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understorey

the vegetation layer, consisting of shrubs and small trees, which lies between the GROUND COVER and the tree canopy in a forest or woodland.
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Our models included the site covariates native plant proportion (native), understory coverage (uc), canopy coverage (canopy), basal area (basal), and invertebrate biomass (inverts), which were consistent over the duration of the season.
Relationships of gaps and understory bamboo have been studied in temperate forests to understand the response of bamboo taxa to forest regeneration (Taylor and Qin, 1992, Wang et al.
In this case, it can be stated that the micro-environment created in the assessed SPS understory severely limited the development of studied forages, since productive performance in full sun cultivation was approximately 4 times higher.
Within the context of a larger project on the biodiversity of the spiders from the understory of a wildlife reserve, we assessed a subset of data comprising adult Salticidae specimens, as potential indicators of global spider diversity.
For each grid, tree and sapling counts were log transformed; understory percentage cover estimates were normalized with an arcsine square root transformation.
Species were separated into four categories of foraging strata (above the canopy, canopy, understory and near the water) following Stiles and Skutch (1989), Blake et al.
The ideal structure to protect deer from excessive heat has enough canopy to block the sun but an open understory that doesn't impede airflow.
Only the understory species with higher absolute densities were selected, until they comprised at least 70% of the total density of this stratum.
For example, vegetational polygons could be comprised only of an overstory component (canopy with no understory and >4.
Sites occupied by NIDGS had tree canopy cover of 10 to 15%, tree densities of 64 to 118 trees/ha, and understory height was 20 to 25 cm.
The present study was undertaken to determine the woody overstory and understory species composition and structure of a degraded sand savanna at Sand Ridge State.