Sadly, Catedral (a beautiful tree in some of our primary forest) collapsed recently, in late March. What does this mean for the forest? When such a huge biomass collapses, it creates a large gap in the forest, and the light penetrates to the ground. Light is energy, and energy leads to change. The ground dries out, but pioneer tree species will occupy the ground very soon. Pioneer tree species – we are talking about possibly 100 tree species that may be competing among each other. The number may be very high, because this forest belongs to the tropical moist evergreen forests (=many tree species). Generally such large gaps are occupied first by species that have smaller seeds, that are very often transmitted by birds or bats. These tree species are fast growing with a shallow root system. This succession is taking place right now.

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