andrea Cutini, Francesco Chianucci   , Maria Chiara Manetti

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 331-335 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0941-006
Published: Aug 29, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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Tree biomass plays a key role in sustainable forest management and in determining forest carbon stocks. Accurate estimates based on species-specific empirical data are necessary for regional and national inventories and forest carbon management. In this study, we obtained allometric relationships for volume and aboveground biomass for stone pine (Pinus pinea) based on empirical data collected in four coastal stands in Italy. Root sampling was also performed. The results enabled generalized equations for volume and aboveground biomass to be developed. However, an analysis also showed several differences in biomass allocation in stone pine resulting from different stand characteristics, emphasizing the importance of stand-dependent factors for adjusting regional or national biomass calculations. Biomass expansion factors were also provided. This study provides tools to help forest managers in quantifying volume and biomass, thereby contributing to the accurate estimation of carbon sequestration and stocks in stone pine stands in Italy.


Allometric Equations, Aboveground Biomass, Belowground Biomass, Carbon Stocks, Biomass Expansion Factor

Authors’ address

Andrea Cutini
Francesco Chianucci
Maria Chiara Manetti
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Forestry Research Centre (CRA-SEL), v.le S. Margherita 80, I-52100 Arezzo (Italy )

Corresponding author

Francesco Chianucci


Cutini A, Chianucci F, Manetti MC (2013). Allometric relationships for volume and biomass for stone pine (Pinus pinea L.) in Italian coastal stands. iForest 6: 331-335. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0941-006

Academic Editor

Luca Salvati

Paper history

Received: Dec 28, 2012
Accepted: May 14, 2013

First online: Aug 29, 2013
Publication Date: Dec 02, 2013
Publication Time: 3.57 months

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