Fine roots dynamics in a Mediterranean forest: effects of drought and stem density.

@article{Lpez1998FineRD,
  title={Fine roots dynamics in a Mediterranean forest: effects of drought and stem density.},
  author={Bernat Claramunt L{\'o}pez and Santiago Sabat{\'e} and Carlos De Gracia},
  journal={Tree physiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={18 8_9},
  pages={601-606}
}
Summer drought is a characteristic trait of Mediterranean climates and can limit primary production. The holm oak (Quercus ilex L.) forest at the Prades Experimental Complex of Catchments (PECC, NE Spain) was managed by clearcutting until the 1950s. As a result of this practice, the forest has a high density (13000 stems ha(-1)) that is causing growth stagnation and intense competition for water. A thinning experiment was conducted to release resources, reduce stem competition and improve… CONTINUE READING
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