Title

Intra- and Interspecific Tests of Some Indicators of Relative Tolerance

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Forest Ecology and Management

Publication Date

1989

Volume

28

Issue

3-4

Abstract

Community ecologists and foresters commonly view relative tolerance as the capacity of a species to survive in the understory of an established plant community. Diverse individual- and population-level attributes are commonly cited as indirect indicators of relative tolerance. Eight of these putative indicators of relative tolerance were tested for their ability in discriminating between species representing differing levels of relative tolerance; of these, only five were found to be valid. The indicators were even less accurate in discriminating between presumed intraspecific differences in relative tolerance. The species characteristics that appeared to have the greatest potential as indicators of relative tolerance involved stand density, leaf-area index and foliage retention time.

Comments

Originally published by Elsevier. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.

First Page

177

Last Page

189

DOI

10.1016/0378-1127(89)90002-9