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Does long-term monitoring of tropical forests using permanent plots provide unbiased results?

Semboli O., Beina D., Closset-Kopp D., Gourlet-Fleury S., Decocq G.. 2014. Applied Vegetation Science, 17 (4) : p. 737-743.

DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12097

Aim: Long-term ecological research sites have become essential tools in the study of tropical forest dynamics, but the potential impacts of researcher activity on the permanent plots being studied is often ignored. Here we ask whether seemingly benign repeated surveys themselves significantly affect stand dynamics and plant species diversity when implementing long-term monitoring of permanent plots.

Mots-clés : forêt tropicale; communauté végétale; enquête forestière; Évaluation de l'impact; impact sur l'environnement; Écologie; biodiversité; dynamique des populations; croissance; mortalité; république centrafricaine; forêt semi-décidue

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