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ISRN Ecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 759893, 19 pages
Research Article

Secondary Forest Succession in the Mata Atlantica, Brazil: Floristic and Phytosociological Trends

1Núcleo de Pesquisas em Florestas Tropicais, Pós-Graduação em Recursos Genéticos Vegetais, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Rodovia Admar Gonzaga 1346, Itacorubi, Florianópolis, SC 88034-900, Brazil
2Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
3Embrapa-Cepatu, Belém, PA 66095-100, Brazil

Received 28 January 2011; Accepted 9 March 2011

Academic Editors: D. Loustau and A. D. Steinman

Copyright © 2011 Alexandre Siminski et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study aimed at understanding the dynamics of ecological processes and the use of secondary forests in Santa Catarina state (Brazil). The data base for these studies was formed through forest inventories carried out in the three forest types of the state. The results of this study demonstrate that the patterns of diversity are very similar among the three forest types; however, the species compositions among the types are quite different. A total of 343 woody species belonging to 73 families were found in the 24,000 m2 sampling area, revealing the potential role of secondary forest in the conservation of biodiversity at the landscape scale. As expected, a small set of pioneer species dominates young secondary forests with shade-tolerant species becoming structurally important after 30 years. The patterns of forest structure and species diversity observed in study largely conform to the postagricultural secondary succession observed for many tropical forests.