Ecology and management of a neotropical rainforest: lessons drawn from Paracou, a long-term experimental research site in French Guiana
Elsevier, 2004 - Nature - 311 pages
In 1982, the "Sylvicultural research on the natural forest stands of French Guiana" operation was initiated, and since then, the Paracou experimental site has been a favourite place for basic logical research concerning the structure, dynamics, diversity and functioning of the lowland rainforest of coastal French Guiana. The site offers more than 100 hectares of plots where trees are fully mapped, and an experimental design combining logging and thinning with undisturbed controls, allowing assessment of the impact of well-documented disturbances on the characteristics of various forest stands and tree populations. In this book, 40 authors summarize their experience and results at Paracou. Topics include (i) forest structure and floristic composition; (ii) ecosystem-level carbon dynamics; (iii) light requirements, patterns of water use and root symbiotic status of the main species; (iv) gene flow and genetic diversity; (v) regeneration strategies, growth behaviour and dynamics of stands before and after sylvicultural operations; (vi) modelling forest dynamics. A final chapter discusses the practical lessons for forest management that have resulted from research operations at Paracou. This book is intended for advanced students and researchers in tropical forestry and ecology, as well as forest managers and decision-makers concerned by the potential impact of human actions on tropical forest ecosystems.
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Aubl Baraloto basal area Benth biomass bottomlands Buchmann Caesalpiniaceae canopy Carapa procera carbon isotope Chapter characteristics clusters cm DBH coccinea cochlearia de,ity density diameter classes Dicorynia guianensis distribution dynamics ecological ecosystem effect Eperua Eperua falcata Eperua grandiflora Eschweilera estimated evolution Favrichon forÍt French Guiana functional genetic diversity Gourlet-Fleury Guehl Guiana shield guianensis Aubl guyanaise Guyane francaise height growth heliophilic inventory Iryanthera Jacaranda copaia Kourou leaf legumes Licania logging matrix model michelii microhabitats Mimosaceae mortality N2-fixing nodules number of trees observed Oecologia Paracou Paracou plots parameters period plants potential Pouteria prouacensis Qualea Qualea rosea recruitment regeneration Sabatier sampling saplings seed seedlings SELVA shade tolerance silvicultural silvicultural treatments soil spatial patterns species groups stands structure Symphonia globulifera T2 and T3 Table total number transects tree species trees/ha tropical forests tropical rain tropical rainforests variability Virola Vouacapoua americana