The Forest Ecology Research Group was created in 2009 to consolidate already existing research on the topic and attend to the demands of the Community Forest Management Program of the Mamirauá Institute; researchers study ecological characteristics of the forest and monitor timber and non-timber resources, associated with the establishment and monitoring of permanent forest management plots. Maintaining floodplain forests is the principal focus of this research group.
Get to know some of the tree species studied by the group
The Forest Ecology group works in the main ecosystems of the Amazon Biome, including those flooded by black waters (igapós), by white waters (as várzeas) and ecosystems free from flooding (upland forests). See here some of the differences between these environments:
|Blackwater floodplains||White-water floodplains||Uplands|
|Periodically flooded ||Periodically flooded||Areas not inundated by rivers or tides|
|Inundated by black waters ||Flooded by white-waters ||Do not suffer period floods |
|Few nutrients||Environment of high primary productivity with a great availability of nutrients and organic matter||Lacking some soil nutrients|