Short Communication: Timing of resin-tapping operations in maritime pine forests in Northern Spain

  • Roberto Touza Extracción de Resina. Lugar de Maúnzo 25, Xeve 36150, Pontevedra.
  • Margarita Lema Department of Functional Biology, Faculty of Biology, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.
  • Rafael Zas Misión Biológica de Galicia. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Apdo 28, Pontevedra, 36080.


Aim of study: To optimize the timing of resin-tapping activities for maximizing the economic efficiency of resin tapping in Atlantic maritime pine forests.

Area of study: Northern Spain.

Material and methods: We conducted three small experiments in a mature maritime pine forest aimed to test: i) the impact of groove frequency on resin production, ii) the effect of previous grooves as a driver of temporal patterns of resin production along the seasons and iii) the impact of previous tapping on resin production in the following campaign.

Main results: The resin produced decreased as groove frequency decreased, but the reduction was low. Considering that the number of trees that a worker can tap increases with more spaced grooves, higher tapping efficiency can be achieved with monthly grooves. Previous tapping increased resin yield during the following campaign but resin production was not affected by the previous grooves during the current tapping campaign.

Research highlights: Responses to wounding seem to require time to be effective and temporal patterns of resin production appear to be driven by weather conditions alone.

Keywords: resin yield; Pinus pinaster; seasonality; induced responses; wounding.


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How to Cite
TouzaR., LemaM., & ZasR. (2021). Short Communication: Timing of resin-tapping operations in maritime pine forests in Northern Spain. Forest Systems, 30(3), eSC05.
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