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Biomass distribution among tropical tree species grown under differing regional climates

Literature: Journal Articles

Bastien-Henri, S., Park, A., Ashton, M. & Messier, C. 2010, "Biomass distribution among tropical tree species grown under differing regional climates", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 260, no. 3, pp. 403-410.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author:


  • Centre d’étude de la Forêt, Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • University of Winnipeg, Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research, Department of Biology, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT
  • Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA), Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


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Species Info

  • Acacia mangium (exotic)
  • Albizia guachapele
  • Colubrina glandulosa
  • Diphysa robinioides
  • Dipteryx panamensis
  • Enterolobium cyclocarpum
  • Erythrina fusca    
  • Guazuma ulmifolia
  • Gliricidia sepium
  • Inga punctata
  • Pachira quinata
  • Ochroma pyramidale
  • Samanea saman
  • Tabebuia rosea
  • Tectona grandis (exotic)
  • Terminalia amazonia


  • In ths paper, the authors present results from species selection trials in Panama as part of the PRORENA project.
  • At two different sites (one seasonally wet, and one more dry) 16 native and 2 exotic species were planted in single-species plots with a 3m x 3m spacing of trees.
  • All plots were thinned to 50% of their original density at two years after plantation establishment.
  • For seven species, there were significant differences between research sites in biomass and biomass partitioning; the humid site had greater biomass than the dry site.
  • In the humid site, Acacia mangium, Gliricidia sepium, and Diphysia robinioides acheived canopy closure (before thinning) by year 2.
  • The authors explain that their model for biomass was upheld by this study based on the relationships of biomass to height and basal diameter.
  • They suggest that, for 1-3 yr old trees, the biomass equations can be useful as a predictor of biomass and potentially carbon storage in the tree species looked at in this study.

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Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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