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Title: Vegetation assessment of native tree species in Broussonetia papyrifera-dominated degraded forest landscape in southern Ghana
Authors: Agyeman, Victor K.
Addo-Danso, Shalom D.
Kyereh, Boateng
Abebrese, Isaac K.
Keywords: Invasive species
Native tree species
Paper mulberry
Tropical dry forest landscape
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Applied Vegetation Science
Abstract: Question: Does the invasive tree species Broussonetia papyrifera facilitate the natural regeneration of native tree species in a degraded tropical forest landscape? Location: AframHeadwaters Forest Reserve, southern Ghana. Methods: We established sampling areas and assessed seedlings and saplings <5 cm DBH in nine habitats. The habitats were logging road, skid trail, large canopy gaps dominated by B. papyrifera, large canopy gaps dominated by invasive Chromolaena odorata, Nauclea diderrichii plantation, Mansonia altissima plantation, Terminalia ivorensis plantation, abandoned farmland and unlogged forest. Results: We found that the abundance of pioneers declined with increasing abundance of B. papyrifera. This trend was more pronounced in the farmland and in the N. diderrichii plantation. By contrast, increased abundance of B. papyrifera did not lead to a decrease in the abundance of the shade-tolerant species. B. papyrifera seedlings and saplings were absent in the forest understorey. We also found a lower abundance and richness of some vulnerable tree species and valuable timber species in the N. diderrichii plantation and in gaps dominated by B. papyrifera. However, we recorded both shade-tolerant and shade-intolerant species in the gaps dominated by B. papyrifera. Conclusions: We found both shade-tolerant and shade-intolerant species in the B. papyrifera-dominated gaps. This can provide a basis for future studies to explore the potential of such tree species in restoration programmes targeted at B. papyrifera-invaded sites. Our results also suggest that the integrity of the undisturbed forest patches in the landscape must be protected to help prevent B. papyrifera from spreading further. We suggest further studies should be conducted at replicated sites with a similar habitat that represent varying levels of invasion by B. papyrifera to draw conclusions regarding the species’ potential to facilitate regeneration of native tree species.
Description: This article is published in Applied Vegetation Science and also available at Doi: 10.1111/avsc.12241
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13513
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