Tropical Forest Synergies

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Science  10 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5447, pp. 2093-2094
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5447.2093

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The effects of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on weather are well documented, but ENSO also influences flowering and fruiting of trees in tropical forests. In a Perspective, Hartshorn and Bynum describe new findings ( Curran et al.) showing that mass seed production by dipterocarp canopy trees in the Bornean rainforest is dependent on ENSO. They further discuss the negative synergy between logging and dipterocarp recruitment both in and outside of protected areas.