Functional diversity influence in forest wood stock: a study of the brazilian savanna


  • Milton Serpa de Meira-Junior Universidade de Brasília
  • José Imaña-Encinas Universidade de Brasília
  • José Roberto Rodrigues Pinto Universidade de Brasília
  • Sílvia da Luz Lima Mota Universidade de Brasília



Cerrado. Functional traits, Ecosystem services, Functional Ecology


Research regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services has been demonstrating a positive correlation among the ecosystem processes, such as the carbon sink into plant biomass and the quantity of carbon in natural vegetation. Nonetheless, it is hard to understand the biodiversity measurements, because they involve gene, phenotypic, population, species, community and ecosystem diversity. The functional diversity refers to the species richness and variety, their characteristics and how that affects the functioning of an ecosystem. Primary productivity is a key factor that affects the functioning of a forest ecosystem. Thus, the aim of this paper was to evaluate the influence of functional diversity on the woody volume productivity (as a proxy for primary production) in the Brazilian savanna. We used six functional characteristics, and to verify the relation between forest production and functional diversity facets, we tested many models. Regarding wood volume, the best models were the exponential and logarithmic. None of the linear models showed significant regression parameters as there was no additive relationship among the multifaceted aspects of functional diversity and wood volume. We found a positive correlation between the functional diversity and primary productivity, which can be used to forecast the effects of diversity variation on ecosystem services.


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MEIRA-JUNIOR, M.S. de, IMAÑA-ENCINAS, J., PINTO, J.R.R. and MOTA, S. da L.L., 2016. Functional diversity influence in forest wood stock: a study of the brazilian savanna . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 1619–1631. [Accessed1 December 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v32n1a2016-33189. Available from:



Biological Sciences