Self Perpetuating Bamboo Disturbance Cycle In A Neotropical Forest

Researchers reviewed the reason behind the damage caused to elevated trees in Madre de Dios, Peru. The team wanted to prove that bamboo loading results in higher levels of physical damage to the trees. To confirm their theory, the researchers established 12 inventory plots. In some plots, the team planted samplings, and in other plots, they planted samplings and bamboo. The team added artificial metal trees in eight of the sections. They discovered that after one year, the bamboo dominated test plots had severe tree damage. Researchers concluded that in some forest areas, bamboo overloads and compresses trees, which causes a continuous cycle of disturbance.

A self perpetuating bamboo disturbance cycle in a neotropical forest 2006