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Modelling seed dispersal and tropical forest regeneration :application to Staudtia kamerunensis in the WWF Lake Tele-Tumba Landscape in DR Congo
English
Coos, William mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Forêts, Nature et Paysage > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Dury, Marie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Modélisation du climat et des cycles biogéochimiques >]
Trolliet, Franck mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Biologie du comportement - Ethologie et psychologie animale >]
Hambuckers, Alain mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Biologie du comportement - Ethologie et psychologie animale >]
Huynen, Marie-Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Biologie du comportement - Ethologie et psychologie animale >]
François, Louis mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Modélisation du climat et des cycles biogéochimiques >]
Jun-2014
No
Yes
International
First International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin
6-10 June 2014
Consortium Congo 2010
Kisangani
RD Congo
[en] Unsustainable hunting and slash-and-burn farming in tropical forests can lead to the empty forest syndrome. It is characterized by the loss of key species essential in the maintenance and regeneration of the forest. Indeed the main mechanism of this regeneration is seed dispersal, which for tropical trees is usually driven by animals, and the alteration of this process through a reduction of the disperser population may have serious consequences on forest composition. Computer models are powerful tools to study these processes, not only towards a better understanding of the key mechanisms controlling tropical forest regeneration, but also with the aim of optimising forest management and exploitation to reach a better equilibrium between tropical tree species and their seed dispersers.
This study describes a seed dispersal module ultimately developed to analyze the regeneration of the rainforest in the WWF Lake Tele – Lake Tumba Landscape in RD Congo (BIOSERF project funded by Belgian Science Policy). The module has been developed to upgrade the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model, which is used in the BIOSERF project. Data are derived from a field study in which we analyzed seed dispersal of a common tree species (Staudtia kamerunensis) and we determined the community of its main dispersers (largely dominated by the hornbill Bycanistes albotibialis). Additional data (density of S. kamerunensis, habitat use and retention time in the digestive tract of hornbills to simulate dispersal kernel) were obtained from literature and satellite images. Different simulations were performed to represent seed rain over time and a survival rate was applied to show the regeneration. The module was able to provide a percentage of recolonization of degraded places. In the end, this result was compared to field studies, which provide close percentage of recolonization
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/178430

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