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How does wind and stem bending affect height and diameter growth of pine?
MARK RUDNICKI AND ULDIS SILINS Most forest scientists believe that the allocation of resources to height or diameter growth in trees is controlled by competition for light. However, an alternative explanation relates to how trees allocate resources in response to wind. The uniform stress hypothesis suggests that trees grow in diameter to counteract the increasing bending moment (tendency to bend at the base) from wind energy as trees grow taller. Eventually because of the increased mechanicaldoi:10.7939/r3h70839x fatcat:kxqgb3pf5zeqldybrpa4o7rrgi