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Biodiversity and Water Relations in Tropical Savannas

  • Guillermo Sarmiento
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 121)

Abstract

The analysis of savanna biodiversity and the comparison of different savanna communities is difficult due to the scanty information that exists regarding several components of the biota such as microorganisms, non vascular plants, invertebrates, and even vertebrate animals. Fortunately, enough is known of the vascular flora of several savanna communities to allow some comparisons. Unfortunately, the information on the functional groups within the vascular flora from savannas is restricted to a few study sites. This chapter reviews the savanna floristic richness based on the known vascular flora; discusses several aspects of functional diversity, especially in terms of responses to water stress, and suggests some hypothesis regarding the role of PAM and other determinants.

Keywords

Perennial Grass Vapor Pressure Deficit Evergreen Tree Tropical Savanna Floristic Richness 
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