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Conservation Biology

Miller, Christopher [1].

Population Dynamics and Restoration of Mauritia flexuosa palm swamps (aguajales) in the Peruvian Amazon.

Mauritia flexuosa (aguaje) is a dioecious palm species found throughout in the Amazon Basin and can form dense mono-dominant stands in wetlands (aguajales). This species is widely harvested for its economically important fruits in the Peruvian Amazon, which are widely eaten by many forest mammals and birds. In recent decades the widespread destructive harvesting of aguaje has resulted in little or no regeneration of the aguajal ecosystem. The absence of Mauritia in these wetlands has resulted in an apparent Allee effect; in turn, this causes a widespread change in ecological succession. This study examines recent efforts to restore these aguajales along the Tahuayo River in Loreto Province, Peru and a study on the population dynamics of this species.

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1 - Saint Leo University , Science, P.O. Box 6665 MC 2127, Saint Leo, FL, 33576, USA

Keywords:
Mauritia flexuosa
Amazon
Palm
conservation
restoration
Population structure
tropics
Peru.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 45
Location: Waterman Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 11:15 AM
Number: 45005
Abstract ID:726


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