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  • ECUADORIAN ANDES

    Landscape attributes determine restoration outcomes in the Ecuadorian Andes

    By Romaike S. Middendorp Landscape attributes can determine reforestation rates and, ultimately, the biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits of second-growth forests. Ecologists recognize the importance of landscape-scale variation, including distance to forest remnants, local forest cover, and heterogeneity of land cover, for reforestation. Policymakers increasingly develop plans for forest restoration

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    Ants love second-growth forests!

    By Ricardo Solar That rates of forest loss in the tropics are alarming is no novelty. Several human activities, including selective logging, cattle ranching, and agriculture, have led to widespread fragmentation, deforestation and forest degradation. Thus, tropical forests are embedded in a complex mosaic of several human land-use systems. These

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    Biodiversity plantings speed up forest recovery in Australian rainforests

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Literature Coordinator A fundamental choice for tropical reforestation projects is whether to plant trees or rely on natural regeneration to restore tree cover and other ecological properties. Both methods have costs; natural regeneration can be slow and unpredictable, while tree planting can be considerably more expensive

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    From research to forests: PARTNERS’ second meeting sets an agenda for making reforestation happen

    By Sarah Wilson I’ve been fascinated with tropical forests since I learned they existed. To a five-year old growing up on the flat, windy prairies of Canada, they were the perfect thing – lush, warm, mysterious, and full of danger, excitement, and adventure. The possibilities for discovery seemed endless. Today,

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    Superior survival of nitrogen-fixing trees during succession in Costa Rican rainforests

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Literature Coordinator Nitrogen availability limits plant growth in many ecosystems, including some tropical forests. Some tree species have adapted by partnering with nitrogen-fixing bacteria that can convert inert nitrogen gas in the atmosphere into a biologically-available nutrient. The potentially huge amount of nitrogen these tree species

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