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  Central Amazonian floodplain forests: Tree adaptations in a pulsing system

Parolin, P., De Simone, O., Haase, K., Waldhoff, D., Rottenberger, S., Kuhn, U., et al. (2004). Central Amazonian floodplain forests: Tree adaptations in a pulsing system. The Botanical Review, 70(3), 357-380.

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Parolin, P.1, Author              
De Simone, O.1, Author              
Haase, K.1, Author              
Waldhoff, D.1, Author              
Rottenberger, S., Author
Kuhn, U., Author
Kesselmeier, J., Author
Kleiss, B., Author
Schmidt, W., Author
Piedade, M. T. F.1, Author              
Junk, W. J.1, Author              
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1Working Group Tropical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_976549              

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 Abstract: Amazonian floodplain forests are characterized by an annual flood pulse with changes of the water table that exceed 10 meters. Seedlings and adult trees are waterlogged or submerged for continuous periods lasting up to seven months per year. The monomodal flood pulse of the rivers causes drastic changes in the bioavailability of nutrients, oxygen levels, and concentrations of phytotoxins. The aquatic phase occurs during a period in which temperature and light conditions are optimal for plant growth and development, implying the need for adaptations. Not only do trees persist in a dormant state, they grow vigorously during most of the year, including the aquatic period. The regularity of flooding may have enhanced the evolution of specific traits, which partially are well known from floodplain trees in other tropical and in temperate regions. Different kinds of adaptations are found at the level of structural, physiological, and phenological traits. Combinations of adaptations regarding seed germination, seedling development, and traits of roots, shoots, and leaves result in a variety of growth strategies among trees. These lead to specific species distributions and zonations along the flooding gradient and within Amazonian floodplain systems (nutrient-rich white-water varzea and nutrient-poor black-water igapo)

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2004-09
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 70 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 357 - 380 Identifier: ISSN: 0006-8101