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Relation between size and density in developing stands: A description and possible mechanisms
Forest Ecology and Management (1984)
  • James N. Long, Utah State University
  • Frederick W Smith
Abstract
A description of stand development is presented which incorporates several ecological concepts, including: full-site occupancy; self-thinning; and the relation between the number and average size of plants in the population. Each of these concepts is integrated by a general size-density model. It is suggested that stands which are undergoing self-thinning are those which have achieved an upper limit in the amount of foliage supported. It is postulated that the predictable size-density relations in self-thinning populations can be explained on the basis of regulation and redistribution of a fixed amount of foliage among a declining number of larger individuals.
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Publication Date
1984
DOI
doi:10.1016/0378-1127(84)90067-7
Citation Information
James N. Long and Frederick W Smith. "Relation between size and density in developing stands: A description and possible mechanisms" Forest Ecology and Management Vol. 7 Iss. 3 (1984) p. 191 - 206
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jameslong/186/