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Ecology, livelihoods, and management of the Mauritia flexuosa palm in South America

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dc.contributor.author Virapongse, Arika
dc.contributor.author Endress, Bryan A.
dc.contributor.author Gilmore, Michael P.
dc.contributor.author Horn, Christa M.
dc.contributor.author Romulo, Chelsie
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-08T17:35:23Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-08T17:35:23Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11354
dc.description.abstract Mauritia flexuosa is a key ecological and economic palm found throughout tropical South America. To inform improved management of M. flexuosa, we conducted a systematic review of published information about the ecology, livelihoods, and management of M. flexuosa, synthesized the information and identified knowledge gaps, and analyzed the spatial distribution of publications. A total of 143 documents (primary research, literature reviews, and grey literature) were reviewed. Most published information originates from Peru and Brazil, with a disproportionate number of documents based in the Loreto Department of Peru. Significant geographical gaps in published information exist, especially in the northern portion of the species range. Existing literature emphasizes M. flexuosa fruit, although leaves, oil, and other products play important roles economically. To improve M. flexuosa management, we recommend that future research focuses on: (1) M. flexuosa availability; (2) harvest and cultivation; (3) development of consistent methods and standards; (4) landscape-level issues like land use change; (5) M. flexuosa within broader systems; (6) spatial gaps in research; (7) long-term research; and (8) multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
dc.title Ecology, livelihoods, and management of the Mauritia flexuosa palm in South America en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.gecco.2016.12.005


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