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Record number 549022
Title Biodiversity recovery of Neotropical secondary forests
Author(s) Rozendaal, Danaë M.A.; Bongers, Frans; Aide, T.M.; Alvarez-Dávila, Esteban; Ascarrunz, Nataly; Balvanera, Patricia; Becknell, Justin M.; Bentos, Tony V.; Brancalion, Pedro H.S.; Cabral, George A.L.; Calvo-Rodriguez, Sofia; Chave, Jerome; César, Ricardo G.; Chazdon, Robin L.; Condit, Richard; Dallinga, Jorn S.; Almeida-Cortez, Jarcilene S. De; Jong, Ben de; Oliveira, Alexandre De; Denslow, Julie S.; Dent, Daisy H.; Dewalt, Saara J.; Dupuy, Juan Manuel; Durán, Sandra M.; Dutrieux, Loïc P.; Espírito-Santo, Mario M.; Fandino, María C.; Fernandes, G.W.; Finegan, Bryan; García, Hernando; Gonzalez, Noel; Moser, Vanessa Granda; Hall, Jefferson S.; Hernández-Stefanoni, José Luis; Hubbell, Stephen; Jakovac, Catarina C.; Hernández, Alma Johanna; Junqueira, André B.; Kennard, Deborah; Larpin, Denis; Letcher, Susan G.; Licona, Juan-Carlos; Lebrija-trejos, Edwin; Marín-Spiotta, Erika; Martínez-Ramos, Miguel; Massoca, Paulo E.S.; Meave, Jorge A.; Mesquita, Rita C.G.; Mora, Francisco; Müller, Sandra C.; Muñoz, Rodrigo; Oliveira Neto, Silvio Nolasco De; Norden, Natalia; Nunes, Yule R.F.; Ochoa-Gaona, Susana; Ortiz-Malavassi, Edgar; Ostertag, Rebecca; Peña-Caros, Marielos; Pérez-García, Eduardo A.; Piotto, Daniel; Powers, Jennifer S.; Aguilar-Cano, José; Rodriguez-Buritica, Susana; Rodríguez-Velázquez, Jorge; Romero-Romero, Marco Antonio; Ruíz, Jorge; Sanchez-Azofeifa, Arturo; Almeida, Arlete Silva De; Silver, Whendee L.; Schwartz, Naomi B.; Thomas, William Wayt; Toledo, Marisol; Uriarte, Maria; Sá Sampaio, Everardo Valadares De; Breugel, Michiel van; Wal, Hans van der; Martins, Sebastião Venâncio; Veloso, Maria D.M.; Vester, Hans F.M.; Vicentini, Alberto; Vieira, Ima C.G.; Villa, Pedro; Williamson, G.B.; Zanini, Kátia J.; Zimmerman, Jess; Poorter, Lourens
Source Science Advances 5 (2019)3. - ISSN 2375-2548 - 10 p.
Department(s) Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Abstract Old-growth tropical forests harbor an immense diversity of tree species but are rapidly being cleared, while secondary forests that regrow on abandoned agricultural lands increase in extent. We assess how tree species richness and composition recover during secondary succession across gradients in environmental conditions and anthropogenic disturbance in an unprecedented multisite analysis for the Neotropics. Secondary forests recover remarkably fast in species richness but slowly in species composition. Secondary forests take a median time of five decades to recover the species richness of old-growth forest (80% recovery after 20 years) based on rarefaction analysis. Full recovery of species composition takes centuries (only 34% recovery after 20 years). A dual strategy that maintains both old-growth forests and species-rich secondary forests is therefore crucial for biodiversity conservation in human-modified tropical landscapes.
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