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Restoring tropical diversity: beating the time tax on species loss

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Martínez-Garza, C. and Howe, H. F. 2003, Restoring tropical diversity: beating the time tax on species loss. Journal of Applied Ecology vol. 40, pp. 423–429.

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Corresponding Author: Cristina Martínez-Garza,


  • Department of Biological Sciences (M/C 066), University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607, USA 


Journal of Applied Ecology

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  • The authors describe that regeneration in canopy gaps often results from nearby species which have seeds, seedlings and other plants available to respond to the increased light and soil resources.
  • Meanwhile, for large natural and anthropogenic species, exposed earth is often colonized by invasive and early-successional species and can turn into what the authors call "Pioneer deserts."
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