The persistence of ancient forest garden tree communities suggests that ancient Maya forest gardeners may have recognized and exploited ecological characters that enhanced the stability of the garden community---synergisms. Using the mapping data, a randomization method for spatial analysis was developed to investigate potential synergistic relationships between forest garden species. The analysis revealed that 58 pairs of species tended to qclusterq together significantly more often in the High density areas than would be expected in a random distribution. In Low density plots, only 12 pairs of species exhibited a significant qclusteredq spatial relationship. This research provides data on the long-term impacts of Maya forests gardens for use in development of future conservation models. For Mesoamerican conservation programs to work, we must understand the complex ecological and social interactions within an ecosystem that developed in intimate association with humans.... The Maya lived under the canopy of the Mesoamerican forests for millennia ( Ford 2005, Gill 2000, Gomez-Pompa and Kaus 1999). ... The ecological significance of the Mayan management of their local biodiversity for the maintenance of ecosystem services is reflected ... Biodiversity and the processes driving it are the focus of many studies, motivated particularly by increasing threats to natural habitatsanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Impact of Ancient Maya Forest Gardens on Modern Tree Species Composition in NW Belize|
|Author||:||Nanci Jane Ross|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|