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Differential growth responses in seedlings of ten species of Dipterocarpaceae to experimental shading and defoliation

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The responses of plants to shade and foliar herbivory jointly affect growth rates and community assembly. We grew 600 seedlings of ten species of the economically important Dipterocarpaceae in experimental gradients of shading (0.3-47.0% of full sunlight) and defoliation (0, 25%, 50% or 75% of leaf area removed). We assessed stem diameters initially, after 2 and 4 mo, and calculated relative growth rates (RGR) with a linear model. Shading interacted with defoliation, reducing RGR by 21.6% in ...

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10.1017/S0266467412000326

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Paine, CET More by this author
Stenflo, M More by this author
Philipson, CD More by this author
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Journal:
JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY
Volume:
28
Issue:
4
Pages:
377-384
Publication date:
2012-07-05
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EISSN:
1469-7831
ISSN:
0266-4674
URN:
uuid:520b99c1-1110-4791-a754-20fd80511db2
Source identifiers:
412162
Local pid:
pubs:412162

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