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Pattern and structure along gradients in natural forests in Borneo and in Amazonia; their significance for the interpretation of stand dynamics and functioning Rain forest regeneration and management

by Whitmore, T.C; Hadley, M. eds; Bruenig, E.F; Gómez Pompa, A; UNESCO, París (Francia). Man and the Biosphere Programme.
Series: Man and the Biosphere Series (Francia).Publisher: París (Francia) Parthenon 1991Description: p. 235-243.Subject(s): ESTRUCTURA DEL BOSQUE | DINAMICA DE LA POBLACION | REGENERACION NATURAL | BOSQUE TROPICAL HUMEDO | VENEZUELA | MALASIA | NATURAL REGENERATION | TROPICAL RAIN FORESTS | VENEZUELA | MALAYSIA | REGENERATION NATURELLE | FORET TROPICALE HUMIDE | VENEZUELA | MALAISIE In: Summary: Two areas of tropical rain forest on strongly developed edaphic gradients have been analyzed for pattern; San Carlos de Rio Negro in Venezuela and Sabal Forest Reserve in Sarawak, Malaysia. The two areas have almost identical soil types and show distinct but differently patterned catenas of micro-relief and soil types. The climatic conditions and the correlated physiognomic features of the forest associations are almost identical. Tree species distribution patterns are, however, different between the two areas, indicating differences in dynamics and regeneration. The implications for research and management are discussed. The hypothesis that pattern is related to dynamics, and consequently should be a useful indicator for regeneration mechanisms and phasic developments, is being tested through continuing comparative research in Sabal (Sarawak), Danum (Sabah), Bawang Ling/Hainan (China) and San Carlos de Rio Negro (Venezuela).
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Two areas of tropical rain forest on strongly developed edaphic gradients have been analyzed for pattern; San Carlos de Rio Negro in Venezuela and Sabal Forest Reserve in Sarawak, Malaysia. The two areas have almost identical soil types and show distinct but differently patterned catenas of micro-relief and soil types. The climatic conditions and the correlated physiognomic features of the forest associations are almost identical. Tree species distribution patterns are, however, different between the two areas, indicating differences in dynamics and regeneration. The implications for research and management are discussed. The hypothesis that pattern is related to dynamics, and consequently should be a useful indicator for regeneration mechanisms and phasic developments, is being tested through continuing comparative research in Sabal (Sarawak), Danum (Sabah), Bawang Ling/Hainan (China) and San Carlos de Rio Negro (Venezuela).

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