Species Characteristics

Early Growth of Native and Exotic Trees Planted on Degraded Tropical Pasture

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This study describes the potential of two exotic and five native tree species to restore degraded land in Costa Rica.

Research Goals & Methods

Thirty blocks were established over 25 hectares of abandoned cattle pasture and tree height was measured at 3 and 7 years and tree survival was measured after 7 years.

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Growth and effects of thinning of mixed and pure plantations with native trees in humid tropical Costa Rica

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As reforestation with native tree species gains in popularity, more information about proper management is needed. This study examines the growth and responses to thinning of ten native species in mixed and pure-species plantations in the Caribbean Lowlands of Costa Rica.

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Crescimento de mudas de Euterpe edulis Martius em resposta a diferentes doses de fósforo (Growth of seedlings of Euterpe edulis Martius in response to different doses of phosphorous)

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Pure and Mixed Forest Plantations with Native Species of the Dry Tropics of Costa Rica: A Comparison of Growth and Productivity

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This research monitored the growth and survival of 13 natives species in pure and mixed-species plantations, and compared the results to measurements of T. grandis, an exotic species commonly planted in the area.

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Effects of Different Light Levels on the Initial Growth and Photosynthesis of Croton urucurana Baill. in Southeastern Brazil

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This study measures the effect of different levels of shading on growth, chlorophyll concentration, and photosynthetic rate of Croton urucurana, a pioneer species potentially important in reforestation efforts in riparian forests of Brazil.

Research Goals & Methods

The authors tested seedlings at 0% shade (full sunlight), 30% shade, 50% shade, and 70% shade.

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How Successful is Tree growing for Smallholders in the Amazon?

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This study compares donor-driven and smallholder-initiated tree growing projects in the Amazon to assess outcomes such as tree survival, commercialization success, and environmental benefits of two different approaches to tree planting. Such research is important for understanding the limitations of both smallholder and donor-driven tree growing for reforestation, and for improving production of forest products outside of natural forests. The study also emphasizes the importance of capturing local knowledge.

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Deficiência de macronutrientes em mudas de Sangra d’Agua (Croton urucurana, Baill.)

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Seed development, yield and quality of two palm species growing in different tropical forest types in SE Brazil: implications for ecological restoration

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Natural forest remnants have been set as seed production fields to supply seeds of native tree species for tropical forest restoration, but the effect of different forest types on seed production has not been accessed to date for palm species. This study reports on seed development, yield, and quality of two palm species in different tropical forest types in SE Brazil.

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A Review of Dipterocarps: Taxonomy, Ecology and Silviculture

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This edited volume provides a detailed introduction to the ecology and silviculture of dipterocarp trees.

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Establishment and Growth of Living Fence Species: An Overlooked Tool for the Restoration of Degraded Areas in the Tropics

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This article describes three studies conducted in Honduras which examined the potential of using living fence species in restoration.

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