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Wagneingen University (2009)

Tropical dry forest recovery : processes and causes of change

Lebrija-Trejos, Edwin

Titre : Tropical dry forest recovery : processes and causes of change

Auteur : Lebrija-Trejos, Edwin

Université de soutenance : Wagneingen University

Grade : PhD thesis 2009

Résumé
Seasonally dry areas are one of the preferred zones for human inhabitance in the tropics. Large forest areas are converted to other land uses and many are covered by secondary forests that grow naturally after cessation of disturbance. Surprisingly, secondary succession in these strongly seasonal and drought-stressed areas has been largely neglected. This study combines the classical chronosequence approach complemented with dendrochronological techniques and the direct study of successional changes over time. This allowed to determine distinct pathways of vegetation change and to elicit what makes a specific group of species to be present, dominate, and disappear from a certain space and moment throughout succession. Coupled changes in forest composition, structure, and environmental conditions notably determined community assembly and patterns of species replacement. Temperature and species functional traits are revealed as key factors of successional change. These results significantly contribute to develop an appropriate theory for successional mechanisms in tropical dry forest.

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