Competition for Water and Light in Closed-Canopy Forests: A Tractable Model of Carbon Allocation with Implications for Carbon Sinks

  title={Competition for Water and Light in Closed-Canopy Forests: A Tractable Model of Carbon Allocation with Implications for Carbon Sinks},
  author={Caroline E. Farrior and Ray Dybzinski and Simon A. Levin and Stephen W. Pacala},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={314 - 330}
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