Trees Employ Similar Strategies To Outcompete Their Neighbors

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
January 7, 2016
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Based, in part, on measurements of “personal” traits (such as growth and wood density) of trees in the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) network, this new study shows that trees worldwide compete in some of the same ways, making simpler models of forest response to climate change possible. Here, Luis Aguilar measures the diameter of a tree on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island.

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