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Foliar Developmental Effects on Forest Floor Light Quality

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The spectroradiometric technique of evaluating visible radiation was utilized to determine spectral energy distribution between 400 and 700 nm during the course of foliar development under a mixed oak and yellow-poplar canopy. A comparison was made of spectral energy distributions of light incident to the canopy, and of light found beneath canopy species. The data indicated that solar radiation incident to the canopy had high energy levels in the 475 nm and 550 nm regions of the spectrum, and low levels at 400 nm. Upon complete foliar development, light energy beneath the canopy was highest at 550 rim. Forest Sci. 24:445-451.

Keywords: Spectroradiometry; canopy effect; deciduous canopy effect; energy distribution; light energy; solar radiation

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Publication date: 1978-12-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

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