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Persistent Soil Seed Banks for Natural Rehabilitation of Dry Tropical Forests in Northern Ethiopia

Gebrehiwot, K.; Heyn, M.; Reubens, B.; Hermy, M.; Muys, B.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2007 Journal: Tropicultura, volume 25, issue 4, pages 204-214 (issn: 0771-3312, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux
Dry tropical forests are threatened world-wide by conversion to grazing land, secondary forest, savannah or arable land. In Ethiopia, natural dry forest cover has been decreasing at an alarming rate over the last decennia and has reached a critical level. Efforts like the rehabilitation of dry forests to curb this ecological degradation, need a stronger scientific basis than currently available. The aim of the present research was to test the hypothesis whether soil seed banks can contribute to natural forest regeneration in the dry forest of Ethiopia. Therefore, the composition of the seed bank in relation to vegetation and abiotic environment was analysed in f...
free text keywords: Seed bank, Dry forests, Natural regeneration, Deforestation, Forest relic, Ethiopia, lcsh:Agriculture, lcsh:S
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