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Seed inputs to microsite patch recovery on two tropandean landslides in Ecuador

Literature: Journal Articles

Myster, R. W. & Sarmiento, F. O. 1998, "Seed inputs to microsite patch recovery on two tropandean landslides in Ecuador", Restoration Ecology, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 35–43.


o   Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico, P. O. Box 363682, San Juan, PR 09036 U.S.A.
o   Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602–2022 U.S.A.


o   Landslides in the tropical Andes are often facilitated by earthquakes and rain.
o   Inventoried seeds and seedlings at 10-year old landslide sites.
o   Found a very high rate of seed rain (2.25 seeds / m^2 / day), mostly Asteraceae and Piperaceae.
o   Found a large moss concentration, which enhances germination by retaining water and scars seed coats.
o   Authors believe 1) that that their catalogue of seeds and seedlings should be used in future landslide restoration; 2) forest soil should be added to ensure nutrients and mycorrhizae; 3) layering should be done with moss; 4) nurse trees should be planted

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Ecuador
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