Radial Permeability of the Hybrid Pine (Pinus elliottii × Pinus caribaea) in Australia

William Leggate, Adam Redman, Jeff Wood, Henri Bailleres, David J. Lee


The radial permeability (gas and liquid) of the hybrid pine (Pinus elliottii var. elliottii [PEE] × Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis [PCH]) was investigated for wood samples collected from 30 trees that were 19 years of age and represented various genotypes and stocking rates. The PEE × PCH hybrid is now a very important resource for the Australian forestry industry, producing logs used to manufacture a diverse array of wood products. The permeability of wood influences many important wood properties and industrial processes. For all data combined from all radial sampling positions, there was no significant effect of genotype and stocking rate on radial permeability. Both gas and liquid permeability increased from pith to bark positions within the tree. Conversely, resin content decreased from pith to bark positions. Gas and liquid permeability were significantly positively correlated, and a highly significant negative relationship was also found between permeability (gas and liquid) and resin content.


Wood permeability; Resin content; Hybrid pine; Pinus elliottii var. elliottii; Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis, Southern pine

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