Succession Stages of Vegetation Regeneration: Secondary Tropical Mountain Forests
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.
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