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The role of seed banks in vegetation dynamics and restoration of dry tropical ecosystems

Literature: Journal Articles

Skoglund, J., 1992. "The role of seed banks in vegetation dynamics and restoration of dry tropical ecosystems." Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 357-360.

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  • Corresponding Author: Jerry Skoglund
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  • Department of Ecological Botany, Uppsala University, Box 559, S-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden


Journal of Vegetation Science

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Species Info

  • Ceonothus spp.
  • Arctostaphylos spp.
  • Acacia spp.
  • Banksia spp.
  • Brosimum alicastrum
  • Havardia albicans
  • Acacia pennatula
  • Leucaena leucocephala


  • This paper reviewed the studies on seed banks in tropical dry forests, comparing them with some wet tropical and subtropical vegetation.
  • Review showed that seed banks in dry tropical forests tend to be low and they are density dependant on moisture levels of the area in question. Subtropical seed banks had similar values to dry tropical forests. Majority of the seeds are from pioneer forests.
  • Various Acacia spp. seeds were found to have long viability, spanning to decades, as a survival strategy. Some species like Banksia spp. store their seeds in the canopy, supposedly an adaption to fire. Acacia spp. is generally positively affected by fire.
  • Recruitment from the seedbank is dependent on favourable conditions on soil parameters, human activities.


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