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Abandoned pastures cannot spontaneously recover the attributes of old-growth savannas
Active restoration strategies have been recommended to recover Neotropical savannas in abandoned lands, but no studies have investigated the trajectories and speeds of spontaneous recovery for these systems. Research into ...
The recovery rates of secondary savannas in abandoned pastures are poorly explained by environmental and landscape factors
Question: Assessing the natural regeneration potential of degraded savannas is a crucial step in restoration planning, since that assessment will define the need for and costs of active intervention. Predicting natural ...
Changes in irradiance and soil properties explain why typical non-arboreal savanna species disappear under tree encroachment
(Csiro Publishing, 2016-01-01)
Savanna vegetation maintains its openness and its diverse plant composition because of frequent fire events; however, when these are suppressed, encroachment is caused by increases in the tree density. In the neotropical ...
Photosynthetic responses of understory savanna plants: Implications for plant persistence in savannas under tree encroachment
Savannas are ecosystems where plants are expected to have leaf-level adaptations conferring tolerance to high irradiances, which characterizes this type of open canopy vegetation. The neotropical savannas of Brazil (Cerrado) ...
Savannas after afforestation: Assessment of herbaceous community responses to wildfire versus native tree planting
Afforestation and fire exclusion are pervasive threats to tropical savannas. In Brazil, laws limiting prescribed burning hinder the study of fire in the restoration of Cerrado plant communities. We took advantage of a 2017 ...
The structure of an earth-mound field of the Brazilian Savanna
The campos de murundus (literally “mound fields”) are intriguing landscapes composed of earth-mounds. These microreliefs occur in transition areas between the plateau and hydromorphic areas of the Brazilian Savanna. Several ...
Resource Availability Shapes Fire-filtered Savannas
Spatial Patterns Of Two Co-occurring Savanna And Forest Tree Species In A Dense Fire-protected Savanna Fragment
(Soc Botanica BrasilSão Paulo, 2016)