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Smithsonian tropical research institute


The Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) is a global network of forest research plots that study tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The first plot was established on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama, in 1980. The network now comprises over forty forest research plots across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The major focus is on tropical regions. CTFS monitors the growth and survival of about 4.5 million trees of approximately 8,500 species. Ongoing research and outreach efforts work to: "increase scientific understanding of forest ecosystems, guide sustainable forest management and natural-resource policy, monitor the impacts of climate change, build capacity in forest science."


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Center for Tropical Forest Science. About. Retrieved March 18, 2012 from



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