The Role of Rustic Coffee Plantations in the Conservation of Wild Tree Diversity in the Chinantec Region of Mexico
This study examines the potential of shade coffee systems to promote native tree diversity across the landscape of southern Mexico.
Research Goals & Methods
Twenty-two coffee plantations, representing a range of elevation and age of development, were sampled to assess their species compositions. In total, 45 species (34 tree species) were recorded in the plantations, and 77% of them were native species.
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Coffee yields and soil nutrients under the shades of Inga sp. vs. multiple species in Chiapas, Mexico
The type of canopy structure that provides shade to shade-grown coffee may make a difference in production. While Mexican coffee producers have often sought to replace a natural diverse canopy with Inga latibracteata alone, the benefits of either method for yield and for ease of management have not been adequately studied.
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