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NAVAR-CHAIDEZ, José de Jesús  and  GONZALEZ-ELIZONDO, Socorro. Diversity structure and productivity of temperate forests of Durango, Mexico. Polibotánica [online]. 2009, n.27, pp.71-87. ISSN 1405-2768.

There is little quantitative evidence of the effect of diversity and structural complexity on stand productivity of temperate coniferous forests of northern Mexico. Our observations indicate that well-balanced canopy strata, unequal diameter structure and tree diversity enhance stand productivity. Although further research is required to understand the long term effect of tree diversity and canopy structure on stand productivity, these preliminary observations emphasize the importance of promoting silvicultural practices to maintain stand structure and diversity in forest management plans and silvicultural prescriptions that aim to maintain ecosystem functions, diversity and productivity.

Keywords : diversity indices; height and diameter structure; biomass productivity.

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