Post-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics

  • Randall W. Myster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Patterns of Living and Non-living Components of Old Fields After Abandonment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Randall W. Myster
      Pages 3-21
    3. Erika Marìn-Spiotta, Daniela F. Cusack, Rebecca Ostertag, Whendee L. Silver
      Pages 22-72
    4. Oscar Abelleira Martínez, Ariel E. Lugo
      Pages 73-92
    5. Yiqing Li, Grizelle González
      Pages 93-114
    6. Grizelle González, Ching-Yu Huang, Shu-Chun Chuang
      Pages 115-138
  3. Mechanisms and Tolerances that Cause Plant-Plant Replacements Producing Old Field Vegetation Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Clara Luz Miceli-Mèndez, Bruce G. Ferguson, Neptalì Ramìrez-Marcial
      Pages 165-191
    3. K. Greg Murray, Kathy Winnett-Murray, Jason Roberts, Katherine Horjus, William A. Haber, Willow Zuchowski et al.
      Pages 192-215
    4. Randall W. Myster
      Pages 216-220
    5. Aldicir Scariot, Daniel L.M. Vieira, Alexandre B. Sampaio, Ernestino Guarino, Anderson Sevilha
      Pages 231-244
  4. Restoration, Management, and the Future of Post-Agricultural Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Brigitte J. Feigl, Carlos Eduardo P. Cerri, Carlos C. Cerri, Marisa C. Piccolo
      Pages 247-264
    3. Randall W. Myster
      Pages 296-304
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About this book


Post-agricultural studies have been central to the development of both the science of plant ecology and ecology in general. The study of old field succession allows us to observe the development of the structure and function of communities, as well as understand the role of history and initial conditions in that process. Understanding old field succession can help the public address important scientific and social issues, such as deforestation and forest regeneration, forest restoration, sustainability of agriculture, maintenance of biodiversity, and impacts of global climate change on forest dynamics.

Post-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics draws implications from scientific studies for the wise management of old field ecosystems in the neotropics, where conversion of land to cropping systems is the most common kind of disturbance and many landscapes are defined by areas recovering from agriculture. Written for scientists, researchers, professionals, and students of ecology, the book provides a background in old field ecosystems and proposes restoration strategies and a trajectory for future research. Farmers and decision makers can also benefit from new farming methodologies and management strategies that are proposed.

About the Author:

Dr. Randall W. Myster is a Researcher at the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico.


Fauna Neotropics Species richness agriculture biodiversity deforestation development ecology ecosystem old field pasture succession sustainability the species richness vegetation

Authors and affiliations

  • Randall W. Myster
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecosystems Studies Institute for Tropical Ecosystems StudiesUniversity of Puerto Rico at Rio PiedrasSan Juan

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