Size structure of a dominant neotropical forest tree species, Dicymbe altsonii, in Guyana and some factors reducing seedling leaf area

Isaacs, R. and Gillman, Michael P. and Johnston, M. and Marsh, F. and Wood, B. C. (1996) Size structure of a dominant neotropical forest tree species, Dicymbe altsonii, in Guyana and some factors reducing seedling leaf area. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 12 (4). pp. 599-606. ISSN 0266-4674

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266467400009810

Documents
Size structure of a dominant neotropical forest tree species, Dicymbe altsonii, in Guyana and some factors reducing seedling leaf area

Request a copy
[img] PDF
__ddat02_staffhome_jpartridge_Size structure of a dominant neotropical forest tree species.pdf - Whole Document
Restricted to Repository staff only

646kB
Item Type:Article
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

There has recently been a renewal of interest in the phenomenon of tree species dominance in tropical forests (Condit et al. 1992, Connell & Lowman 1989), following the observations of Richards more than 40 years ago that tropical tree
communities often show marked patterns of species dominance (Richards 1952). Thus, whilst a large tree species pool is present in tropical forests there may be factors operating, such as the ectomycorrhizal associations suggested by Connell & Lowman (1989), which facilitate a marked dominance by one or more species, resulting in a reduction of ecological diversity. The quantification of such dominance and the investigation of the factors contributing to dominance are therefore primary goals of tropical forest ecology.

Keywords:Dicymbe altsonii, Dicymbe altsonii, community composition, epiphyll, forest, herbivory, leaf area, size structure, Guyana
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
Related URLs:
ID Code:15521
Deposited On:20 Oct 2014 11:40

Repository Staff Only: item control page