Rainforest fragmentation kills big trees

Laurance, William F., Delamônica, Patricia, Laurance, Susan G., Vasconcelos, Heraldo L., and Lovejoy, Thomas E. (2000) Rainforest fragmentation kills big trees. Nature, 404. p. 836.

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[Extract] In tropical forests, large canopy and emergent trees are crucial sources of fruits, flowers and shelter for animal populations 1,2. They are also reproductively dominant 2 and strongly influence forest structure, composition, gap dynamics, hydrology 2 and carbon storage 3. Here we show that forest fragmentation in central Amazonia is having a disproportionately severe effect on large trees, the loss of which will have major impacts on the rainforest ecosystem.

Item ID: 39260
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1476-4687
Keywords: fragmentation, rainforest trees
Funders: Smithsonian Institute
Projects and Grants: Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 04:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 60%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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