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Soil-plant-atmosphere interactions in a changing tropical landscape

Grant number: 11/52072-0
Support type:Research Grants - Research Partnership for Technological Innovation - PITE
Duration: April 01, 2013 - July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Cooperation agreement: Microsoft Research
Principal researcher:Rafael Silva Oliveira
Grantee:Rafael Silva Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
City: Campinas
Partner institutions: Microsoft
Associated grant(s):14/50332-2 - Hydraulic factors of rainforest resilience, AP.R
Associated scholarship(s):13/19555-2 - Water use and carbon balance dynamics of cloud forest woody species, BP.DR


Terrestrial ecosystems are major contributors to the global environment as they control significant exchanges of energy, water and other resources between the atmosphere, land surfaces and belowground. Detailed information on ecosystem function, including internai ecological processes, seasonal dynamics, vulnerability to perturbation and response to climate variability is urgently needed, on several timescales for a range of end uses. With the backdrop of concerns over loss of habitat and biodiversity and disruption to carbon and water cycles and related environmental impacts the key thrust of this proposal will be to harness cutting edge technologies to gather fine-grained information on intact versus disturbed mountain forest systems to learn how land management practices can safeguard the functioning of the whole catenary sequence of vegetation types, land forms and landuses which begin in the delicate upper slopes of mountains. The key approaches will be to 1) combine novel suites of sensors to capture complimentary/synergistic information about plants and their environment (e.g. simultaneous measurement of plant growth, water use and atmospheric conditions) and 2) do this in an end-to-end sensing system that can provide detailed and reliable real-time coverage of contrasting environments. We will monitor intact forest, cleared areas, and the transition/boundary zones between them using a broad suite of monitoring tools. By analysing soil water dynamics, whole-plant behaviour and atmospheric conditions we will be able to examine the links between plant ecology and wider biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem functioning. Applying these new tools across gradients in land-use and climate will enable us to robustly test the hypothesis about fragmentation effects on water and carbon dynamics from plant to stand level that are needed to predict large-scale climate feedbacks. (AU)

