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Petteri Muukkonen, Raisa Mäkipää, Raija Laiho, Kari Minkkinen, Harri Vasander & Leena Finér. 2006.

Relationship between biomass and percentage cover in understorey vegetation of boreal coniferous forests

Silva Fennica 40(2): 231–245

In the present study, the aboveground biomass of the understorey vegetation of boreal coniferous forests was modelled according to the percentage cover. A total of 224 observations from 22 stands in upland forests and 195 observations from 14 different studies in peatland forests were utilized for the present analyses. The relationships between biomass and percentage cover can be used in ecosystem and carbon-cycle modelling as a rapid nondestructive method for estimation of the aboveground biomass of lichens, bryophytes, herbs and grasses, and dwarf shrubs in upland forests and bottom and field layers in peatland forests.

Keywords
upland soils, peatlands, biomass models, ground vegetation

Addresses
Muukkonen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, P.O. Box 18, FI-01301 Vantaa, Finland; Mäkipää, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Unioninkatu 40 A, FI-00170 Helsinki, Finland; Laiho, Minkkinen and Vasander, Department of Forest Ecology, P.O. Box 24, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; Finér, Finnish Forest Research Institute, P.O. Box 68, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland. E-mail petteri.muukkonen@metla.fi

Received 19 August 2005 Accepted 24 January 2006
ISSN 0037-5330

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