| || || Jit, Ronel Prakash.|
| || || Effects of slope and crown asymmetry on buttressing in the lowland rainforest, Fiji|
Author:Jit, Ronel Prakash.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: Pac SD 245 .F5 J58 2008
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This study examines the relationships of slope, tree size (diameter at breast height or DBH) and buttress structural characteristics in native large trees (>32cm DBH) in the Savura Rainforest. It also examines the directional relationships of slope orientation, crown loading and buttress orientation. There have been no previous studies of buttressing in the Fijian flora at species, genus or family levels. A random sampling method was applied using fixed-area plots covering 5.7 ha (80 plots of 700 m2) of the Savura Rainforest (421.2 ha), the topography of which is predominantly wet, clay soil and steep slopes. The findings are based on five months of intensive field research.