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    Author(s): F. Thomas Lloyd; William R. Harms
    Date: 1986
    Source: Annals of Botany
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    A growth model for pure, even-aged stands of plants is asymptotically bounded above by the self-thinning rule that relates maximum plant size to stand density. The model characterizes accretion in mean size as a deviation from the limiting size. It consists of a function relating mean size to time and density and a companion survival model. The growth model is obtained by substituting the survival model for density in the mean size relationship. Model flexibility is demonstrated by fitting it to annual remeasurements of mean size and number of plants per unit area in a stand of Pinus taeda L.

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    Lloyd, F. Thomas; Harms, William R. 1986. An individual stand growth model for mean plant size based on the rule of self-thinning. Annals of Botany 57: 681-688.

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