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Multiple factors modulate tree growth complementarity in Central European mixed forests [Journal of Ecology]

Keywords : climate, mixed species forests, mixing effects, modelling, National Forest Inventory, nonlinear mixed effect models, plant–plant interactions, species diversity

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

1. Mixed species forests can often be more productive and deliver higher levels of ecosystem services and functions than monocultures. However, complementarity effects for any given tree species are difficult to generalize because they can vary greatly along gradients of climatic conditions and resource availability. Identifying the conditions where species diversity can positively influence productivity is crucial. To date, few studies have examined how growth complementarity across species and mixture types is modulated by stand and environmental factors, and fewer have considered more than one or two factors.(...)

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