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Hyperdominance in the Amazonian Tree Flora
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The finding that Amazonia is dominated by just 227 tree species implies that most biogeochemical cycling in the world’s largest tropical forest is performed by a tiny sliver of its diversity. Expand
RAPELD: A MODIFICATION OF THE GENTRY METHOD FOR BIODIVERSITY SURVEYS IN LONG-TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH SITES.
Our objectives were to develop a method that would be appropriate for long-term ecological studies, but that would permit rapid surveys to evaluate biotic complementarity and land-use planning inExpand
Markedly divergent estimates of Amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites
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Pantropical biomass maps are widely used by governments and by projects aiming to reduce deforestation using carbon offsets, but may have significant regional biases and carbon accounting techniques must be revised to account for the known ecological variation in tree wood density and allometry. Expand
Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling
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It is found that dominance of forest function is even more concentrated in a few species than is dominance of tree abundance, with only ≈1% of Amazon tree species responsible for 50% of carbon storage and productivity. Expand
Gradients within gradients: The mesoscale distribution patterns of palms in a central Amazonian forest
Questions: What are the relative contributions of environmental factors and geographic distance to palm community structure at the mesoscale, and how do they depend on the length of the environmentalExpand
Steege Hyperdominance in the Amazonian Tree Flora
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Hans ter Steege Hyperdominance in the Amazonian Tree Flora and its consequences are illustrated by a large number of simple and complex graphs. Expand
Diversity enhances carbon storage in tropical forests
Aim: Tropical forests store 25% of global carbon and harbour 96% of the world's tree species, but it is not clear whether this high biodiversity matters for carbon storage. Few studies have teasedExpand
Amazon forest carbon dynamics predicted by profiles of canopy leaf area and light environment.
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Despite significant site differences in canopy structure and carbon dynamics, the relation between biomass growth and light fell on a unifying curve, suggesting that knowledge of canopy structure can explain variation in biomass growth over tropical landscapes and improve understanding of ecosystem function. Expand
Mesoscale distribution patterns of Amazonian understorey herbs in relation to topography, soil and watersheds
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The results indicate high turnover in species composition, on spatial scales of 5‐10 km in central Amazonia, which is not necessarily associated with soil change, and knowledge of geographical, historical or other landscape features, such as watershed morphology, may therefore be necessary to predict the turnover patterns over mesoscales. Expand
The importance of hydraulic architecture to the distribution patterns of trees in a central Amazonian forest.
Species distributions and assemblage composition may be the result of trait selection through environmental filters. Here, we ask whether filtering of species at the local scale could be attributedExpand
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