Bark traits and life-history strategies of tropical dry- and moist forest trees

L. Poorter, A. McNeil, V.H. Hurtado, H.H.T. Prins, F.E. Putz

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1.Bark is crucial to trees because it protects their stems against fire and other hazards and because of its importance for assimilate transport, water relationships and repair. We evaluate size-dependent changes in bark thickness for 50 woody species from a moist forest and 50 species from a dry forest in Bolivia and relate bark thickness to their other bark characteristics, species life-history strategies and wood properties. 2.For 71% of the evaluated species, the allometric coefficient describing the relationship between bark thickness and stem diameter was significantly
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-242
JournalFunctional Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • shade-tolerance
  • rain-forest
  • interspecific variation
  • carbohydrate storage
  • evolutionary ecology
  • structural traits
  • colorado-island
  • lowland bolivia
  • wood density
  • fire

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