Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador pp 409-415

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 198)

Succession Stages of Vegetation Regeneration: Secondary Tropical Mountain Forests

  • A. Martinez
  • M. D. Mahecha
  • G. Lischeid
  • E. Beck

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Martinez
    • 1
  • M. D. Mahecha
    • 2
  • G. Lischeid
    • 3
  • E. Beck
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Plant Physiology, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER)University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for BiogeochemistryJenaGermany
  3. 3.Ecological Modelling, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER)University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  4. 4.Department of Plant Physiology, Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Ecosystem Research (BayCEER)University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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