3/2/2017: From our friends in Manaus: plant community composition tells of influences of pre-columbian humans on Amazonian forests

Paper in 3 March 2017 issue of Science:  Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition

Ph.D. student Carolina Levis and her mentor Flávia Costa, both at Brazil’s National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), lead 100+ authors in this novel analysis of the massive database of tree surveys previously assembled by Hans ter Steege and colleagues. Their conclusions (published in the March 3 issue of Science): “modern tree communities in Amazonia are structured to an important extent by a long history of plant domestication by Amazonian peoples”

See the news item in Science:  Hundreds of years later, plants domesticated by ancient civilizations still dominate in the Amazon.

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