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Table 4.2 Maximum rates of photosynthesis of plants in various stages of succession dynamics,

and daily rates of photosynthesis in various

strata, of an Australian rainforest (Doley et al. 1988)

Maximum rates (|imol CO2 m 2 s 1)

Species of early stages of forest successions 15

Tree species of later stages of forest successions 4-15

Undergrowth species

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