Regional and phylogenetic variation of wood density across 2456 Neotropical tree species.

  title={Regional and phylogenetic variation of wood density across 2456 Neotropical tree species.},
  author={J{\'e}r{\^o}me Chave and Helene C. Muller‐Landau and Timothy R. Baker and Tom{\'a}s A. Easdale and Hans ter Steege and Campbell O. Webb},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={16 6},
  • J. ChaveH. Muller‐Landau C. Webb
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Wood density is a crucial variable in carbon accounting programs of both secondary and old-growth tropical forests. It also is the best single descriptor of wood: it correlates with numerous morphological, mechanical, physiological, and ecological properties. To explore the extent to which wood density could be estimated for rare or poorly censused taxa, and possible sources of variation in this trait, we analyzed regional, taxonomic, and phylogenetic variation in wood density among 2456 tree… 

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