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Daisy H. Dent, Saara J. DeWalt and Julie S. Denslow Secondary forests of central Panama increase in similarity to old-growth forest over time in shade tolerance but not species composition Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 3 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01482.x

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The conservation potential of secondary forests depends on how rapidly and predictably tree communities reassemble in regenerating forests. Our data from secondary forests in central Panama suggest that changes in species composition over succession are unpredictable, but functional composition follows a more deterministic and predictable trajectory with convergence on old-growth over time. The image, which shows Charles Lindbergh flying over Gatun Lake, Panama in 1928, was one of many aerial images used to age forests in this study.

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