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The conservation value of abandoned eucalyptus plantation in human-modified landscapes of the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 17/05662-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 09, 2017
Effective date (End): August 11, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal researcher:Pedro Henrique Santin Brancalion
Grantee:Ricardo Gomes César
Supervisor abroad: Bernard Josiah Barlow
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: Lancaster University, England  
Associated to the scholarship:14/14503-7 - Chronosequence and landscape effects in tropical forest succession, BP.DR


In highly deforested agricultural landscapes, second-growth forests are important biodiversity refuges for native species. Similarly, tree plantations may house many native species and provide important environmental services, while providing resources for landowners. Using historical maps to identify second-growth forests with ages from 7-53 years in agricultural landscapes of the Atlantic Forest in southeast Brazil, we aim to analyze the complementary role of second-growth forests established in abandoned pastures and in abandoned Eucalyptus spp. plantations for carbon storage and the conservation of native species. This information will be compared to old-growth reference forests in the region. We will also identify the unique spatial patters and the main drivers of forest regeneration of both types of second-growth forests in agricultural landscapes. We expect to find that i) both forests play complementary roles in biodiversity conservation at the landscape scale by providing habitat for species with different niche requirements, ii) remnant Eucalyptus spp. increase biomass stocks in young second-growth forests but may suppress native species in later successional stages, iii) the conditions that lead to the abandonment of pastures and Eucalyptus spp. plantations, thus allowing natural regeneration, differ. Information about the complementary traits of second-growth forests and which factors allow for natural regeneration in agricultural landscapes is key to increase the cost-efficiency of landscape restoration actions and achieve large scale in ecological restoration.

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(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)
CESAR, RICARDO G.; MORENO, VANESSA DE S.; COLETTA, GABRIEL D.; SCHWEIZER, DANIELLA; CHAZDON, ROBIN L.; BARLOW, JOS; FERRAZ, SILVIO F. B.; CROUZEILLES, RENATO; BRANCALION, PEDRO H. S.. It is not just about time: Agricultural practices and surrounding forest cover affect secondary forest recovery in agricultural landscapes. Biotropica, v. 53, n. 2, . (17/05662-2, 11/19767-4, 13/22679-5, 14/14503-7, 11/06782-5)
CESAR, RICARDO GOMES; ROTHER, DEBORA CRISTINA; BRANCALION, PEDRO H. S.. Early Response of Tree Seed Arrival After Liana Cutting in a Disturbed Tropical Forest. TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE, v. 10, . (11/14517-0, 17/05662-2)
BRANCALION, PEDRO H. S.; GUILLEMOT, JOANNES; CESAR, RICARDO G.; ANDRADE, HENRIQUE S.; MENDES, ALEX; SORRINI, TAISI B.; PICCOLO, MARISA D. C.; PELUCI, MARINA C.; MORENO, VANESSA D. S.; COLLETTA, GABRIEL; et al. The cost of restoring carbon stocks in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, v. 32, n. 2, p. 830-841, . (13/50718-5, 17/05662-2, 18/18416-2, 14/14503-7)

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