What is it about?

Bracken fern is a long-lived clonal plant and forms monodominant stands with dense canopies that may be associated with regeneration failure in deforested areas. How forest recovery is impeded in areas dominated by this fern remains poorly understood. Our results show that that bracken-dominated clearings are locally abundant and persistent and that recruitment is limited by seed arrival.

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Why is it important?

This study is part of our wider investigation to try and understand how bracken hinders tree regrowth with a view to helping guide restoration.

Perspectives

The study sheds light on the hitherto little-studied bracken problem in African Highlands. I think forest ecologists and managers will find it useful.

Fredrick Ssali
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Tree seed rain and seed removal, but not the seed bank, impede forest recovery in bracken (Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn)-dominated clearings in the African highlands, Ecology and Evolution, April 2018, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3944.
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