Countering the Effects of Tropical Deforestation with Modern Technology

  • Ariel E. Lugo
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 32)


Through history, humans have mistreated forests by clearing extensive areas without giving attention to the regeneration of new tree crops. The vast tropical lands of Central America were once deforested to support the civilizations that existed before the European discovery of America. Today, ecologists studying forests in Panama or Costa Rica find charcoal, ruins, and human artifacts in the soil profiles of, what appear to be, virgin forests. The dramatic return of forests occurred not because of human management, but because humans abandoned the lands.


Tropical Forest Acid Rain Species Extinction Tissue Culture Technique Tropical Deforestation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ariel E. Lugo
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  1. 1.Institute of Tropical Forestry, Southern Forest Experiment StationU.S. Department of Agriculture Forest ServiceRio Piedras, Puerto RicoUSA

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