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Effects of forest floor environment on germination and seedling establishment of two Bornean rainforest emergent species

Journal of Tropical Ecology

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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      Seeds ofDryobalanops aromaticaandD. lanceolata(Dipterocarpaceae) were sown in gaps and understorey on a ridge and a valley in a Bornean rainforest. Germination rates were 92–100% regardless of site and species. On the ridge, the proportion of seedlings that opened primary leaves was larger inD. aromatica(19–30%) than inD. lanceolata(7–19%) due to higher root predation onD. lanceolata. In the valley, on the other hand, the proportion was larger inD. lanceolata(71–74%) than inD. aromatica(56%). After primary leaf production, seedlings of both species had higher survivorship in the gaps than in the understorey. Interactions between predators, soil conditions and light environment and their effects on seedling establishment are discussed.

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            Journal
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            Journal of Tropical Ecology
            J. Trop. Ecol.
            Cambridge University Press (CUP)
            0266-4674
            1469-7831
            November 1995
            July 2009
            : 11
            : 04
            : 517-527
            10.1017/S0266467400009068
            © 1995

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