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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America$
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Frank Gilliam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001

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Interactions between the Herbaceous Layer and Overstory Canopy of Eastern Forests

Interactions between the Herbaceous Layer and Overstory Canopy of Eastern Forests

A Mechanism for Linkage

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(p.233) 9 Interactions between the Herbaceous Layer and Overstory Canopy of Eastern Forests
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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America
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Frank S. Gilliam

Mark R. Roberts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.003.0009

This chapter has three primary objectives. First, it determines via literature review what is known of interaction among forest strata, with a specific focus on overstory-herbaceous layer interactions in eastern deciduous forests. It presents contrasting views of the nature of these interactions, from one that sees a quantifiable linkage among strata to one that sees little true interaction occurring. Second, it develops a mechanistic explanation for patterns of linkage in forest ecosystems, with emphasis on eastern deciduous forests. Finally, it examines data from two different forest types—a central Appalachian hardwood forest and a successional aspen forest of northern lower Michigan—for evidence supporting or refuting this explanation.

Keywords:   forest strata, overstory canopy, herbaceous layer, herb layer, eastern deciduous forests, forest ecosystems, Appalachian hardwood forest, successional aspen forest

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