The relationships of wood-, gas- and water fractions of tree stems to performance and life history variation in tropical trees

  • Poorter L
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The volume of tree stems is made up of three components: solid wood, gas and water. These components have important consequences for the construction costs, strength and stability of trees. Here, the importance of stem components for sapling growth and survival in the field was investigated, and then these stem components were related to two important life history axes of variation: the light requirements for regeneration and the adult stature of the species.

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  • Adult stature
  • Biomechanics
  • Bolivia
  • Second moment of area
  • Shade tolerance
  • Tropical rain forest
  • Wood density
  • Wood specific gravity

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  • Lourens Poorter

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