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Journal of Tropical Ecology (2004) 20:483486. Copyright 2004 Cambridge University Press DOI: 10.1017/S0266467404001646 Printed in the United Kingdom
 

Summary: Journal of Tropical Ecology (2004) 20:483­486. Copyright © 2004 Cambridge University Press
DOI: 10.1017/S0266467404001646 Printed in the United Kingdom
SHORT COMMUNICATION
Natural regeneration of subtropical montane forest after clearing fern
thickets in the Dominican Republic
Matthew G. Slocum1
, T. Mitchell Aide
, Jess K. Zimmerman and Luis Navarro
Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 22360, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931­3360, USA
Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936, USA
Departamento de Biolog´ia Vegetal, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Vigo, 36200-Vigo, Spain
(Accepted 16th August 2003)
Key Words: arrested succession, competition, Dicranopteris pectinata, dispersal limitation, disturbance, Dominican
Republic, Reserva Cient´ifica ´Ebano Verde
Tropical forests can recover after anthropogenic
disturbances of light to moderate intensity (Aide et al.
1995, 1996, 2000; Uhl 1987, Uhl et al. 1988); however,
severe disturbances (e.g. compaction or loss of soil) often
result in conditions that prevent forest recovery. These
degraded sites are often dominated by grasses (Aide &

  

Source: Aide, Mitchell - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology