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Marcela A. Bustamante-Sánchez and Juan J. Armesto Seed limitation during early forest succession in a rural landscape on Chiloé Island, Chile: implications for temperate forest restoration Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 23 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02179.x

Forest succession in this rural landscape may be delayed or arrested by extremely low seed rain, despite the proximity (<100 m) of seed sources in older forest patches. Although artificial perches significantly enhance inputs of bird-dispersed tree seeds into shrublands, especially where fleshy-fruited pioneer species are absent from the seral community, they do not overcome other site-related barriers to establishment, as the lack of shaded places and limited soil drainage. Thus, in some ecological contexts, multiple approaches, such as direct seeding or planting, and the use of nurse plants, may be required to enhance seed rain and seedling establishment of fleshy-fruited species.

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