Big-Leaf Mahogany is the most important commercial timber species of the tropics. Current debate concerning whether to protect it as an endangered species has been hampered by the lack of complete, definitive scientific documentation. This book reports on vital research on the ecology of big-leaf mahogany, including genetic variations, regeneration, natural distribution patterns and the silvicutural and trade implications for the tree.
An Assessment of the Distribution and Status of Big-Leaf Mahogany.- Mahogany: Tree of the Future.- Genetic Varioation, Population Differentiation, and Mating Systems in Natural Populations of Mahogany in the Beni, Bolivia.- Genetic Resources of Swietenia maccrophylla and Cedrela odorata in the Neotropics: Priorities for Coordinated Actions.- Phenotypical Variation and Preliminary Results of the Central American Collection of Swietenia macrophylla.- Comparisons of the Nutritional Status of Mahogany Plantations in Puerto Rico Assessed Through Leaf Analysis.- Preliminary Observations on the Regeneration Status of Mahogany in Closed and Logged Forests of Southeastern Para, Brazil.- Large-Scale Forest Disturbance Caused by Episodic Flooding and Alluvial Deposition Promotes the Regeneration of Big-Leaf Mahogany in the Bolivian Amazon.- Population Biology of Mahogany in Northern Belize.- Response of Mahogany Seedlings to Drought Stress.- The Performance of Big-Leaf Mahogany on a Favorable Site in Puerto Rico.- Big-Leaf Mahogany and its Silviculture in Martinique.- Silvicultural Systems for Mahogany Plantations.
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