Brazilian Journal of Botany
On-line version ISSN 1806-9959
PAIVA, Luciana Vieira de; ARAUJO, Glein Monteiro de and PEDRON, Fernando. Structure and dynamics of a woody plant community of a tropical semi-deciduous seasonal forest in the "Estação Ecológica do Panga", municipality of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Rev. bras. Bot. [online]. 2007, vol.30, n.3, pp. 365-373. ISSN 1806-9959. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84042007000300003.
Studies of plant community dynamics are essential in understanding the demographic patterns of species since changes in demographic rates can affect the floristic composition and future structure. The purpose of the present study was to analyze the changes in the community structure and floristic composition of woody plants in a tropical semi-deciduous forest in Uberlândia in central Brazil, during a 10-years period. The data were collected in 1989 and in 2000 in 50 quadrats (10 m x 10 m) where all trees with a minimum circumference at breast height of 10 cm were sampled. In 1989, 93 species and 1103 individuals were registered. Over a period of 10 years, seven new species were added to the community, although eight disappeared. The main change that occurred during this period in the floristic composition was the replacement of savannah species occurring in forest gaps by those from the forest understory.
Keywords : growth; mortality; recruitment; tropical forest.