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Relationships among functional traits define primary strategies in woody species of the Brazilian ``cerrado{''}

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Abe, Natalia [1] ; Miatto, Raquel Carolina [2, 1] ; Batalha, Marco Antonio [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Bot, POB 676, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Biol, BR-14040901 Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY; v. 41, n. 2, p. 351-360, JUN 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The so-called ``Plant Ecology Strategy Scheme{''} groups species into categories along the spectrum of their functional traits. When two or more important functional traits are correlated between concurrent species, they define a strategic dimension. There are four main dimensions of ecological strategies for establishing the relationships among functional traits of plants: maximum plant height, size of branches and leaves, leaf structure and physiology, and seed production. Traits that may define these dimensions include: maximum plant height, wood density, leaf area, specific leaf area, fruit size, and seed size. We analysed the relationships among the traits in ``cerrado{''} woody species and compared the results with those found in tropical forests. We measured these traits from 28 woody species at the Vacununga State Park, south-eastern Brazil. By using Pearson correlation analyses and structural equation modelling, we found two significant relationships: between fruit size and seed size and between fruit size and leaf area. Based on the traits, we identified two ecological strategies: (1) short species with high specific leaf area and small leaves, fruits, and seeds; (2) tall species with low specific leaf area and large leaves, fruits, and seeds. ``Cerrado{''} and forest woody species seem to have distinct ecological strategies, probably due to the different environmental pressures to which they are submitted. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/18295-4 - Functional diversity and nutritional strategies of woody species in Cerrado and seasonal forest
Grantee:Raquel Carolina Miatto
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate