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Volume 22, Number 9 -- March 2012

Psyllid May Be Cause of Forks Seen in Plantation Koa Stands

When it comes to the prospects of growing high-value koa in plantations, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods CEO Jeffrey Dunster and University of Hawai`i forester J.B. Friday do not see eye to eye.

They disagree over the yields of marketable koa that can be expected from a given area, with Dunster predicting productivity rates more than twice those reported by Friday.

They also disagree over the quality of the wood, especially when it comes to the production of the tall, straight trees highly valued in hardwood markets.

P.T.


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