Small-scale edaphic heterogeneity as a floristic–structural complexity driver in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests tree communities

  • Cléber Rodrigo de SouzaEmail author
  • Jean Daniel Morel
  • Alisson Borges Miranda Santos
  • Wilder Bento da Silva
  • Vinícius Andrade Maia
  • Polyanne Aparecida Coelho
  • Vanessa Leite Rezende
  • Rubens Manoel dos Santos
Original Paper


Our work aimed to test the hypothesis that soil microscale heterogeneity act as a community ecological driver, increasing diversity and promoting structural shifts on the Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest (SDTF) tree community. We evaluated the relationship between microscale edaphic variations and floristic–structural patterns of tree communities in a SDTF fragment located in the southern end of the Brazilian Caatinga domain. Vegetation and soil data were obtained through 27 sample units of 400 m2 (20 m × 20 m), within each one we measured and identified at species level all arboreal individuals with Circumference at the Breast Height greater or equal to 10 cm, and also collected the soil samples. Through the data we evaluated soil variation influence on the tree community structural and floristic patterns trough generalized linear models. Soil explained the small-scale structural and floristic variations, contributing significantly to biomass, sprouting and to floristic relationships between sample units. It was also observed a possible relation of the result with the Caatinga domain biogeographic history, due the presence of Sedimentary Caatinga species, which are not expected for the study region. Soil plays an important role in driving small-scale complexity and diversity of SDTF, but we also suggest that Caatinga biogeographic events have influence on the high heterogeneity patterns.


Caatinga domain Edaphic variables Sprouting Sedimentary Caatinga 



To Federal University of Lavras, Foundation for the Support to the Researches in Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG), Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and to Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) for all the support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cléber Rodrigo de Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean Daniel Morel
    • 1
  • Alisson Borges Miranda Santos
    • 1
  • Wilder Bento da Silva
    • 1
  • Vinícius Andrade Maia
    • 1
  • Polyanne Aparecida Coelho
    • 1
  • Vanessa Leite Rezende
    • 2
  • Rubens Manoel dos Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Sciences DepartamentFederal University of LavrasLavrasBrazil
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentFederal University of LavrasLavrasBrazil

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