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Title: Large trees losing out to drought

Author: Ryan, Michael G.;

Date: 2015

Source: Nature Plants. 1: Article 15150.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)


Large trees provide many ecological services in forests. They provide seeds for reproduction and food, habitat for plants and animals, and shade for understory vegetation. Older trees and forests store large quantities of carbon, tend to release more water to streams than their more rapidly growing younger counterparts, and provide wood for human use. Mature trees of many species also record past climate in their rings, providing clues about how plants have endured enormous climate variability over the ages. Finally, large trees inspire and comfort many, helping to connect us with the natural world. Writing in Nature Plants, Bennett and colleagues synthesize studies of drought effects on tree growth and mortality from around the globe, and show that tree size matters: drought susceptibility - decreased growth and increased mortality - increases with tree diameter.

Keywords: large trees, drought, decreased growth, mortality, tree diameter

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Ryan, Michael G. 2015. Large trees losing out to drought. Nature Plants. 1: Article 15150.


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