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Tropical dry forest recovery: processes and causes of change

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Lebrija-Trejos, E. 2009, "Tropical dry forest recovery: processes and causes of change," Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, p. 189.

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  • Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Wageningen University

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  • This thesis discusses tropical dry forest secondary succession following shifting-cultivation practices, with a particular focus on community dynamics, the development of forest structure, and changes in floristic composition.
  • The work begins with a section on the use of tree rings to determine the ages of fallows.
  • Findings on chronosequence patterns of change in forest diversity, structure and species composition in tropical dry forest are presented.
  • The author finds that secondary succession of the tropical dry forest is strongly driven by a common set of deterministic, underlying factors.
  • The author explains how understory environmental conditions change as succession progresses and with regard to seasonality, and presents these changes as determinants of floristic composition.

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