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Appendix S1. Relative performance of six commonly-used growth models used to predict the growth performance of 5524 individual trees from 50 neotropical species.

Appendix S2. List of the 50 neotropical tree species used for growth modelling: values of the parameters of the Species-Model and values of the functional traits used selected for inclusion in the Trait-Model.

Appendix S3. Detailed MCMC algorithms used to calibrate the growth models.

Appendix S4. Modelled adult growth trajectories of 50 neotropical trees.

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