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Reproducing reproduction: How to simulate mast seeding in forest models

Giorgio Vacchiano, Davide Ascoli, Fabio Berzaghi, Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, Thomas Caignard, Alessio Collalti, Paola Mairota, Ciprian Palaghianu, Christopher P.O. Reyer, Tanja G.M. Sanders, Eliane Schermer, Thomas Wohlgemuth and Andrew Hacket-Pain

Ecological Modelling, 2018, vol. 376, issue C, 40-53

Abstract: Masting is the highly variable and synchronous production of seeds by plants. Masting can have cascading effects on plant population dynamics and forest properties such as tree growth, carbon stocks, regeneration, nutrient cycling, or future species composition. However, masting has often been missing from forest models. Those few that simulate masting have done so using relatively simple empirical rules, and lack an implementation of process-based mechanisms that control such events. Here we review more than 200 published papers on mechanistic formulations of masting, and summarize how the main processes involved in masting and their related patterns can be incorporated in forest models at different degrees of complexity.

Keywords: Masting; Seed production; Process-based models; Resource budget model; Resource allocation; Tree reproduction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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