WP 1 - Diversity and abundance of palm resources
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WP 1 - State-of-the art report

1. State-of-the art report about palm communities in northwestern South America (12).

The principal paper under this product is:

Balslev, H., F. Kahn, B. Millan, J.-C. Svenning, T. Kristiansen, D. Pedersen, & W. Eiserhardt. 2011. Species diversity and growth forms in tropical American palm communities. Doi 10.1007/s12229-011-9084-x. The Botanical Review77: 381-425. (with input from WP2 Kahn, and Partner 7 Peru)

Several other papers have been published on the subject:

Kristiansen, T., J.-C. Svenning, C. Grández, J. Salo, & H. Balslev.2009. Commonness of Amazonian palm (Arecaceae) species: patterns, cross-scale links, and potential determinants. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2009.05.001 Acta Oecologica 35: 554-562

Balslev, H., W. Eiserhardt, T. Kristiansen, D. Pedersen & C. Grandez. 2010. Palms and palm communities in the upper Ucayali river valley – a little known region in the Amazon basin. PALMS54(2): 57-72.

Eiserhardt, W. L., S. Bjorholm, J.-C. Svenning, T. F. Rangel & H. Balslev. 2011. Testing the water-energy theory on American palms (Arecaceae) using geographically weighted regression. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027027 Plos ONE 6(11): e27027.

Eiserhardt, W. L., J.-C. Pintaud, C. Asmussen-Lange, W. J. Hahn, R. Bernal, H. Balslev & F. Borchsenius. 2011. Phylogeny and divergence times of Bactridinae (Arecaceae, Palmae) based on plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. TAXON 60: 485-498. (with input from WP2 Pintaud)

Balslev,H., Z. Pérez Durán, D. Pedersen, W. L. Eiserhardt, A. Sanjinés Asturizaga & N. Paniagua-Zambrana. 2012. Subandean and adjacent lowland palm communities in Bolivia. Ecologia en Bolivia47(1): 7-36. (with input from Partner 6 Bolivia)

Eiserhardt; W.L., J.-C. Svenning, F. Borchsenius, T. Kristiansen & H. Balslev. 2012. Separating environmental and geographical determinants of phylogenetic community structure in Amazonian palms (Arecaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 244-259.

Gomes de Freitas, C., F. R. Capellotto Costa, J.-C. Svenning & H. Balslev. 2012. Topographic separation of two sympatric palms in the central Amazon – does dispersal play a role. Doi: 10.1016/j.actao.2012.01.007 Acta Oecologica 39: 128-135 (in collaboration with external partners in Brazil)

Kristiansen, T., J.-C. Svenning, W. L. Eiserhardt, D. Pedersen, H. Brix, S. M. Kristiansen, M. Knadel, C. Grández & H. Balslev.. 2012. Environment versus dispersal in the assembly of western Amazon palm communities. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02689.x Journal of Biogeography 39: 1318-1332.

Eiserhardt, W.L., J.-C. Svenning, W.J. Baker, T.L.P. Couvreur & H. Balslev. 2012. Dispersal and niche evolution jointly shape the geographic turnover of phylogenetic clades across continents. Scientific Reports | 3: 1164 | DOI: 10.1038/srep01164. (with collaboration from Partner 5, Kew-London).

Alvarado-Segura, A.A., L.M. Calvo-Irabién, R. Duno de Stefano & H.  Balslev 2012. Palm species richness, abundance and diversity in the Yucatan Peninsula, in a Neotropical context. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2012.01593.x, Nordic Journal of Botany 30: 613–622. (a related activity in collaboration with external Mexican partners)

A good part of this product has been done through thesis projects:

Kristiansen, T. 2010. A field-based investigation of palm species abundance, distribution and richness in the western Amazon. PhD thesis at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. Advisor: Henrik Balslev. 156 p.

Eiserhardt, W. L. 2011. Studies on the Ecology, Biogeography and Evolution of Palms (Arecacea) with Focus on the Americas. PhD thesis at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark.Advisor: Henrik Balslev. 199 p.

Laumark, P. 2012. Palm communities in Madre de Dios, Amazonian Peru. MSc thesis at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. Advisor: Henrik Balslev. 80 p.

Alvarado, Segura, A. A. 2013. Patrones de Diversidad en Comunidades de Palmas (Arecaceae) en Selvas Medianas de la Peninsula de Yucatán: Determinantes Ambientales y Espaciales. PhD thesis at the Centro de investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY), Mexico. Advisor: Luz María Calvo Irabién & Rodrigo Duno di Stefano; co-Advisor Henrik Balslev. 97 p. (as as external collaborative project in a university adjacent to our study region)


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