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Tropical Rain Forest

Synopsis
Shows some important ecological features of a tropical evergreen rain forest in Mexico. Filmed at Los Tuxtlas, Southern Veracruz, Mexico, at the forest reserve of the University of Mexico Institute of Biology and features the work of some of their ecologists led by the Director, Professor Jose Sarukhan. Discusses the dynamics of forest recovery by looking at plant succession in natural gaps. Looks at the impact of herbivory by ants and other insects, the symbiosis of a colony of Azteca ants living in a Cecropia tree, the influence of forest regeneration on howler monkeys, white-tailed deer and pecari, the diversity of bats and their role as pollinators and seed dispersal agents, the vertical stratification from the canopy to the forest soil of reptiles and amphibians and the mechanism of seed germination in gaps.
Series
Ecology, Course S326
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
ecosystems; Mexico; rain forests; tropical rain forest ecosystems

Credits

Producer
Tony Jolly

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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