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13 Nov 2015
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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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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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