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Answers to questions: why tropical forests are so ecologically diverse?

Working with high-resolution satellite imaging technology, researchers from Brown University and the University of California, Los Angeles have uncovered new clues in an age-old...

Why are tropical forests so diverse?

Ecologists have long struggled to explain why tropical forests have so many different species of trees. One dominant theory to emerge contends that each...

Time is running out in the tropics

A global biodiversity collapse is imminent unless we take urgent, concerted action to reverse species loss in the tropics, according to a major scientific...

Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent species loss

Tropical forests are rich in carbon and biodiversity. As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests...

Scientists trace prioritary areas for conservation

Identifying priority areas for action is a major challenge in biodiversity conservation projects. A group of researchers have chosen an approach based on past...

Diverse tropical forests grow fast despite widespread phosphorus limitation

Accepted ecological theory says that poor soils limit the productivity of tropical forests, but adding nutrients as fertilizer rarely increases tree growth, suggesting that...

Price of stored carbon in forests must increase to defend against rubber

Payments to protect carbon stored in forests must increase to defend against rubber plantations Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia for the carbon...

Tropical trees use unique method to resist drought

Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the University...

Declines of specific animal species affect Amazonian forests

Human hunting of large Amazon rain forest animals--such as spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, tapirs and white-lipped peccaries, as well as some bird species such...

Hunting is changing forests, but not as expected

When it comes to spreading their seeds, many trees in the rainforest rely on animals, clinging to their fur or hitching a ride within...

Mapping the first family tree for tropical forests

More than 100 researchers have collaborated to classify the world's tropical forests according to their evolutionary history, a process that will help researchers predict...

Tropical forests threatened by adjacent oil palm plantations

A new study led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has warned of the threat that oil palm production poses to tropical forests. Over...

African deforestation not as great as feared

The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence...

Scientists discover 6 new species of beetles in Borneo

Scientists estimate that 80% of the world's animal and plant species are still unknown. Although the work of taxonomists (whose job is to describe...

Restoration success higher with natural regeneration

Ecological restoration success is higher for natural regeneration than for active restoration in tropical forests Restoration of deforested and degraded forest areas can be accomplished...