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dc.contributor.authorJune, Selwyn
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-10T22:44:26Z
dc.date.available2016-10-10T22:44:26Z
dc.date.issued1974
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/9957
dc.description.abstractThe population structures of three stands of red beech forest in the N.W.Ruahine Range are described. Seedling establishment, growth and survival is studied by means of tagged seedlings in permanent plots. Three microsite types are identified, the rotting wood microsite being the most favourable for seedling growth and survival. No seedlings survive under the extensive fern layer. Light compensation points for 1st year seedlings are 1.9% and 3.9%. Light intensities in some microsites are below the compensation point. Seedlings have established at least every 2-3 years in the past and seedling establishment is not solely dependent on the occasional mast seed years. A model combining estimates of densities, survival rates and mortality rates predicts that the size of the seedling population will be maintained. Regeneration appears to be effective only in the ridge-top stand. Large canopy gaps containing few saplings and seedlings occur in all stands. Seedling numbers are limited by the availability of suitable microsites and this in turn reduces the rate of regeneration.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectBeechen_US
dc.subjectForest regenerationen_US
dc.titleThe germination, growth and survival of beech (Nothofagus fusca) seedlings in relation to forest regeneration : a thesis for the degree of Master of Science in Botany at Massey Universityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineBotanyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M. Sc.)en_US


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