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Taiga Ecosystems in Interior Alaska

K. van Cleve, C. T. Dyrness, L. A. Viereck, J. Fox, F. S. Chapin, III and W. Oechel
BioScience
Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan., 1983), pp. 39-44
DOI: 10.2307/1309243
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1309243
Page Count: 6
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Taiga Ecosystems in Interior Alaska
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Abstract

For several years the University of Alaska and the Institute of Northern Forestry (USDA Forest Service) have conducted a multidisciplinary study of interior-Alaska forest ecosystems, especially the black spruce type. Black spruce forests are wide-spread in interior Alaska and are the most fire-prone forest type. They are also the most nutrient-limited and least productive forest type, especially in the late stages of succession. Ecosystem differences in productivity and degree of nutrient limitation are controlled mainly by soil and forest-floor temperatures.

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