Restoration of genetic diversity in the dry forest tree Swietenia macrophylla (Meliaceae) after pasture abandonment in Costa Rica.

@article{Cspedes2003RestorationOG,
  title={Restoration of genetic diversity in the dry forest tree Swietenia macrophylla (Meliaceae) after pasture abandonment in Costa Rica.},
  author={Manuel C{\'e}spedes and Mar{\'i}a Victoria Guti{\'e}rrez and Noel Michele Holbrook and O J Rocha},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={12 12},
  pages={3201-12}
}
We studied the levels of genetic diversity of Swietenia macrophylla (big leaf mahogany) in five successional plots in the Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We selected sites with different lengths of time since the last major disturbance (typically fire): 6, 9, 15 and 20 years. In addition, we also included a patch of mature forest that had experienced selective logging and other human activity in the past 100 years. Genetic diversity was assessed using five polymorphic DNA… CONTINUE READING
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