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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Seed bank and seed rain in a seasonal semi-deciduous forest in south-eastern Brazil
Author: Grombone-Guaratini, MT
Rodrigues, RR
Abstract: To examine the influence of seasonality on the abundance and composition of species in the community, we studied the seed rain and the seed bank in a seasonal, semi-deciduous forest in south-eastern Brazil. Soil samples (depth 3 cm, 0.25 m(2)) were collected within a 1-ha plot in the dry seasons of 1996 and 1997 and the rainy season of 1997 (84 samples per collection). Thirty-five seed traps (0.25 m(2) each) were placed randomly in the forest from March 1997 to February 1998. The greatest density of seeds in the soil occurred in samples collected during the rainy season, the period which coincides with the main fruiting period in this forest.. The Sorensen similarity index values for the seed bank composition among the three periods were high (> 0.50). The fallout of propagules was strongly seasonal, with more than half of the annual total number of seeds being caught in the two months around the end of the dry season and beginning of the rainy season. The mean density of seeds in the soil bank was nearly 86% lower than the seed rain density. There was no clear evidence of seasonal effects on species density and richness in this forest.
Subject: dispersal
seed rain
tropical forests
Country: EUA
Editor: Cambridge Univ Press
Citation: Journal Of Tropical Ecology. Cambridge Univ Press, v. 18, n. 759, n. 774, 2002.
Rights: embargo
Identifier DOI: 10.1017/S0266467402002493
Date Issue: 2002
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