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Stem Growth per Unit of Leaf Area: A Measure of Tree Vigor

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Abstract:

The ratio of basal area growth to sapwood basal area is shown to correspond with stemwood-volume production per unit of leaf area. Analyzing 122 healthy Douglas-fir in one stand showed this ratio to be consistent among all but suppressed trees. Evaluating other stands suggests the ratio may be sensitive to environment and reflect competition. This ratio of tree vigor will aid silviculturists in determining optimum stocking or in maintaining a stand at a selected level of vigor. Forest Sci. 26:112-117.

Keywords: Stocking; leaf area index

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Data Processing Manager, School of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Publication date: March 1, 1980

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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

    Also published by SAF:
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