Biocultural legacies in urban trees of a tropical city

NEW PAPER: Tree species distributions in tropical cities are shaped by many factors, including colonial history and cultural legacies. Our new paper, led by Nadia Hunte, quantified drivers of urban trees in Georgetown Guyana, South America’s only English-speaking country. The urban trees of Georgetown include several fruit trees that represent the unique cultural heritage of the city, including several species not recorded in cities of neighboring Brazil and Venezuela. These fruit trees include Katahar (a; Artocarpus camansi), a tree likely brought to Guyana by indentured servants from India, and Ackee (b; Blighia sapida) a tree associated with the slave trade from West Africa. Fruit trees in cities reflect unique biocultural legacies and have the potential to promote food security for urban populations. For more details see:

Citation: Hunte, N., A. Roopsind, A. A. Ansari, and T. Trevor Caughlin. 2019. Colonial history impacts urban tree species distribution in a tropical city. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 41:313–322.