Size-Specific Tree Mortality Varies with Neighbourhood Crowding and Disturbance in a Montane Nothofagus Forest

Using permanent plot data from Nothofagus forest, New Zealand, where the fates of trees were followed, to examine patterns of size-specific mortality over three consecutive periods spanning 30 years, each characterised by different disturbance, and the strength and direction of neighbourhood crowding effects on size-specific mortality rates. Hurst, J.M.; Allen, R.B.; Coomes, D.A.; Duncan, R.P.Continue reading “Size-Specific Tree Mortality Varies with Neighbourhood Crowding and Disturbance in a Montane Nothofagus Forest”

TRY – a global database of plant traits

Presentation of the global database initiative named TRY, which has united a wide range of the plant trait research community worldwide and gained an unprecedented buy-in of trait data: so far 93 trait databases have been contributed. KATTGE, J. et al. 2011 PDF

Influence of foliar traits on forage selection by introduced red deer in New Zealand

Understanding diet selection is to relate diet choices to the foliar and structural traits of forage species. Using data on diet selection by red deer  in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, we determined the extent to which interspecific differences in the palatability of 46 plant species could be explained by 11 chemical and structural characteristicsContinue reading “Influence of foliar traits on forage selection by introduced red deer in New Zealand”