Quantification of herb layer dynamics under tree canopy

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    Abstract

    A simple model describing herb layer dynamics under the tree canopy was developed to quantify the forage supply of the herb layer to ungulates in forests. The basic principle of this forage supply model is that the herb layer biomass can be described by a logistic curve. The rate of development and the maximally attainable biomass are assumed to depend on the relative light level that reaches the forest floor. Biomass growth is derived from functions describing monthly relative growth rate under open field light conditions in combination with light response curves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-148
    JournalForest Ecology and Management
    Volume88
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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