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Fire-sensitive species dominate seed rain after fire suppression: Implications for plant community diversity and woody encroachment in the Cerrado

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Mariano, V; Rebolo, IF; Christianini, AV

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2019

BIOTROPICA

51

9-May

Woody encroachment is becoming common in tropical savannas. We studied natural seed rain and performed seed addition experiments in a Brazilian savanna that had not been burned for several decades. We found greater abundance of fire-sensitive species in the seed rain, likely contributing to woody encroachment. Flexible fire management policies that allow for natural and prescribed fires may be required to maintain savanna diversity.

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