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Hi! I am Maciré Fofana in the research program in ecology at @IRFUQAT @UQAT @CEF_CFR @Boreal_Spanish. My research focuses on the effects of habitat @factors @ and interspecific @interactions @ on post-harvest regeneration in mixed forest. Thank you!
Several studies have focused on silvicultural methods to evaluate their effects on residual stand structure, tree mortality, etc. However, the effects of mixing and interspecific interactions at the scale of a regenerating stand on the abundance and growth of natural regeneration have not been studied to date. Moreover, the phenomenon of complement...
Through canopy opening and soil disturbance, harvesting operations influence the physico-chemical properties of the soil and the amount of light available for forest regeneration. In addition, several studies have demonstrated, at the stand level, a positive relationship between functional tree diversity and forest productivity in the boreal forest. However, few studies have examined this effect at the scale of a regenerating stand. This study was conducted in the bioclimatic sub-domain of western white birch fir and aimed to identify, along a harvest intensity gradient, the relative contribution of habitat factors (i.e. light, temperature and soil moisture, nutrient availability) and interspecific interactions on regeneration abundance and growth. More specifically, our objectives were to determine, 7 to 10 years after full and partial cutting, 1) the effects of habitat factors on the abundance and growth of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.), white spruce (Picea glauca) and balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) seedlings, and 2) the effects of neighbourhood on natural regeneration growth.