Tree Community Ordering by Diversity Profiles: an Application to Chestnut Coppices
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mattioli Walter
University of Tuscia
Department for Innovation in Biological
Agro-food and Forest systems (DIBAF)
via San Camillo de Lellis, s.n.c. - 01100 Viterbo, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: November 08, 2012; Accepted Date: December 17, 2012; Published Date: December 19, 2012
Citation: Piermaria C, Lorenzo F, Sara F, Walter M, Luigi P, et al. (2014) Tree Community Ordering by Diversity Profiles: an Application to Chestnut Coppices. Forest Res 3:122. doi: 10.4172/2168-9776.1000122
Copyright: © 2014 Walter M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The ecological and economical relevance of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) has long been related to its widespread geographical distribution and multipurpose product potential. In Italy, chestnut management represents a paradigmatic example of the potential conflict between landowner targets and tree species diversity conservation. Distinctively, the relationships between silvicultural treatment and tree species diversity of chestnut coppices are here investigated by means of diversity profiles to assess tree diversity of six stands in Central Italy. The stands were purposively selected in such a way to be characterized by the same site conditions but with different silvicultural features (age, number of thinning). Plot sampling was performed across the stands and their tree diversity was compared and ordered by means of intrinsic diversity profiles estimated from the sample data. The achieved results suggest alternative suitable options for managing chestnut coppice stands in order to enhance tree biodiversity while maintaining timber production.