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Acta Botanica Brasilica

Print version ISSN 0102-3306On-line version ISSN 1677-941X

Abstract

BRANDES, Arno Fritz das Neves et al. Fire records in tree rings of Moquiniastrum polymorphum: potential for reconstructing fire history in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Acta Bot. Bras. [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.1, pp.61-66.  Epub Nov 29, 2018. ISSN 0102-3306.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062018abb0282.

Fire disturbance affects the composition, structure and dynamics of vegetation. Historical records of fire events exist in some places, but they are generally limited in temporal and spatial extent. Tree-ring research is a useful tool for fire history reconstruction and can contribute important long-term ecological data. We tested the hypotheses that Moquiniastrum polymorphum (Less.) G. Sancho, a widespread species in Brazil that occurs in burnt areas of Atlantic Forest, produces annual growth rings and that its wood can record fire incidence by datable fire scaring. Our results corroborate these hypotheses and indicate that the species has potential for fire history reconstruction.

Keywords : Camará; Cambará; dendrochronology; fire history; fire scars; Gochnatia polymorpha; growth rings; Moquiniastrum polymorphum; pyrochronology.

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