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Assessing terpene content variability of whitebark pine in order to estimate representative sample size

Author(s): Stefanović Milena | Mitrović Slobodanka | Obratov-Petković Dragica | Vidaković Vera | Popović Zorica | Matić Rada | Bojović Srđan

Journal: Glasnik Šumarskog Fakulteta
ISSN 0353-4537

Volume: 2013;
Issue: 107;
Start page: 193;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: characteristic | element | sample | representativity | reliability assessment | whitebark pine | terpenes

In studies of population variability, particular attention has to be paid to the selection of a representative sample. The aim of this study was to assess the size of the new representative sample on the basis of the variability of chemical content of the initial sample on the example of a whitebark pine population. Statistical analysis included the content of 19 characteristics (terpene hydrocarbons and their derivates) of the initial sample of 10 elements (trees). It was determined that the new sample should contain 20 trees so that the mean value calculated from it represents a basic set with a probability higher than 95 %. Determination of the lower limit of the representative sample size that guarantees a satisfactory reliability of generalization proved to be very important in order to achieve cost efficiency of the research. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. OI-173011, br. TR-37002 i br. III-43007]
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