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Record number 431921
Title Diameter Growth of Juvenile Trees after Gap Formation in a Bolivian Rain Forest: Responses are Strongly Species-specific and Size-dependent.
Author(s) Soliz-Gamboa, C.C.; Sandbrink, A.; Zuidema, P.A.
Source Biotropica 44 (2012)3. - ISSN 0006-3606 - p. 312 - 320.
Department(s) Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) tropical forest - ring analysis - canopy - increment - dynamics - patterns - release - rates - suppression - disturbance
Abstract We evaluated growth responses to gap formation for juvenile individuals of three canopy rain forest species: Peltogyne cf. heterophylla, Clarisia racemosa and Cedrelinga catenaeformis. Gaps were formed during selective logging operations 7 yr before sampling in a Bolivian rain forest. We collected wood samples for tree-ring analyses at different distances to the stump (40 m) and from trees with different diameters (5–30 cm diameter at breast height [dbh]). Tree-rings width was measured in at least two radii and converted to average diameter growth. Changes in 7-yr median diameter growth before and after selective logging were analyzed. Diameter growth rates significantly increased by 0.7–0.8 mm/yr after gap formation for P. heterophylla and C. catenaeformis, but not for C. racemosa. We applied a multiple regression analysis to explain variation in growth responses of P. heterophylla and C. catenaeformis by distance to logging gap and tree size. For P. heterophylla we found that growth increase occurring close to logging gaps was strongest for large juvenile trees (20–25 cm dbh) and almost absent in small juveniles. For C. catenaeformis, variation in growth responses was not related to tree size or distance to gaps. Our results show that growth responses to gap formation strongly differ across species and tree sizes. This finding calls for caution in the interpretation of growth releases in tree-ring series, as gap formation does not necessarily invoke growth responses and if such growth responses occur, their strength is species- and size specific.
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