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Repeated burning undercuts Amazon rainforest recovery

Repeated burning undercuts Amazon rainforest recovery Jeremy Hance mongabay.com September 26, 2011 The Amazon rainforest can recover from logging, but has a far more difficult time returning after repeated burning, reports a new study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science . In areas where the Amazon had been turned to pasture and was subject to repeated burning, Visima trees become the dominant tree inhibiting the return of a biodiverse forest. The key to the sudden domination of Visima trees, according to the study, is that these species re-sprout readily following fires; a capacity most other Amazonian trees lack. "Throughout much of the Amazon Basin, abandoned pastures are often dominated by species of Vismia because it is the only tree genus capable of regenerating shoots from below ground tissues. Repeated burning of pastures kills other ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0926-hance_tcs_visima.html

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