Title: Applying ecological insights to increase productivity in tropical plantations
Author: Binkley, Dan; Laclau, Jean-Paul; Stape, Jose Luiz; Ryan, Michael G.
Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 259: 1681-1683.
Description: In the 19th and 20th Centuries, forest productivity was examined
largely as a retrospective exercise: growth of forests was tracked
over time, and these historical trends were projected empirically
into the future (Puettmann et al., 2008). Silviculturists explained
growth of trees and stands in terms of unquantifiable "growing
space," explaining changes in productivity of trees and
stands in response to increases and decreases in non-finite growing
spaces (Oliver and Larson, 1990). Mechanistic understanding of
the ecophysiology of tree growth developed in the late 20th Century
to the point where growth could be examined in relation to acquisition
and use of resources, and models could use a mechanistic foundation
for estimating growth over time and across landscapes (Landsberg,
Keywords: tropical plantations, productivity, growing space
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Binkley, Dan; Laclau, Jean-Paul; Stape, Jose Luiz; Ryan, Michael G. 2010. Applying ecological insights to increase productivity in tropical plantations. Forest Ecology and Management. 259: 1681-1683..