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Succession and management of tropical dry forests in the Americas: Review and new perspectives

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Quesada, M. Sanchez-Azofeifa, G. A., Alvarez-Anorve, M., Stoner, K. E., Avila-Cabadilla, L., Calvo-Alvarado, J., Castillo, A., Espirito-Santo, M. M., Fagundes, M., Fernandes, G. W., Gamon, J., Lopezaraiza-Mikel, M., Lawrence D., Cerdeira Morellato, L. P., Powers, J. S., Neves, F., Rosas-Guerrero, V., Sayago, R., Sanchez-Montoya, G., 2009, Succession and management of tropical dry forests in the Americas: Review and new perspectives, Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management, vol 258, Issue 6, , pp. 1014–1024

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Corresponding author: (M. Quesada)


  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 27-3 (Xangari), Morelia, Michoacan 58089, Mexico
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Escuela de Ingenieria Forestal, Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Departamento de Biologia Geral/CCBS, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros, Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Departamento de Botaˆnica, IB – UNESP, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Departments of Plant Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA


Forest Ecology and Management

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  • The article emphasis the importance of understanding of successional processes in Tropical dry forests and gives an overview of the current knowledge, the ecology and management implications in tropical dry forest ecosystems.
  • It argues that the rapid increasing forest degradation and deforestation make the tropical secondary forest of the future and points out gaps of knowledge that should be addressed in future research.
  • Aspects covered in the article related to ecosystem succession include: Issues associated to tropical dry forest succession, plant diversity and composition, plant phenology and remote sensing, pollination, and animal–plant interactions.
  • Furthermore the authors stress the importance of understanding social processes in relation to deforestation and degradation in the regions of tropical dry forests since the focus of research in generally lies in wet forests.

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