Albertine Rift

WCS Albertine Rift News

A workshop was held at the Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation, Uganda which brought scientists from across Africa with long term data on flowering and fruiting of forest trees to assess patterns in phenology across the continent. Datasets from seventeen research stations were available with at least six years of continuous data and the general patterns and trensd in fruiting and flowering assessed. These trends were related to measures of global climate, particularly ENSO events such as El Nino and La Nina events. The results show significant effects of climate related to flowering of trees but they are not necessarily consistent across the continent. Further analyses will be made in due course to assess why there may be differences
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