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CANCELLED: How and why the growth and biomass varies across the tropics

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What determines the productivity of tropical forests, and how it varies in space and time?

We report on new findings emerging from a global network off intensive monitoring plots spanning Amazonia, Africa and Borneo, where we measured all the major components of productivity and respiration. Our results show the woody growth rates of these forests is determined much more by how carbon is allocated between leaves, wood and fine roots, and much less by total photosynthesis. The biomass of old-growth forests is shaped more spatial variation in the rate trees die rather than the rate trees growth. I explore what environmental factors can explain spatial variation in these patterns.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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