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Effects of flood frequency and duration on the allometry of community-level stem size-density distributions in a floodplain forest

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Premise of the study: Consistent with the self-thinning law of plant population ecology, Niklas et al. in 2003 proposed that stem size-density distributions (SDDs) of multispecies forest communities should change in very predictable ways as a function of the effects of past disturbances on average tree size. To date, empirical tests of this hypothesis have not been pursued in floodplain settings. Methods: SDDs were constructed using tree stem-size and density data from forest plots positioned along a flood frequency and duration gradient in the Upper Mississippi River floodplain. Key Results: As flooding (both frequency and duration) increased, several small tree species were eliminated from forest plots and the persistent species [...]

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Nathan R DeJager

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American Journal of Botany 99(9): 000–000. 2012. http://www.amjbot.org/cgi/doi/10.3732/ajb.1200169

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