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The non-arboreous community of cerrado sensu stricto facing changes in light and litter under tree encroachment: species dynamics, germination and functional responses

Grant number: 17/03450-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2017
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Pant Physiology
Principal researcher:Rosana Marta Kolb
Grantee:Luiz Felipe Souza Pinheiro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/18049-6 - The diversity of ecophysiological strategies in a Cerrado herbaceous communities: a case study involving distinct environmental constraints, AP.BTA.JP


Fire absence has enabled tree encroachment of typical savanna areas of Cerrado and this increases tree density, decreasing the understory incident light and increasing the litter layer. In this condition, typical savanna non-arboreal species richness is lower and this may mean that the typical savanna non-arboreal species is impaired by environmental changes induced by tree encroachment. Thus, this project aims to understand the non-arboreal species dynamics and their functional responses to the luminosity decrease and litter increase. Moreover, the germination niche of non-arboreal species will be investigated, taking into account luminosity and temperature variations in the studied environments as will be studied the litter mechanical effect on emergence and initial growth of typical savanna non-arboreal species.