[Mastwatch] Casual observations at Gunung Palung

Serge Wich sergewich1 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 12 11:57:46 PDT 2011

Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for reminding me of this point. A tricky point since
quite a few forests have been impacted by logging to some extent.

Best wishes,


-----Original Message-----
From: Ashton, Peter [mailto:pashton at oeb.harvard.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:17 PM
To: Serge Wich; 'Andrew J. Marshall'; mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
Subject: RE: [Mastwatch] Casual observations at Gunung Palung

Hi Serge,

Bear in mind that free standing trees, in botanical gardens or even
selectively logged forests, do tend to flower more frequently, that is
outside mast years (see literature by Appanah, Yap, S.K., Ng, F.S.P. etc on
experience from the Malaysian Forest Research Institute)

From: mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net
[mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net] On Behalf Of Serge Wich
[sergewich1 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:23 PM
To: 'Andrew J. Marshall'; mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Casual observations at Gunung Palung

Hi everyone,

Thanks Andy, good to hear about the mast. Here in the north of Sumatra we
think we have a mast up in the far north on a new orangutan reintroduction
site we just opened. We are collecting data there on phenology so with
hindsight I hope we will be able to tell whether this was a true mast. In
another area up in the hills 45 minutes from Medan in an old botanical
garden there seems to be a mast as well, but we have no data from there, but
when I visited many species were flowering. Unfortunately Andy and I share
difficulties at our research sites and we have not been able to collect our
regular phenology data in Ketambe so we have no info from there on the mast.
A real loss, but the site was closed due to political reasons for a few

I also have a question. With all the mast info from casual observations and
phenology datasets I was wondering whether there is a sense in putting all
of this in a database that is or is not spatially explicit and perhaps do
some analyses on it. It would still be nice to understand more about masting
and where it occurs and how synchronous it is over larger areas or what
time-shifts are between areas. I have no idea how much data there are, but
it might be something to try to do together?



From: mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net
[mailto:mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net] On Behalf Of Andrew J.
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:46 PM
To: mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
Subject: [Mastwatch] Casual observations at Gunung Palung

Hi everyone,

            A quick note from Gunung Palung. I was just up at Cabang Panti,
our research station. It was a short trip, so I didn't do any focused pheno
work myself (although our assistants are still doing monthly monitoring of
stems in our plots). But I did notice that a several Shorea individuals
(including, but not limited to, S. quadrinervis) were fruiting, along with a
few other taxa that seem generally to restrict fruiting at our site to
community-wide masts (e.g., Willughbeia, Diospyros,  Dillenia,
Whitfordiodendron). I'll let you know when we know more (assuming we are
still collecting data- our park head has just ordered the site closed
temporarily to deal with illegal logging in the site, which has already
affected one of our long term plots).


On Aug 6, 2011, at 9:20 AM, Colin Maycock wrote:

Hi All,

Things are about to start flowering in Sepilok. I did a quick check on some
of the Dipts that lead off our GF events (Shorea confusa and Dipterocarpus
applanatus) and have flower buds on these. These are relatively rare species
in Sepilok i.e. only 3 and 5 individual in our 160 Dipt plot - so it is hard
to know at this stage how big the event will be.

I also have bud starting to develop on Shorea xanthophylla - but at this
stage they are tiny and can only be see when you are in the canopy.

Last year we had about ~60% of the adult dipts flower i.e. 3253 trees of the
5549 in our 160 ha Dipterocarp plot flowered.  We saw lots of variation in
terms of the % individuals that flowered among the different species ranging
from 0 % in Anisoptera costata up to 93% for Shorea multiflora.

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