Seed rain in remnant forests and an oil palm plantation in Jambi province, Sumatra

Birte Cordts will compare seed rain between

  • a) the oil palm plantation in Humusindo (B11 study site), a forest fragment close to Humusindo and Harapan rainforest, as well as
  • b) along a distance gradient from the oil palm plantation to the forest fragment.
The project aims on determining patterns in species diversity and turnover from collected seeds as well as dispersal related seed traits between the three sampling areas as well as the determination of the range in which a neighboring forest fragment affects the seed rain in an oil palm plantation.

Seeds will be collected in traps from September - December 2014 in each of the three sampling areas and, furthermore, in different distances between the oil palm plantation and the forest fragment.