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Title: Structural and floristic typology of the forests in the forest-savanna mosaic of the Lopé National Park, Gabon
Authors: Palla, Florence
Picard, Nicolas
Abernethy, Katharine
Ukizintambara, Tharcisse
White, Elizabeth C
Riera, Bernard
Rudant, Jean-Paul
White, Lee
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Keywords: abundance
canopy height
floristic groups
forest type
forest-savana mosaic
structural groups
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: National Botanic Garden of Belgium and Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
Citation: Palla F, Picard N, Abernethy K, Ukizintambara T, White EC, Riera B, Rudant J & White L (2011) Structural and floristic typology of the forests in the forest-savanna mosaic of the Lopé National Park, Gabon, Plant Ecology and Evolution, 144 (3), pp. 255-266.
Abstract: Background and aims - The Lopé National Park in Gabon, recently added to the UNESCO world heritage list, presents a mosaic of forest and savanna that dynamically changes. Conserving this landscape requires an understanding of the forest dynamics. This study aims at defining a forest typology at Lopé in relation with its dynamics. Methods - Floristic and structural characteristics for 265 tree species belonging to 55 families were measured in 258 sampling plots in the Lopé National Park. Multivariate analysis of these data was used to partition the sampling plots into groups on the basis of their floristic or structural characteristics. Key results - Five structural forest types and six floristic forest types were identified. This typology showed that the forests in the forest-savanna mosaic of Lopé organize themselves along a gradient of forest recovery, from young forests to mature forests. Typical pioneer species are associated with the youngest forest stages. The gradient on the species also corresponds to a geographical gradient on the sampling plots, associated with features like altitude, rocks, or hydrography. Conclusions - Five forest types were defined on the basis of species abundances. The snapshot of forest types characterizes a dynamic process of forest regeneration.
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Affiliation: University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC)
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Antioch University New England
University of Exeter
Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle
University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee
Biological and Environmental Sciences

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