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The dry season in French Guiana is not dry enough to impact Parkia nitida growth

Morel H., Ponton S., Beauchêne J., Thibaut B.. 2015. Tervuren : International Association of Wood Anatomists; IUFRO, 1 p.. Wood science underpinning tropical forest ecology and management, 2015-05-26/2015-05-29, Tervuren (Belgique).

Knowledge of the age and growth rate of trees is essential to understand the dynamics of these ecosystems. However, due to the lack of winter conditions it is difficult to read the story in the wood of these tropical forests. In this study we evaluated the potentialities of a classical dendrochronological approach on Parkia nitida, a canopy emergent species of the tropical forests in French Guiana. We selected a species that yearly develops clear growth ring (i.e.a thin band of marginal parenchyma containing numerous crystals of calcium oxalate). The annual character of the ring production in P. nitida, a species that appears leafless every 10 to 13 months(Loubry, 1994; Morel et al. 2015), was established a priori by confronting the anatomical markers with primary growth markers as already done on a close-related species(Heuret et al. 2002; Zalamea et al. 2008; Nicolini et al. 2012). In addition, the growth ring periodicity was assessed by cambial wounding. These two results permitted to conclude that P.nitida has annual tree rings. At tree scale, secondary growth is homogeneous and relatively synchronous within individuals of this species in the same location. However, the influence of tested climatic parameters, such as temperature and precipitation on the annual radial growth, is low over the considered period. The study showed that, in the environment of French Guiana, marked annual seasonality of rainfall does not affect in a strong way the behavior of the trees. (Texte intégral)

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