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The effect of rabbit herbivory on reforestation of abandoned pasture in southern Costa Rica

Literature: Journal Articles

Holl, K.D. & Quiros-Nietzen, E. 1999, "The effect of rabbit herbivory on reforestation of abandoned pasture in southern Costa Rica", Biological Conservation, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 391-395.

Contact Info


  • Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
  • Centro para la Biología de la Conservación, Apartado 208, San Vito, Coto Brus, Costa Rica


Biological Conservation

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Species Info

  • Ocotea whitei
  • Sideroxylon portoricense
  • Vochysia allenii


  • Trees were planted in open pasture and under remnant pasture trees of Inga edulis and Inga punctata.
  • Of the seedlings, 64% had rabbit damage and only 26% survived at two years after planting.
  • Seedings cut by rabbits had lower growth rates than uncut seedlings. Sideroxylon pororicense seedlings that were cut by rabbits had higher height growth in areas under remnant trees that other species.
  • The author recommends larger spatial and temporal studies to evaluate the effect of rabbit herbivory on restoration of tropical forest.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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