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2012-05-03. Rebirth Control: Lessons Learned from 90 Years of Rainforest Regeneration |

posted Aug 26, 2012, 11:46 AM by Alan Gould
by  John Pickrell, Scientific American. An article relevant to GSS A New World View chapter 5. Excerpt: …here at Kepong, 16 kilometers north of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, … what seems to the untrained eye to be dense primary rainforest is in fact an area that was denuded as recently as the 1920s. Scrubby vegetation, made up of grasses, ferns and fast-growing pioneer bushes and trees, was all that remained after the forest had been stripped to allow tin mining and vegetable cultivation. …in 1926 pioneering forestry scientists in the pay of the British colonial government started a grand experiment to reseed, and it … has slowly been regenerating for nearly 90 years. Today the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has a regeneration experiment that covers 500 hectares …. "This is certainly one of the oldest rainforest regeneration experiments around—…—and it's really big in scale," says Bill Laurance, … expert on tropical forests at James Cook University…. reforestation experiments are ongoing in many parts of the tropical world: "in Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, Puerto Rico, tropical Australia and other locales. … These kind of experiments "tell us a lot about rebuilding a rainforest," he says, as well as inform us about "what we can do that will help forests recover their biodiversity, carbon storage and other ecological functions in as short a time as possible—and hopefully in a way that roughly approximates the forest that was there originally." …View a slideshow of the Malaysian rainforest regeneration…. Read the full article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=malaysian-rainforest-regeneration