A tree survival equation and diameter growth model for loblolly pine based on the self-thinning rule.

Published online
08 Feb 1995
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Cao, Q. V.

Publication language
USA & Louisiana


A system of equations was developed to describe the reciprocal effects of stand density and quadratic mean diameter through time, using data from a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantation in Louisiana. These equations were based on the self-thinning rule, which regulates an overcrowded population by imposing a maximum mean tree size for a given stand density. The system explained 98% of variations in surviving tree number and quadratic mean diameter, and should provide reasonable extrapolation.

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