Responses of 20 Native Tree Species to Reforestation Strategies for Abandoned Farmland in Panama

Hooper, E., R. Condit and P. Legendre

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Deforestation in the tropics often leads to unproductive agriculture and results in abandoned, degraded grasslands that tree species recolonize poorly. To evaluate why forests do not regenerate naturally and to identify potential species for use in reforestation of degraded areas, we planted 15 000 seeds of 20 native tree species, varying in seed size and shade tolerance, in abandoned Panamanian farmland dominated by the exotic grass, Saccharum spontaneum.

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Ecological Applications