The effect of a pine plantation on a native subparamo system in the Andes of Colombia (3 100 In above sea level) was studied. The vegetation of an 8 year-old plantation with Pinus patula was compared to that of the surrounding native subparamo. 59 plots made in the subparamo vegetation contained 121 vascular plant species. These plots were classified into three subparamo communities and one Andean scrub community. Sixty-four plots made in the pine plantation contained 76 vascular plant species and were subdivided into four classes of pine cover. With increasing pine cover, pine plantation plots tended to become less similar to the subparamo communities. Habitat-specific subp ramo species tended to disappear with increasing pine cover. After controlling for the effects of environmental variables in a partial canonical correspondence analysis, pine cover had a significant impact on plant species patterns. It is concluded that afforestation with Pinus patula resulted in strong negative effects on diversity and composition of the subparamo vegetation at the study site. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
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