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Secondary Dry Tropical Forests: “the walk” of Regeneration

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Lead Guest Editor:
Juliana Ramos de Andrade
Department of Biology, University Federal Rural of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Guest Editors
Bruno Ayron de Souza Aguiar
Biology Department/University Federal Rural of Pernambuco
Recife, Brazil
Danielle Melo dos Santos
Centro Acadêmico de Vitória/University Federal of Pernambuco
Vitória de Santo Antão, Brazil
Josiene Maria Falcão Fraga dos Santos
Biology Department/ Universidade Estadual de Alagoas
Palmeira dos Índios, Brazil
Clarissa Gomes Reis Lopes
Ciências Ambientais/ University Federal of Piauí
Teresina, Brazil
Diego Nathan do Nascimento Souza
Departamento de Ciências Biológicas/ Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Norte
Mossoró, Brazil
Vanessa Kelly Rodrigues de Araujo
Biology Department/University Federal Rural of Pernambuco
Recife, Brazil
This special edition entitled “Secondary Dry Tropical Forests: “the walk” of regeneration” focuses on the publication of works carried out in Dry Tropical Forests (DTFs) that have suffered from disturbances related to agricultural activities, livestock, grazing, extractivism or pressure caused by urban growth and has been regenerating after abandonment. These diverse uses fragment and disturb DTFs, making them anthropogenic forests.
The secondary DTFs are defined as the "forests of the future," although there is already evidence of the representativeness of these forests in more than 50% of the forested area around the world. When compared to native, mature and undisturbed forests, secondary DTFs present distinct ecological characteristics and experience their microclimatic conditions.
The fragmented and disturbed areas after abandonment can present high species richness, important functional traits and provide resources to maintain the new diversity established over time, besides being exceptional in carbon sequestration. These data contradict a primordial idea of a negative and unbalanced view of the anthropic forests that it indicated to be areas of low wealth, with scarce resources and inefficient ecological processes.
Due to the vast extension of the secondary DTFs areas and because they represent the new forest formation of today, assessing the resilience of secondary DTFs tied to global climate change is fundamental for the conservation of its biodiversity, since evidence of this recovery in the DTFs is still scarce, and that the limitation of existing data does not show consistent trends in the path of regeneration.
This special edition of the American Journal of Plant Biology will receive articles dealing with the richness, composition, and ecological processes involved in the regeneration of DTFs that have undergone anthropogenic actions and which strategies have been adopted at the population and plant community level to deal with this influence without neglecting the implications of global climate change.

Aims and Scope:

  1. antropization
  2. tropical dry forest
  3. climate changes
  4. ecological processes
  5. tolerance ´plants
  6. dinâmica populacional
  7. estratégia das plantas
  8. regeneração
  9. cronossequência
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