Regeneration dynamics of beech forests in Japan

Tohru Nakashizuka

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    Abstract

    A conceptual model of the regeneration of beech (Fagus crenata) forests in Japan is presented; stand structure, tree population dynamics and characteristics of gap formation are summarized. Beech forest can be recognized as a regeneration complex, and three phases: gap, building and mature, are distinguished through the structure of regenerating populations. The mean return interval is 100-200 yr. Disturbances by typhoons and dwarf bamboos (Sasa) on the forest floor may greatly affect the synchrony of regeneration and, hence, the stability of beech forests in Japan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-175
    Number of pages7
    JournalVegetatio
    Volume69
    Issue number1-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1987 Apr 1

    Keywords

    • Age structure
    • Disturbance
    • Fagus crenata
    • Gap formation
    • Regeneration
    • Sasa
    • Seedling bank
    • Stand structure
    • Tree population dynamics
    • Turnover

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Plant Science

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