Legume abundance along successional and rainfall gradients in Neotropical forests

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  • Michiel van Breugel, Natl Univ Singapore, National University of Singapore, Dept Biol Sci
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  • Hans Van der Wal, El Colegio Frontera Sur, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Dept Agr Sociedad & Ambiente, Grp Acad Agroecol
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  • Maria das Dores Magalhaes Veloso, Univ Estadual Montes Claros, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros, Dept Biol Geral
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  • Hans F. M. Vester, Univ Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Inst Biodivers & Ecosyst Dynam IBED
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  • Ima Celia Guimaraes Vieira, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Coordenacao Bot
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  • Jess K. Zimmerman, Univ Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Dept Environm Sci
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  • Jennifer S. Powers, Univ Minnesota, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Minnesota System, Dept Plant Biol & Microbial Biol

The nutrient demands of regrowing tropical forests are partly satisfied by nitrogen-fixing legume trees, but our understanding of the abundance of those species is biased towards wet tropical regions. Here we show how the abundance of Leguminosae is affected by both recovery from disturbance and large-scale rainfall gradients through a synthesis of forest inventory plots from a network of 42 Neotropical forest chronosequences. During the first three decades of natural forest regeneration, legume basal area is twice as high in dry compared with wet secondary forests. The tremendous ecological success of legumes in recently disturbed, water-limited forests is likely to be related to both their reduced leaflet size and ability to fix N-2, which together enhance legume drought tolerance and water-use efficiency. Earth system models should incorporate these large-scale successional and climatic patterns of legume dominance to provide more accurate estimates of the maximum potential for natural nitrogen fixation across tropical forests.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Ecology & Evolution
Volume2
Issue7
Pages (from-to)1104-1111
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

    Research areas

  • SYMBIOTIC DINITROGEN FIXATION, NITROGEN-FIXING TREES, WOODY PLANT DIVERSITY, TROPICAL DRY FOREST, SECONDARY SUCCESSION, LEAF SIZE, CLASSIFICATION, BIOMASS, LEGUMINOSAE, SEASONALITY

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