Value of small patches in the conservation of plant-species diversity in highly fragmented rainforest.

@article{ArroyoRodrguez2009ValueOS,
  title={Value of small patches in the conservation of plant-species diversity in highly fragmented rainforest.},
  author={V{\'i}ctor Arroyo-Rodr{\'i}guez and Eduardo Rojas Pineda and Federico Escobar and Julieta Ben{\'i}tez-Malvido},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={23 3},
  pages={729-39}
}
We evaluated the importance of small (<5 ha) forest patches for the conservation of regional plant diversity in the tropical rainforest of Los Tuxtlas, Mexico. We analyzed the density of plant species (number of species per 0.1 ha) in 45 forest patches of different sizes (1-700 ha) in 3 landscapes with different deforestation levels (4, 11, and 24% forest cover). Most of the 364 species sampled (360 species, 99%) were native to the region, and only 4 (1%) were human-introduced species. Species… CONTINUE READING
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