Ecological restoration success is higher for natural regeneration than for active restoration in tropical forests

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Science Advances  08 Nov 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 11, e1701345
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701345

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vol. 3 no. 11

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  • Received for publication April 26, 2017
  • Accepted for publication October 16, 2017

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  1. Renato Crouzeilles1,2,3,*,
  2. Mariana S. Ferreira4,5,
  3. Robin L. Chazdon1,6,,,
  4. David B. Lindenmayer7,
  5. Jerônimo B. B. Sansevero8,
  6. Lara Monteiro1,
  7. Alvaro Iribarrem1,2,
  8. Agnieszka E. Latawiec1,2,9,10 and
  9. Bernardo B. N. Strassburg1,2,3
  1. 1International Institute for Sustainability, 22460-320 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  2. 2Rio Conservation and Sustainability Science Centre, Department of Geography and the Environment, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, 22453-900 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  3. 3Programa de Pós Graduação em Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 68020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  4. 4Laboratory of Vertebrates, Department of Ecology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 68020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  5. 5Mestrado Profissional em Ciências do Meio Ambiente, Universidade Veiga de Almeida, 20271-901 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.
  6. 6Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA.
  7. 7Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, 2601 Canberra, Australia.
  8. 8Department of Environmental Sciences, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, 23890-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  9. 9Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Informatics, University of Agriculture in Krakow, 116B 30-149 Krakow, Poland.
  10. 10School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: renatocrouzeilles{at}
  • Present address: Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia.

  • Present address: Global Restoration Initiative, World Resources Institute, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA.


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