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Japanese translation: 低木層

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English term or phrase:understory
Japanese translation:低木層
Entered by: Enrique Cavalitto
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17:36 Aug 27, 2008
English to Japanese translations [PRO]
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.

Example sentence(s):
  • 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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2 +4低木層
Yoohoo Fujisawa


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I believe this is a fancier name for "undergrowth".
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese, Native in EnglishEnglish

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neutral  cinefil: http://www.yc.musashi-tech.ac.jp/~cyber-australia/map/cyber/... http://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/110001880911/
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Definition from Wikipedia:

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  • どの林床型も植生保護柵を設置して10年経過すると柵内で低木層の植被率が増加し,低木層の種数も増加した。 - 森林立地学会誌  

森林群落の階層構造の一つですが、一般的にはunderstoryは低木層と訳されているものが多いように思われます。ただ、英語のサイト内でもForest layerを3層に分けている(canopy, understory, forest floor)場合や5層に分けている(canopy, understory, shurub, herb/fern, little layer)と色々などで、必ずしも日本の低木層内とも限らないようです。(草木層やコケ層を含む時もある)広義で林冠の下層
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Yes  miyazaki
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Yes  Hitomi
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Yes  Mami Y.
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Yes  Minoru Kuwahara: 専門ではないのですが、確か高校レベルの生物の授業の中でも森林の階層構造について低木層、中木層、高木層という区分がされていて、それぞれの役割や属する植物群などについて覚えた記憶がございます。低木層のさらに下層を成すのが草本層だったかなと。-
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  • Understory is the term for the area of a forest which grows in the shade of the ebergent of forest canopy. - Understory Wikipedia  

Yoohoo Fujisawa
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n/a Thank you. Could it be 'radicular' rather than 'root' (Latin word but same meaning)?

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