29 Sep '14, 9pm

A weed by any other name: remnant shrubs and trees play vital role in regenerating forests

A weed by any other name: remnant shrubs and trees play vital role in regenerating forests

New research in Thailand finds birds and bats key to reforestation efforts Tropical forest restoration projects are exciting research sites for scientists studying factors that affect ecosystem recovery. Here, scientists are trying to understand plant community succession, i.e. the process of recovery after cleared lands are abandoned and allowed to regrow naturally. One of the most important components of this recovery process is seed dispersal, since seeds from nearby forests allow a deforested habitat to become populated again by native plants and trees. Animals play a huge role in seed dispersal in the tropics, especially birds and fruit bats. Both of these animals create 'seed rain' across different habitats as they ingest fruits at one location, and then deposit seeds at another through their feces. In regenerating areas, seed rain is thought to occur mainly by bats ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0929-dangelo-seed-rain-tcs....

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