Age-dependent radial increases in wood specific gravity of tropical pioneers in Costa Rica

@article{Williamson2010AgedependentRI,
  title={Age-dependent radial increases in wood specific gravity of tropical pioneers in Costa Rica},
  author={G. B. Williamson and M. Wiemann},
  journal={Biotropica},
  year={2010},
  volume={42},
  pages={590-597}
}
Wood specific gravity is the single best descriptor of wood functional properties and tree life-history traits, and it is the most important variable in estimating carbon stocks in forests. Tropical pioneer trees produce wood of increasing specific gravity across the trunk radius as they grow in stature. Here, we tested whether radial increases in wood specific gravity were dependent on a tree's diameter or its age by comparing trees of different diameters within cohorts. We cored trunks of… Expand

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