Flowering of bamboos is an exciting event which only occurs once in 10-40 years. Bamboo flowers and the seeds serve as a resource to a wide range of animals – rodents, birds and insects. This short video by Will Briet captures the process of pollination by insects in one of our plots in the Atlantic Forest.
The ECOFOR team participated at the 59th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), which took place in Pirenópolis, in the state of Goiás.
Gabriel Sabino presented a poster on tree floristics, richness and diversity in the Atlantic Forest fragments (available here), and he has also produced an amazing guide to the tree community in the Cunha park for the foreign visitors (available here).
Nature has published an article lead by Jos based on our ongoing research in the Brazilian state of Pará, in which we we investigate the impacts of human-driven forest disturbance on biodiversity and find impressive results: even when preserving 80% forest cover, as per the Brazilian Forest Code, landscapes will maintain only 50% of its biodiversity.
The article has received lots of media attention, including the following article in the BBC:
Hard to believe that this is already the 10th issue of our newsletter!! Many thanks to all the ECOFOR members for their ongoing support. Enjoy the reading!
The Brazilian magazine Ciência hoje, one of the major science dissemination magazines in Brazil, has just published an article by Erika, Joice, Toby and Jos in which they explain the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation, linking these phenomena to human activities such as setting up fires on agricultural lands or logging. Thanks to its comprehensible and engaging style, the article has the potential to reach a wide Portuguese-speaking audience.
Click below to read the article (in Portuguese):