Changing juvenile growth patterns in tropical trees: selective effects, history, or both?

Patrick John Baker

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A tree seed germinates in a forest and begins to grow. Given the right combination of environmental conditions, and a bit of luck, the seedling might one day become a fully grown tree. The quiet process of seed dispersal, germination and establishment occurs trillions of times each year across the world s forests, but only a vanishingly small fraction of seedlings ever survive to become adult trees. Because individual germination events occur on such large numerical and spatial scales, and because trees are long-lived, understanding what makes some seedlings successful (and most not), may have important ramifications for regional and global-scale carbon cycling for decades or centuries to come.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595 - 598
Number of pages4
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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