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Isolated Trees and Grass Removal Improve Performance of Transplanted Trema micrantha (L.) Blume (Ulmaceae) Saplings in Tropical Pastures

Literature: Journal Articles

García-Orth, X. & Martínez-Ramos, M. 2009, "Isolated Trees and Grass Removal Improve Performance of Transplanted Trema micrantha (L.) Blume (Ulmaceae) Saplings in Tropical Pastures", Restoration Ecology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 24-34.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author: X. García-Orth, email


  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Antigua Carretera a Pátzcuaro 8701, Col. San José de La Huerta, C.P. 58195, Morelia, Michoacán, México


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Species Info

  • Trema micrantha


  • This research evaluates the survival and growth of saplings of Trema micrantha when transplanted into recently abandoned pastureland in southeast Mexico.
  • Trema micrantha is a pioneer species native to Mexico with ecological and physiological properties that would make it viable for planting in open fields.
  • Saplings were planted in 2004 and evaluated every three months for the following year.
  • At 1 year after planting 53% of saplings had survived, with survival higher in areas that underwent grass treatment.
  • Saplings under the canopy of isolated tree demonstrated increased height and crown cover faster than those in open pasture.
  • Overall, the authors suggest that with planting in the vicinity of isolated trees and with grass treatment, transplanted saplings can be used for rainforest restoration to bypass early successional stages.


  • Mexico
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