Influence of population structure on self-thinning of plant populations

M. Westoby, J. Howell

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Concludes that population structure is not an important influence on self-thinning paths relative to unexplained variation among stands. The mean slopes of the paths followed by the controls were less than the expected -1/2. The overall pattern of the results was consistent with the idea that paths are bounded by a line of slope -1/2 only up to some maximum biomass, after which density may continue to decline but biomass per unit area does not increase. During thinning, stands with different initial structures converged towards a frequency distribution of log weights which was roughly symmetrical and about 2-3 orders of magnitude broad.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-359
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1986


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