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Scientific publications (22)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CASSANA, FRANCINE F.; ELLER, CLEITON B.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; DILLENBURG, LUCIA R.. Effects of soil water availability on foliar water uptake of Araucaria angustifolia. PLANT AND SOIL, v. 399, n. 1-2, p. 147-157, . (11/52072-0, 10/17204-0)
PEREIRA, LUCIANO; BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; JUNIOR, MAURO B. M.; BARROS, FERNANDA V.; RIBEIRO, RAFAEL V.; MAZZAFERA, PAULO. Plant pneumatics: stem air flow is related to embolism - new perspectives on methods in plant hydraulics. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, v. 211, n. 1, p. 357-370, . (11/52072-0)
ELLER, CLEITON B.; LIMA, ALINE L.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. Cloud forest trees with higher foliar water uptake capacity and anisohydric behavior are more vulnerable to drought and climate change. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, v. 211, n. 2, p. 489-501, . (13/19555-2, 11/52072-0, 10/17204-0)
D'ANGIOLI, ANDRE MOURO; GORNE VIANI, RICARDO AUGUSTO; LAMBERS, HANS; HELENA FRANKLAND SAWAYA, ALEXANDRA CHRISTINE; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL SILVA. Inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense (Ab-V4, Ab-V5) increases Zea mays root carboxylate-exudation rates, dependent on soil phosphorus supply. PLANT AND SOIL, v. 410, n. 1-2, p. 499-507, . (10/17204-0, 11/52072-0)
BARROS, FERNANDA DE V.; BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; BRUM, MAURO; RESTREPO-COUPE, NATALIA; PEREIRA, LUCIANO; TEODORO, GRAZIELLE S.; SALESKA, SCOTT R.; BORMA, LAURA S.; CHRISTOFFERSEN, BRADLEY O.; PENHA, DELIANE; et al. Hydraulic traits explain differential responses of Amazonian forests to the 2015 El Nino-induced drought. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, v. 223, n. 3, p. 1253-1266, . (13/50533-5, 11/52072-0, 13/50531-2)
BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; BARROS, FERNANDA DE V.; ELLER, CLEITON B.; MUELLER, CAROLINE S.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. The fog regime in a tropical montane cloud forest in Brazil and its effects on water, light and microclimate. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v. 265, p. 359-369, . (11/52072-0)
CRUZ, MARIANA VARGAS; MORI, GUSTAVO MARUYAMA; SIGNORI-MULLER, CAROLINE; DA SILVA, CARLA CRISTINA; OH, DONG-HA; DASSANAYAKE, MAHESHI; ZUCCHI, MARIA IMACULADA; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL SILVA; DE SOUZA, ANETE PEREIRA. Local adaptation of a dominant coastal tree to freshwater availability and solar radiation suggested by genomic and ecophysiological approaches. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 9, . (13/08086-1, 11/52072-0, 13/26793-7, 15/24346-9, 14/22821-9)
ROWLAND, LUCY; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; GILES, ANDRE L.; COUGHLIN, INGRID; COSTA, PATRICIA DE BRITTO; DOMINGUES, TOMAS; FERREIRA, V, LEANDRO; VASCONCELOS, STEEL S.; JUNIOR, JOAO A. S.; et al. Plant traits controlling growth change in response to a drier climate. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, v. 229, n. 3, . (11/52072-0)
BARTHOLOMEW, DAVID C.; BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; DA COSTA, ANTONIO C. L.; BANIN, LINDSAY F.; DE BRITTO COSTA, PATRICIA; COUGHLIN, SARAH I.; DOMINGUES, TOMAS F.; FERREIRA, LEANDRO V.; GILES, ANDRE; MENCUCCINI, MAURIZIO; et al. Small tropical forest trees have a greater capacity to adjust carbon metabolism to long-term drought than large canopy trees. PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, v. 43, n. 10, . (11/52072-0)
BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; DA COSTA, ANTONIO C. L.; GILES, ANDRE L.; COUGHLIN, INGRID; COSTA, PATRICIA B.; BARTHOLOMEW, DAVID C.; FERREIRA, V, LEANDRO; VASCONCELOS, STEEL S.; BARROS, V, FERNANDA; et al. Amazonia trees have limited capacity to acclimate plant hydraulic properties in response to long-term drought. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, v. 26, n. 6, . (11/52072-0)
ELLER, CLEITON B.; BURGESS, STEPHEN S. O.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. Environmental controls in the water use patterns of a tropical cloud forest tree species, Drimys brasiliensis (Winteraceae). TREE PHYSIOLOGY, v. 35, n. 4, SI, p. 387-399, . (13/19555-2, 11/52072-0, 10/17204-0)
OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; ELLER, CLEITON B.; BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; MULLIGAN, MARK. The hydroclimatic and ecophysiological basis of cloud forest distributions under current and projected climates. ANNALS OF BOTANY, v. 113, n. 6, p. 909-920, . (11/52072-0, 10/17204-0)
ALCANTARA, SUZANA; DE MELLO-SILVA, RENATO; TEODORO, GRAZIELLE S.; DREQUECELER, KAMILA; ACKERLY, DAVID D.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. Carbon assimilation and habitat segregation in resurrection plants: a comparison between desiccation- and non-desiccation-tolerant species of Neotropical Velloziaceae (Pandanales). FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, v. 29, n. 12, p. 1499-1512, . (10/17204-0, 10/52174-4, 13/01780-0, 11/52072-0)
CIEMER, CATRIN; BOERS, NIKLAS; HIROTA, MARINA; KURTHS, JUERGEN; MUELLER-HANSEN, FINN; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; WINKELMANN, RICARDA. Higher resilience to climatic disturbances in tropical vegetation exposed to more variable rainfall. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, v. 12, n. 3, p. 174+, . (15/50122-0, 13/50169-1, 11/52072-0)
BRUM, MAURO; TEODORO, GRAZIELLE SALES; ABRAHAO, ANNA; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL SILVA. Coordination of rooting depth and leaf hydraulic traits defines drought-related strategies in the campos rupestres, a tropical montane biodiversity hotspot. PLANT AND SOIL, v. 420, n. 1-2, p. 467-480, . (12/21015-3, 11/52072-0)
BITTENCOURT, PAULO R. L.; PEREIRA, LUCIANO; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. Pneumatic Method to Measure Plant Xylem Embolism. BIO-PROTOCOL, v. 8, n. 20, . (11/52072-0, 17/14075-3)
BRUM, MAURO; VADEBONCOEUR, MATTHEW A.; IVANOV, VALERIY; ASBJORNSEN, HEIDI; SALESKA, SCOTT; ALVES, LUCIANA F.; PENHA, DELIANE; DIAS, JADSON D.; ARAGAO, LUIZ E. O. C.; BARROS, FERNANDA; et al. Hydrological niche segregation defines forest structure and drought tolerance strategies in a seasonal Amazon forest. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, v. 107, n. 1, p. 318-333, . (14/50332-2, 11/52072-0, 13/50533-5)
BARROS, V, FERNANDA DE; BITTENCOURT, PAULO L.; ELLER, CLEITON B.; SIGNORI-MULLER, CAROLINE; MEIRELES, LEONARDO D.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. hytogeographical origin determines Tropical Montane Cloud Forest hydraulic trait compositio. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, v. 36, n. 3, p. 607-621, . (11/52072-0)
ELLER, CLEITON B.; MEIRELES, LEONARDO D.; SITCH, STEPHEN; BURGESS, STEPHEN S. O.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.. How Climate Shapes the Functioning of Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. CURRENT FORESTRY REPORTS, v. 6, n. 2, . (11/52072-0)
CRUZ, MARIANA VARGAS; MORI, GUSTAVO MARUYAMA; OH, DONG-HA; DASSANAYAKE, MAHESHI; ZUCCHI, MARIA IMACULADA; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL SILVA; DE SOUZA, ANETE PEREIRA. Molecular responses to freshwater limitation in the mangrove tree Avicennia germinans (Acanthaceae). Molecular Ecology, v. 29, n. 2, . (13/08086-1, 13/26793-7, 11/52072-0, 14/22821-9)
APARECIDO, LUIZA MARIA T.; TEODORO, GRAZIELLE S.; MOSQUERA, GIOVANNY; BRUM, MAURO; BARROS, FERNANDA DE V.; POMPEU, PATRICIA VIEIRA; RODAS, MELISSA; LAZO, PATRICIO; MUELLER, CAROLINE S.; MULLIGAN, MARK; et al. Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems. ECOHYDROLOGY, v. 11, n. 3, SI, . (16/13677-7, 12/21015-3, 10/17204-0, 11/52072-0)

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