Natural disturbance and stability of forest community.

Toru Nakashizuka, S. I. Yamamoto

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    A community shows a mosaic structure including mature phases when the rotation period of disturbance exceeds both the return interval and the maturation time of the community. The relative length of the former 2 factors in comparison to the maturation time can be a major criterion of community stability, while fluctuation of biomass, as an index of stability, depends on the rate of disturbance relative to that of recovery. As a case study, the influence of the disturbance regime on the stability of cool-temperate deciduous forest communities in Japan is reviewed. The loss caused by a large typhoon may exceed the annual increment of forest biomass tenfold or more. -from English summary

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-30
    Number of pages12
    JournalJapanese Journal of Ecology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1987 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
    • Ecology


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