Epiphytes of the Tropics-Outline

This topic submitted by Ann Reynolds ( reynola1@miamioh.edu) at 10:36 AM on 3/13/03.

Miami has 100s of acres of beautiful Natural Areas which lend themselves to research projects! (Quicktime movie~4 mb). On the same walk, I spotted my first garter snake of the spring! In another 1 mb quicktime movie, a pair of mallard ducks lands in Harkers Run in Bachelor Woods

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

My paper and discussion will present fascinating information on these plants in the sky. Epiphytes are integral components of the tropical ecosystem, functioning in harmony with a variety of plant and animal species. They also serve as valuable indicators of disturbance.

I. What is an epiphyte?
A. Distinguishing features
B. Orchids
C. Bromeliads

II. Epiphytes and their friends
A. Mosquitos
B. Frogs
C. Ants

III. Epiphytes and ecology
A. Forest nutrients
B. Water
C. Pollination and seed dispersal

IV. Epiphytes and you
A. Forest conservation
B. Commercial value
C. Pollution
D. Epiphytes as indicators

Hietz, P. (1999,November). Diversity and conservation of epiphytes in a changing environment. Presented at the International Conference on Biodivesity and Bioresources: Conservation and Utilization, Phuket, Thailand.

Stancato, G.C., Mazzafera, P., Buckeridge, M.S. (2001). Effect of a drought period on the mobilisation of non-structural carbohydrates, photosynthetic efficiency and water status in an epiphytic orchid. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 39:11, p. 1009-1016



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