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English term or phrase:understory
Spanish translation:sotobosque
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15:54 Nov 28, 2008
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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.

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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1. m. Vegetación formada por matas y arbustos que crece bajo los árboles de un bosque.

El sotobosque es muy espeso en esta zona.
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Definition from Real Academia Española, Word reference:
1. m. Vegetación formada por matas y arbustos que crece bajo los árboles de un bosque.

El sotobosque es muy espeso en esta zona.

Example sentence(s):
  • Sotobosque se le llama a cualquier grupo de arbustos encontrado debajo o cerca de un árbol o bosque. Aunque normalmente al sotobosque se lo toma solamente como estos arbustos en los bosques no perennes, también puede incluir los arbustos en lugares como la Sabana Africana. - Wikipedia  
  • Los felinos constituyen el grupo más grande de mamíferos depredadores del sotobosque. - Mongabay  
  • Hubo un día, en el cual el sotobosque de Camargo era un ecosistema natural, una gran extensión verde que servía de alimento y refugio a centenares de organismos animales. - El mineral digital  
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Yes  Barbara Thomas
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  -> Muchas gracias.

Yes  slothm
2 days 18 hrs
  -> Gracias, slothm.

Yes  Fernando Trucco: agree; Parte del bosque situada por debajo del dosel, formada por arbustos, árboles jóvenes y hierbas; (http://www.chilebosque.cl/diccionario/index.php?a=term&d=19&...
2 days 20 hrs
  -> Tiene un sonido tan bonito, como de poema... gracias.
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