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José J. de Toledo, William E. Magnusson and Carolina V. Castilho Competition, exogenous disturbances and senescence shape tree size distribution in tropical forest: evidence from tree mode of death in Central Amazonia Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 28 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01491.x

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Using mode of death we identified that competition is the major source of mortality for small trees while exogenous disturbances and senescence predominate for large trees in Central Amazonia. Sources of mortality change across topographic positions, but the shapes of tree size distributions do not, indicating that different processes not assumed in the metabolic theory can produce similar distributions.

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