Mixed conifer and beech forests grow more as they complement each other

Complementarity between Scots pine and broad-leafed species in the use of the available resources, such as water, may increase the growth of mixed forests comprising both species compared with pure forests, those comprising only one. However, the lack of rainwater would reduce this advantage in those species that, like the Scots pine, do not tolerate shade, because the increased competition for water would not allow them to take advantage of the lesser rivalry for light.

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