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Pinus halepensis plantations are widespread throughout semiarid–subhumid landscapes of the Mediterranean. Recently, drought-induced decline has often been reported raising concerns with regard to the future of these man-made ecosystems. The study was set out to investigate thinning as a means to alleviate water stress and improve performance of mature P.(More)
Natural regeneration that occurs in the understory of Mediterranean pine monocultures provides the basis for the transition of these simply structured systems toward a more complex and sustainable state. However, the course and consequences of this process, and its relationships with environmental and silvicultural variables, are still inadequately(More)
Oak regeneration within pine monocultures is an opportunity to diversify forest structure. We examined the relationships between overstory (Pinus brutia) light interception and understory oak (Quercus ithaburensis) performance in water-limited forests. The study was performed in a mature pine plantation in Mediterranean Israel. Twenty-year-old oaks(More)
This study investigated the impact of canopy cover and seasonality on litter decay in Mediterranean pine forests to enhance climate predictions. We conducted litterbag experiments in plots of different tree densities in two Mediterranean pine forests differing in precipitation amounts. In each plot, local litter was placed in forest gaps and under tree(More)
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