Research: Veracruz biodiversity

by JulieCraves on December 6, 2005

Pineda, E., C. Moreno, F. Escobar, and G. Halffter.  2005. Frog, bat, and dung beetle diversity in the cloud forest and coffee agrosystems of Veracruz, Mexico. Conservation Biology 19: 400-410.

Cloud forest fragments and shade coffee plantations were compared in central Veracruz.  Diversity of frogs was one-fifth less in coffee; one-third of the frog species occurred in both forests and coffee plantations. Beetle diversity and abundance was greater in coffee plantations than forest fragments. Bat diversity and abundance was the same in both coffee and forest.

The authors concluded that shade coffee plantations connect forest fragments and act to preserve biodiversity, but act as a complement, not a substitute, for montane cloud forests.

Revised on June 12, 2014

Posted in Birds and other biodiversity,Coffee regions,Research on coffee growing

Esther February 15, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Your blog is exceptional and very valuable. My husband and I live in the municipality of Xico, in Veracruz. We actually almost accidentally had our own small coffee crop (shade-grown, organic, at least this year, and probably for some time). We are very interested in coffee from the perspective of people here and would like to find out how to extend the sustainable umbrella to our neighborhood so that people can make more money than they do and can do it in a way that cares for our absolutely incredibly beautiful area.

I have mentioned coffee on my blog:

BirdBarista February 15, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Esther, thanks for writing! I can recommend a book I am currently reading, Organic Coffee: Sustainable Development by Mayan Farmers. Although it deals with southern Mexico, it is an excellent overview of organic coffee growing issues from the perspective of small producers. I have bookmarked your blog, and also appreciate your praise! Keep in touch.

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