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Author (up) Flores, O.; Herault, B.; Delcamp, M.; Garnier, É.; Gourlet-Fleury, S. pdf  url
  Title Functional traits help predict post-disturbance demography of tropical trees Type Journal Article
  Year 2014 Publication PLoS ONE Abbreviated Journal PLoS ONE  
  Volume 9 Issue 9 Pages e105022  
  Abstract How tropical tree species respond to disturbance is a central issue of forest ecology, conservation and resource management. We define a hierarchical model to investigate how functional traits measured in control plots relate to the population change rate and to demographic rates for recruitment and mortality after disturbance by logging operations. Population change and demographic rates were quantified on a 12-year period after disturbance and related to seven functional traits measured in control plots. The model was calibrated using a Bayesian Network approach on 53 species surveyed in permanent forest plots (37.5 ha) at Paracou in French Guiana. The network analysis allowed us to highlight both direct and indirect relationships among predictive variables. Overall, 89% of interspecific variability in the population change rate after disturbance were explained by the two demographic rates, the recruitment rate being the most explicative variable. Three direct drivers explained 45% of the variability in recruitment rates, including leaf phosphorus concentration, with a positive effect, and seed size and wood density with negative effects. Mortality rates were explained by interspecific variability in maximum diameter only (25%). Wood density, leaf nitrogen concentration, maximum diameter and seed size were not explained by variables in the analysis and thus appear as independent drivers of post-disturbance demography. Relationships between functional traits and demographic parameters were consistent with results found in undisturbed forests. Functional traits measured in control conditions can thus help predict the fate of tropical tree species after disturbance. Indirect relationships also suggest how different processes interact to mediate species demographic response.  
  Address Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, CNRS – UMR 5175Montpellier, France  
  Corporate Author Thesis  
  Publisher Public Library of Science Place of Publication Editor  
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  ISSN 19326203 (Issn) ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes Export Date: 7 October 2014; Coden: Polnc; Correspondence Address: Flores, O.; Cirad – Université de la Réunion, UMR PVBMT, 7 chemin de l'IRAT, France Approved no  
  Call Number EcoFoG @ webmaster @ Serial 562  
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