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Tropical Tree Distribution Could Have Implications For Forest Management, Conservation

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The sheer diversity of tropical forests -- where 130 acres can contain as many as 1,100 tree species and 366,000 individual trees -- has long clouded the basic ecological question of whether tropical trees of the same species are "aggregated" or dispersed randomly across the landscape.

The sheer diversity of tropical forests -- where 130 acres can contain as many as 1,100 tree species and 366,000 individual trees -- has long clouded the basic ecological question of whether tropical trees of the same species are "aggregated" or dispersed randomly across the landscape. A census of six large plots of 25 to 52 hectares (60 to 130 acres) in five South American and Asian countries is described in this week's Science and shows most tropical trees are aggregated, or clumped. The size of the data set should help end decades of debate on this subject, according to Patrick Baker, co-author and doctoral student at the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources.


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