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Large animals invaluable for tree-seed dispersal and regeneration of tropical forests via @mongabay

Large animals invaluable for tree-seed dispersal and regeneration of tropical forests via @mongabay

Nearly two-thirds of tropical forests in Southeast Asia have been degraded by logging, agriculture and other human uses, and their fauna have been decimated by hunting and the bushmeat trade. But if those degraded tropical forests are to recover naturally, they will need to rely on their remaining large wild animals to disperse large tree seeds, according to a new study. The study published in mongabay.org's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science examined the importance of large mammals such as wild primates, deer, civets, wild pigs, and tapirs to the dispersion of large seeds throughout the Harapan Rainforest of Sumatra, which has been degraded by logging and agriculture. The researchers found that large, wide-ranging, animals were vital to the restoration process of this forest, and by extrapolation other degraded forests across Southeast Asia. The Harapan Rai...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0330-montoro-tcs-animal-see...

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