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David Douterlungne, Evert Thomas and Samuel I. Levy-Tacher Fast-growing pioneer tree stands as a rapid and effective strategy for bracken elimination in the Neotropics Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 28 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12077

Mayan subsistence farmers traditionally use balsa to out-compete invasive weeds, including bracken fern. Here, we highlight the usefulness of this method for quick and effective bracken control in southern Mexico. This approach, in combination with balsa's short rotation cycle, creates opportunities to rapidly convert bracken land into forest stands with commercial potential, thus providing local income and increasing the likelihood of adoption by rural people. We encourage further research to test the potential of balsa and other fast-growing pioneer trees species for controlling bracken and similar weeds.

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