Efeito da Competição nas Relações Dimensionais de Araucária
Effect of Competition in Dimensional Relations of Araucaria
This study aimed to describe the effect of competition in the dimensional relations of Araucaria angustifolia (Bertol.) Kuntze. Covariance analysis was used to compare tendency dimensional relationship for the group of open grown in fields and under competition in the forest. Trees growing under competition when compared to those with open grown presented, on average, regression lines with superior intercept for height, height of crown insertion point, height/diameter ratio, when evaluating the same diameter at breast height. Decreased tree competition increases the crown length and reduces height of crown insertion point. The inclusion of variable competition index in models improved fit and accuracy of dimensional relations in forest trees, which allows to use the equations fitted to estimate the crown dimensions as assistance for silvicultural activities of araucaria.
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