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Title Contagious seed dispersal and shared natural enemies: factors promoting tropical tree diversity?
Period 05 / 2007 - 12 / 2010
Status Completed
Research number OND1320376
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Abstract

We study the occurrence and consequences of "contagious dispersal" and "apparent competition" in the tropical moist forest of Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. Aims are to (1) determine to what degree seed dispersal is spatially contagious, (2) investigate the consequences of contagious dispersal for patterns of seed survival and seedling establishment, and (3) evaluate whether contagious dispersal and apparent competition can promote tree species coexistence.

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Other involved organisations

Wageningen Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

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Supervisor Prof.dr.ir. H. Olff
Researcher Dr.ir. P.A. Jansen

Classification

A14000 Nature and landscape
D22200 Biogeography, taxonomy
D22400 Ecology

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