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dc.contributor.authorGeiger, Erika L.-
dc.contributor.authorGotsch, Sybil G.-
dc.contributor.authorDamasco, Gabriel-
dc.contributor.authorHaridasan, Mundayatan-
dc.contributor.authorFranco, Augusto C.-
dc.contributor.authorHoffmann, William Arthur-
dc.description.abstractQuestions: Has fire suppression relaxed barriers to the exchange of species between savanna and forest? Do all species or a subset of species participate in this exchange? Would current vegetation structure persist if fire suppression were to cease? Location: A gallery forest edge in the Cerrado region of central Brazil that burned only once in the past 35 years. Methods: Density of tree seedlings, saplings and adults, leaf area index (LAI), tree basal area and diameter were surveyed in 12, 10m × 70m transects centred on and perpendicular to the forest-savanna boundary. Community composition was assessed using non-metric multi-dimensional scaling (NMDS). Results: Basal area and LAI declined substantially from forest to savanna, with an associated shift in species composition. Savanna tree species were nearly absent in the forest, but accounted for the majority of stems in the savanna. In contrast, forest species comprised 14% of adults and more than one-third of juveniles in the savanna. Despite the high diversity of trees (85 species) in the forest, five species play a particularly large role in this initial phase of forest expansion. Reintroduction of fire, however, would result in widespread topkill of juveniles and the majority of adult forest trees, thereby interrupting the succession towards forest. Conclusions: After 35 years during which the site burned only once, the savanna still remains dominated by savanna species. Nevertheless, the dominance of forest juveniles in border and savanna tree communities suggests that with a continued policy of fire suppression, the forest will continue to expand. © 2011 International Association for Vegetation Science.en
dc.relation.ispartofVolume 22, Número 2, Pags. 312-321pt_BR
dc.subjectBasal Areaen
dc.subjectFire Managementen
dc.subjectForest Edgeen
dc.subjectForest Firesen
dc.subjectLeaf Area Indexen
dc.subjectPopulation Densityen
dc.subjectSpecies Diversityen
dc.subjectSpecies Occurrenceen
dc.subjectTropical Environmenten
dc.subjectVegetation Structureen
dc.titleDistinct roles of savanna and forest tree species in regeneration under fire suppression in a Brazilian savannaen
dc.publisher.journalJournal of Vegetation Sciencept_BR
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