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Brazilian Journal of Biology

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MASSI, K. G.; EUGENIO, C. U. O.  y  FRANCO, A. C.. Post-fire reproduction of herbs at a savanna-gallery forest boundary in Distrito Federal, Brazil. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2017, vol.77, n.4, pp.876-886.  Epub 04-Mayo-2017. ISSN 1519-6984.

In Cerrado, studies of post-fire vegetation recovery show that some herbaceous species are able to flower shortly after fires. However, these were mainly short-term studies that focused on grasslands and savannas. Little is known about the effects of fire on ground layer of forests that border the savannas in Central Brazil. Thus, an accidental burning gave us the opportunity to describe the reproductive activity of the ground layer vegetation after a fire event along a savanna-forest boundary at the IBGE Ecological Reserve, Brasília, Brazil. During the 16-month of the inventory, we registered 170 herbaceous species flowering or fruiting, of which 52 species (31%) may have been influenced by fire that changed their times of reproduction. In the savanna plots reproduction peaked at the end of the rainy season. Of the total number of reproducing species, 90 species occurred only in the savanna and four in the forest. Five herbs were recorded in the forest, savanna and border environments. Late dry season fire probably lead the majority of herbaceous species to have their reproduction spread throughout the study time.

Palabras clave : savanna-forest boundary; reproductive phenology; fire-effect; Cerrado.

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