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Frugivore-mediated biological invasion of an exotic palm species

Grant number: 14/04938-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Mauro Galetti Rodrigues
Grantee:Ana Laura Pugina Cintra
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil


Introduction of exotic species can result in a biological invasion in natural environments, which is recognized as one of the greatest threats to natural communities and ecosystem functioning. Invasive plant species can compete with native species for pollination and seed dispersal services, but this is a relatively unexplored subject. The goal of this project is to test the potential for competition for seed dispersers between an invasive exotic palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) and palmito juçara (Euterpe edulis) in the Atlantic Forest. We will compare seed dispersal effectiveness of two species of palm trees in areas where they occur in sympatry and isolation. We will calculate the seed dispersal effectiveness of each frugivorous species. Bipartite network analysis will be used to investigate how exotic palm can affect the structure of the interactions of native palm. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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BELLO, CAROLINA; CINTRA, ANA LAURA P.; BARRETO, ELISA; VANCINE, MAURICIO HUMBERTO; SOBRAL-SOUZA, THADEU; GRAHAM, CATHERINE H.; GALETTI, MAURO. Environmental niche and functional role similarity between invasive and native palms in the Atlantic Forest. Biological Invasions, v. 23, n. 3 NOV 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
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CINTRA, Ana Laura Pugina. Efetividade de dispersão de sementes por aves da palmeira invasora Archontophoenix spp. na Mata Atlântica. 2016. 40 f. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Instituto de Biociências (Campus de Rio Claro)..

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