Tropical ecology

Tropical ecology is the study of all aspects of the ecology of tropical areas, which are those found approximately 23.5 degrees either side of the Equator. Notable tropical ecosystems include the rainforests of Amazonia, Africa and South East Asia, savannah grasslands and coral reefs.

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    Capacity for carbon capture and storage in forests may not be monolithic but instead a function of complex dynamics of forest strata and age. The smaller trees that make up the understory in African tropical forests store their carbon longer as compared to sub-canopy and canopy trees and they represent a disproportionately large share of the carbon sink, in spite of their small size.

    • Wannes Hubau
    • , Tom De Mil
    • , Jan Van den Bulcke
    • , Oliver L. Phillips
    • , Bhély Angoboy Ilondea
    • , Joris Van Acker
    • , Martin J. P. Sullivan
    • , Laurent Nsenga
    • , Benjamin Toirambe
    • , Camille Couralet
    • , Lindsay F. Banin
    • , Serge K. Begne
    • , Timothy R. Baker
    • , Nils Bourland
    • , Eric Chezeaux
    • , Connie J. Clark
    • , Murray Collins
    • , James A. Comiskey
    • , Aida Cuni-Sanchez
    • , Victor Deklerck
    • , Sofie Dierickx
    • , Jean-Louis Doucet
    • , Corneille E. N. Ewango
    • , Ted R. Feldpausch
    • , Martin Gilpin
    • , Christelle Gonmadje
    • , Jefferson S. Hall
    • , David J. Harris
    • , Olivier J. Hardy
    • , Marie-Noel D. Kamdem
    • , Emmanuel Kasongo Yakusu
    • , Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez
    • , Jean-Remy Makana
    • , Yadvinder Malhi
    • , Faustin M. Mbayu
    • , Sam Moore
    • , Jacques Mukinzi
    • , Georgia Pickavance
    • , John R. Poulsen
    • , Jan Reitsma
    • , Mélissa Rousseau
    • , Bonaventure Sonké
    • , Terry Sunderland
    • , Hermann Taedoumg
    • , Joey Talbot
    • , John Tshibamba Mukendi
    • , Peter M. Umunay
    • , Jason Vleminckx
    • , Lee J. T. White
    • , Lise Zemagho
    • , Simon L. Lewis
    •  & Hans Beeckman
    Nature Plants 5, 133-140
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    Rubber tree plantations have been displacing tropical forests in Southeast Asia, linked to global rubber prices. Forest-to-plantation conversion in Cambodia is correlated with shifts in rubber prices, with a time lag of under a year, showing the link between global commodity markets and deforestation in developing nations.

    • Kenneth Grogan
    • , Dirk Pflugmacher
    • , Patrick Hostert
    • , Ole Mertz
    •  & Rasmus Fensholt
    Nature Plants 5, 47-53

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