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Factors affecting community composition of forest regeneration in deforested, abandoned land in Panama

Literature: Journal Articles

Hooper, E.R., Legendre, P. & Condit, R. 2004, "Factors affecting community composition of forest regeneration in deforested, abandoned land in Panama", Ecology, vol. 85, no. 12, pp. 3313-3326.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author:


  • Department of Biology, McGill University, 1205 avenue Docteur Penfield, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3A 1B1

  • Départment de sciences biologiques, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 3J7

  • Center for Tropical Forest Science, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Unit 0948, APO AA 34002-0948 USA



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Species Info

  • Gustavia superba
  • Piper marginatum
  • Cochlospermum vitifolium
  • Spondias mombin
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Cecropia insignis
  • Byrsonima crassifolia
  • Inga vera
  • Banara guianensis
  • Trichospermum galeotti
  • Trema micrantha
  • Swartzia simplex (var. ochnacea)
  • Hybanthus prunifolius


  • In an area of previously abandoned pasture, this study tests the affect that competition with the invasive grass Saccharum spontaneum, low seed dispersal, and fire on the species composition of early forest regeneration.
  • The composition of regeneration greatly differed by distance from the forest.  
  • The authors found that fire decreased species richness; most species had reduced resprouting ability and seed germination after the fire.
  • Only one species (Thevetia ahouai) had increased resprouts and recruits after fire while 14 species demonstrated decreased recruits and resprouts after fire. Near the forest, increasing age since the fire resulted in more large-animal-dispersed seeds.
  • The authors assert that proximity to and the species identity of remnant vegetation can significantly increase the regeneration of species over time.  

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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