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Responses of 20 native tree species to reforestation strategies for abandoned farmland in Panama

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Hooper, E., Condit, R. & Legendre, P. 2002, "Responses of 20 native tree species to reforestation strategies for abandoned farmland in Panama", Ecological Applications, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1626-1641.


  • Department of Biology, McGill University, Canada
  • Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Department de Sciences Biologiques, Universite de Montreal, Canada


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Species Info

  • Annona spraguei
  • Antirrhoea trichantha
  • Byrsonima crassifolia
  • Calophyllum longifolium
  • Carapa guianensis
  • Ceiba pentandra
  • Dipteryx panamensis
  • Genipa americana
  • Hampea appendiculata
  • Heisteria concinna
  • Jacaranda copaia
  • Lindackeria laurina
  • Ormosia macrocalyx
  • Posoqueria latifolia
  • Spondias mombin
  • Sterculia apetala
  • Trattinickia aspera
  • Trema micrantha
  • Virola surinamensis
  • Vochysia ferruginea


  • Species selection trials were conducted to test how native tree species grew in stands of the invasive grass Saccharum spontaneum with varying shade and mowing treatments.
  • Most tree species responded favorably to treatments that reduced the grass biomass. In many cases germination was higher with shading treatments.
  • Mowing increased light availability, but also increased temperature and decreased soil moisture. Some species did not respond favorably to this reduced protection from irradiation and moisture loss.
  • The species tested germinated under different treatments.
  • General trends: small-seeded species responded best with 75% shade; light demanding species germinated best in thrice-mown treatments; shade tolerant and small-seeded species germinated best with only shading treatments; large-seeded species germinated among the grass with less treatment needed.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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