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Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador

Volume 198 of the series Ecological Studies pp 409-415

Succession Stages of Vegetation Regeneration: Secondary Tropical Mountain Forests

  • A. MartinezAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth
  • , M. D. MahechaAffiliated withMax Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • , G. LischeidAffiliated withEcological Modelling, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth
  • , E. BeckAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth

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Successional stages of a vegetation development leading from bare soil to a plant cover dominated by bushes and a few pioneer trees have been described by Beck et al. (see Chapter 27 in this volume). Under optimal conditions this succession continues to a secondary mountain forest. Analyzing this is an enormous challenge, not only from a scientific but also from a logistic viewpoint. Tropical secondary mountain rain forests appear to be the most difficult vegetation type for a systematic investigation.