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Recognition of successional pathways in forest communities using size-class ordination

Enright, N.J. (1982) Recognition of successional pathways in forest communities using size-class ordination. Vegetatio, 48 (2). pp. 133-140.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00726882
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Abstract

Certain of the problems associated with the use of size-class ordinations to identify successional pathways are explored. Examples of such ordinations, where it was attempted to minimize a number of the interpretational dangers noted by Austin (1977), are presented for two tropical rainforest types from Papua New Guinea. By limiting the analysis to groups of sites which show a high degree of homogeneity, and by using the non-linear ordination method Continuity Analysis (Noy-Meir 1974) a simple successional interpretation of the species-in-size-class data was possible. As heterogeneity increases so does the number of possible interpretations of the resultant size-class-in-space pattern.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Dr W. Junk Publishers
Copyright: © 1982 Dr W. Junk Publishers.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14684
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