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Norbert Kunert, Luitgard Schwendenmann, Catherine Potvin and Dirk Hölscher Tree diversity enhances tree transpiration in a Panamanian forest plantation Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 8 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02065.x

Stand transpiration increased linearly with tree species richness and basal area in monocultures, two- and three-species mixtures, but the ratio of stand transpiration to basal area was larger for five-species mixtures. In conclusion, species selection and consideration of species richness and composition is crucial in the design of plantations to maximize wood production while conserving water resources.

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