A population dynamical description of the self-thinning law

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There is a simple allometric relation between average plant mass and the maximum number of plants in a given area as plants become older and bigger. This relation (self-thinning law) is valid when the canopy is totally closed. The author neglects this very strict assumption, and regards canopy closure as a dynamically variable quantity. Aassuming that intra- and interpopulation competition is determined by canopy closure, a population dynamical model describes self-thinning of even-aged plants. The model is extended to multi-species assemblages. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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