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Hans Juergen Boehmer, Helene H. Wagner, James D. Jacobi, Grant C. Gerrish and Dieter Mueller-Dombois Rebuilding after collapse: evidence for long-term cohort dynamics in the native Hawaiian rain forest Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 27 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12000

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A widespread canopy dieback affected Hawaii's rainforests in the 1970s. Our long-term observations in permanent plots support the 1987 conceptual model of forest regeneration which predicts rebuilding of the forest with the same canopy species. The lack of association with substrate age suggests that the long-term maintenance of tree cohorts may be related rather to climatic anomalies than to volcanic disturbance.

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