Finnish translation: alikasvos

English term or phrase:understory
Finnish translation:alikasvos

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09:54 Jun 14, 2009
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Science - Forestry / Wood / Timber
Additional field(s): Environment & Ecology
English term or phrase: understory
Definition from NC glossary of forestry terms:
The area below the forest canopy that comprises shrubs, snags and small tree. Because the understory receives little light, many of the plants at this level tolerate shade and will remain part of the understory. Others will grow and replace older trees that fall.

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  • The understory is a unique environment, involving more than just shade. Shade influences air temperature, humidity, soil temperature, soil moisture content, wind movement, and more. These factors impact plants. Agroforestry ejournal
  • Savanna trees influence water, light, and nutrient availability under their canopies, but the relative importance of these resources to understory plants is not well understood. CAT.INIST
  • Understory vegetation responded to thinning with increased percentage of cover and number of herbaceous species in thinned areas and in created gaps. US Forest Service
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metsikössä oleva vallitsevan puuston lisäksi tätä lyhyempi ja yleensä nuorempi puujakso
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5 +2alikasvos
Erkki Pekkinen
Jussi Rosti
4 -1alimetsä
Desmond O'Rourke


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Definition from Metsälehti Kustannus:
metsikössä oleva vallitsevan puuston lisäksi tätä lyhyempi ja yleensä nuorempi puujakso

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The forestry dictionary referred to has not yet been published
Erkki Pekkinen
Local time: 19:06
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FinnishFinnish
PRO pts in category: 8

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Yes  Desmond O'Rourke
16 days

No  Jussi Rosti: alikasvos on jotain muuta kuin tässä kysytty termi
51 days

Yes  Merja Jauhiainen: The definition in MOT Environmental Dictionary: Alikasvos: Pensaat ja pienet puut isojen, täysikasvuisten puitten alla. http://mot.kielikone.fi/mot/endic/netmot.exe?UI=ened&height=...
56 days

Yes  Alfa Trans (X): If you don't know this, nobody does!
83 days
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Definition from http://runeberg.org/pieni/:
Juurimetsä, alimetsä, vanhemman metsikön juurella itsestään, kylvettynä tai istutettuna, noussut nuorimetsä vrt. alikasvos

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Note added at 30 days (2009-07-14 13:03:56 GMT)

My answer was based on entries in Lexicon forestale (WSOY, 1979) where 'understory' is translated as 'alimetsä', whereas 'undergrowth' is translated as 'alikasvos'. It may be too fine a point to argue about.
Desmond O'Rourke
United States
Local time: 12:06
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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No  Erkki Pekkinen: Absolutely not ... because ***alikasvos*** is the recognised term in Finnish forestry and also recognised in reputable dictionarised
26 days
  -> Thank you, I stand corrected!
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Definition from own experience or research:
Aluskasvillisuus on metsän matalaa pintakasvillisuutta, ja koostuu esim. varvuista, jäkälistä, sammalista ja taimikoista.

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  • Aluskasvillisuudessa valtalajina ovat mesiangervo, vadelma, vuohenputki, käenkaali, hiirenporras, rönsyleinikki, huopaohdake, luhtalemmikki, ojakellukka, nokkonen ja rohtovirmajuuri. - Akaan kaupungin luontoselvitys  
  • Aluskasvillisuus koostuu poronjäkäliköstä, rupijäkälä- ja karvekasvustoista sekä varvikosta. - Padasjoen tietopankki  
Jussi Rosti
Local time: 19:06
Native speaker of: Native in FinnishFinnish
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