Restoring Dry Afromontane Forest Using Bird and Nurse Plant Effects: Direct Sowing of Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata Seeds

Aerts, R., W. Maes, E. November, A. Negussie, M. Hermy and B. Muys

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To identify the perspectives of seed sowing for reforestation of degraded dryAfromontane savanna in exclosures in northern Ethiopia, seeds of a fleshy-fruited, secondary climax tree, Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata, were placed under two pioneer shrub species (Euclea racemosa and Acacia etbaica) and in open microhabitats. Seed removal and germination rates were examined. The effects of bird ingestion, manual pulp removal and mechanical endocarp treatments on germination rates were also studied.

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Forest Ecology and Management