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Factors influencing the amount and distribution of leaf area of pine stands
Ecological Bulletin (1994)
  • James N. Long, Utah State University
  • James M Vose
  • Phillip M Dougherty
  • Frederick W Smith
  • Henry L Gholz
  • Paul J Curran
Abstract
Leaf area index (LAI) of forest ecosystems determines rates of energy and material 
exchange between plant canopies and the atmosphere. Considerable variation exists in the 
value and timing of maximum LAI in pine stands. Maximum LAI (total) varied from 5 to 30 
across a range of species and environments and this was reached 8 to 50 yrs after stand 
establishment. The variation in maximum LAI was related to multiple factors including site 
quality (climate and soils) and shade tolerance. Timing differences appear to be related to ...
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Publication Date
1994
Citation Information
James N. Long, James M Vose, Phillip M Dougherty, Frederick W Smith, et al.. "Factors influencing the amount and distribution of leaf area of pine stands" Ecological Bulletin Vol. 43 (1994) p. 102 - 114
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jameslong/181/