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Title:Island Biogeography and Restoration: The Role of Living Fence Islands as Regeneration Foci in the Rehabilitation of Degraded Lands in Honduras
Author(s):Zahawi, Rakan Ammar
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Augspurger, Carol K.
Department / Program:Plant Biology
Discipline:Plant Biology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Biology, Botany
Abstract:A total of 543 seedlings of 41 species established in islands. Seedling number did not differ among island types, although a trend toward greater density was apparent in artificial islands. Species richness was greater in Gliricidia islands than in Bursera or open pasture islands. Seedlings were also quantified in a 1m strip surrounding artificial islands, suggesting that islands can expand into surrounding pasture over time. Lastly, artificial islands (notably Gliricidia) created a microenvironment more favorable for seedling establishment by reducing temperature and light extremes as compared to open pasture. Given the problems associated with rehabilitation of tropical pastures, artificial islands present a simple, non-labor intensive technique for facilitating forest regeneration.
Issue Date:2003
Description:157 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3102007
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2003

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