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Patterns of tree phenological diversity in dry tropics

Oleh   C.P. Kushwaha [-]
Kontributor / Dosen Pembimbing : S.K. Tripathi, B.D. Tripathi, K.P. Singh
Jenis Koleksi : Jurnal elektronik
Penerbit : Lain-lain
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Kata Kunci : Tropical tree phenology, Deciduousness, Flowering types
Sumber : ScienceDirect
Staf Input/Edit : Irwan Sofiyan  
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Recent phenological studies in tropical deciduous forests revealed a mosaic of vegetation composed of several pheno-phases that are evolved as an adaptation by the species to overcome seasonal drought in different ways. These pheno-phases represent extent of annual deciduousness (leaflessness) and triggering factors for buds break (e.g. vegetative and flower). Thus, studying patterns of various phenophases (phonological diversity) in tropical forest have been thought to provide a potential tool to address critical questions related to climate change modeling and monitoring. In tropics, tree species represent a gradient of deciduousness (from leaf-exchanging species to >6 months deciduous species) and flowering initiation (breaking of flower buds in various part of annual cycle). Both processes are mostly triggered by variation in day length and/or temperature during late dry season/autumn, and/or first significant rain during rainy season. In addition, few factors like drought induced leaf fall and sporadic winter rains are supposed to affect these processes temporarily. Besides, the abundances of pheno-phases (i.e. leafing and flowering) also vary among tropical deciduous forest trees. Presence of such variations in tropical tree pheno-phases and their abundances are reported to vary due to micro-climatic variables and has specific implications in tropical forests. Present paper discusses the existing information on various pheno-phases and their abundances in tropical forests and role of climatic factors on tree phonological diversity. Further, we emphasized the need to develop predicting understanding of impending climatic change (i.e. precipitation and temperature) on diversity of pheno-phases by collecting long-term data on tree pheno-phases through a network of phonological stations in dry tropics.