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A new look at old forests
June 2, 2014
As forests age, their ability to grow decreases because energy production (photosynthesis) and energy consumption (respiration) decrease with age, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory scientists and colleagues has determined. Since most U.S. forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago, when extensive clear-cutting occurred, the study suggests the future growth of U.S. forests will decline.
Marine Biological Laboratory
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