Attaining the canopy in dry and moist tropical forests: strong differences in tree growth trajectories reflect variation in growing conditions

@inproceedings{Brienen2009AttainingTC,
  title={Attaining the canopy in dry and moist tropical forests: strong differences in tree growth trajectories reflect variation in growing conditions},
  author={Roel J W Brienen and Pieter A. Zuidema and Miguel Mart{\'i}nez-Ramos},
  booktitle={Oecologia},
  year={2009}
}
Availability of light and water differs between tropical moist and dry forests, with typically higher understorey light levels and lower water availability in the latter. Therefore, growth trajectories of juvenile trees—those that have not attained the canopy—are likely governed by temporal fluctuations in light availability in moist forests (suppressions and releases), and by spatial heterogeneity in water availability in dry forests. In this study, we compared juvenile growth trajectories of… CONTINUE READING
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