Observations on self-thinning in pine plantations.

Von Gadow K. (1986)

The limiting relationship between the number of live trees per hectare (N) and the mean tree diameter (D) can be conveniently expressed using Reineke's equation: ln N = a + k ln D. The parameters a and k were calculated for a number of fully stocked experimental pine stands. The limiting relationship varies among different pine species, and among growing sites within the same species. The generality of k = -1605 in the Reineke equation and possibly also the much publicised -3/2 power law of ecology are a myth.-from Author

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