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Shawn Fraver, Anthony W. D'Amato, John B. Bradford, Bengt Gunnar Jonsson, Mari Jönsson and Per-Anders Esseen Tree growth and competition in an old-growth Picea abies forest of boreal Sweden: influence of tree spatial patterning Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 21 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12096

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Our findings demonstrate that inter-tree competition continues to influence tree growth in this old-growth Picea abies system, with crown volume being the size metric best explaining neighborhood competition. Our findings also demonstrate that stand-level tree spatial patterning can influence competitive environments, which suggests caution in interpreting traditional competition studies where spatial patterning is not taken into account.

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