Studies on cambial activity: advances and challenges in the knowledge of growth dynamics of Brazilian woody species

CÁTIA H. CALLADO THAÍS J. DE VASCONCELLOS MONIQUE S. COSTA CLAUDIA F. BARROS FIDEL A. ROIG MÁRIO TOMAZELLO-FILHO About the authors

The lack of specific research on the sequence of events that determine plant growth from meristem until wood formation represents a gap in the knowledge of growth dynamics in woody species. In this work, we surveyed published studies concerning cambial activity of Brazilian native species aiming at allowing the comparison of applied methods and obtained results. The annual cambial seasonality was observed in all the investigated species. Nevertheless, we found high heterogeneity in the used methodologies. As a result from this analysis, our opinion points to the need for standardizing sampling protocols and for discussing the suitability of experimental designs. This will help to define with greater precision the factors that determine the radial growth in the different tropical ecosystems.

wood formation; growth rings; radial growth; dendrochronology


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