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Do tree-species richness, stand structure and ecological factors affect the photosynthetic efficiency in European forests?

F. Bussotti and M. Pollastrini

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Bussotti, F. and Pollastrini, M.: Evaluation of leaf features in forest trees: methods, techniques, obtainable information and limits, Ecol. Ind., 52, 219–230, 2015.
Koprowski, M., Robertson, I., Wils, T. H. G., and Kalaji, H. M.: The application of potato starch effluent causes a reduction in the photosynthetic efficiency and growth of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), Trees – Struct. and Funct., 29, 1471–1481, 2015.
Pollastrini, M., Holland, V., Brüggemann, W., Koricheva, J., Jussila, I., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Berger, S., and Bussotti, F.: Interactions and competition processes among tree species in young experimental mixed forests, assessed with chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf morphology, Plant Biol., 16, 323–331, 2014.
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The effects of tree diversity on the photosynthetic efficiency of tree species were assessed on six European mature forests (distributed along a latitudinal gradient) and in forest stands planted ad hoc with different levels of tree-species richness. The behaviour of Picea abies (spruce) was compared at the different sites. Site-specific responses were detected in relation to the age of the stands and their developmental stage.
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