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Cerrado wetlands: multiple ecosystems deserving legal protection as a unique and irreplaceable treasure
Giselda Durigan, Cássia Beatriz Munhoz, Maria José Brito Zakia, Rafael S. Oliveira, Natashi A.L. Pilon, Raul Silva Telles do Valle, Bruno M.T. Walter, Eliane A. Honda, Arnildo Pott

  • Wetlands function as the “kidneys of the planet”, assuring water supply and quality.

  • Cerrado wetlands have distinct vegetation types playing equivalent ecological roles.

  • All types of Cerrado wetlands should have the same status of legal protection.

  • The maximum water-table elevation defines the wetlands’ limit, biota and functioning.

  • All human actions threatening the hydrology of Cerrado wetlands must be regulated.

Open access
Available online 25 June 2022
Natural grassland remnants in dynamic agricultural landscapes: identifying drivers of fragmentation
C. Ríos, F. Lezama, G. Rama, G. Baldi, S. Baeza

  • Multi-temporal cropland mask allows accurate classification of grassland remnants.

  • Grasslands of Uruguayan Eastern Plains are in an advanced stage of fragmentation.

  • Suitability for rice crop establishment drives the grassland fragmentation.

Open access
Available online 22 May 2022
Conservation of forest cover in Mesoamerican biosphere reserves is associated with the increase of local non-farm occupation
Daniel Martín Auliz-Ortiz, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Eduardo Mendoza, Miguel Martínez-Ramos

  • Protected areas do not reduce the fragmentation rate.

  • Protected areas do not promote forest regrowth.

  • High concentration of rural settlements promote forest loss.

  • Reserves in contexts with greater non-farm occupation endure lower forest loss.

  • Local non-farm economic activities may help to conserve forest cover in protected areas.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Female ecologists are falling from the academic ladder: A call for action
Eugenia Zandonà

  • Science needs diversity to be more innovative and creative but women are still greatly underrepresented in many fields.

  • Brazilian female ecologists get half the amount of grant funding and higher scholarship rejections compared to men.

  • In Brazil, Ecology Post-Graduate programs show a strong decrease in women presence at the highest academic levels.

  • Lower access to project funding, maternity, implicit bias, harassment, no role models can lead to women leaving academia.

  • Involving more women and more people from underrepresented groups will lead to better science and conservation practices.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Fire and flood: How the Pantanal ant communities respond to multiple disturbances?
Filipe V. de Arruda, Fabrício B. Teresa, Viviane M.G. Layme, Ricardo E. Vicente, Flávio Camarota, Thiago J. Izzo

  • Fires affect the ant communities in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland.

  • Flooding, at a local scale, does not interact with fire to determine ant community structure.

  • Ant communities were resilient, and the observed effect of fire on their structure decreased after one year and was not noticed after four years.

  • Ant community recovery takes years, and there is a need for long intervals between fires to maintain the original ant community structure.

  • The observed increase in fire frequency can be detrimental to the ant community structure recovery, threatening the conservation of ants.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Long-term persistence of the large mammal lowland tapir is at risk in the largest Atlantic forest corridor
Bruno H. Saranholi, Alexandra Sanches, José F. Moreira-Ramírez, Carolina da Silva Carvalho, Mauro Galetti, Pedro M. Galetti Jr

  • Two genetic populations (inland and coastal) were found, reflecting the two major forested blocks.

  • Population genetic structure was better explained by elevation.

  • Low effective population size was found in both genetic populations.

  • The largest rainforest continuum is not totally permeable to gene flow of large mammals.

  • Lowland tapir conservation efforts should be taken even for populations living in large continuous areas.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Minimum costs to conserve 80% of the Brazilian Amazon
José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luís Claudio Fernandes Barbosa, Julie Topf, Ima Célia G. Vieira, Fabio R. Scarano

  • Conserving ∼80% of the Brazilian Amazon is still feasible

  • Conservation areas are essential for a new regional development model

  • The cost of establishing.1.3 million km2 of new conservation areas is USD 1.0–1.6 billion

  • The annual cost of 3.5 million km2 of conservation areas is USD 1.7–2.8 billion

  • A new ambitious, decentralized, and agile fund mechanism is required

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Phylogenetic clustering of tree communities decreases with stand age and environmental quality along a mineland rehabilitation chronosequence
Arianne Flexa de Castro, Priscila Sanjuan de Medeiros-Sarmento, Cecílio Frois Caldeira, Silvio Junio Ramos, Markus Gastauer

  • Phylogenetic diversity is lower in rehabilitating minelands than at reference sites.

  • Phylogenetic structure switches from clustering to overdispersion with stand age.

  • Phylogenetic overdispersion at older sites indicates the recovery of biological interactions.

  • Phylogenetic measures are associated with the environmental quality of rehabilitating sites.

Open access
Available online 20 May 2022
Strengthening top-down strategies are also required for conservation of the Araucaria Forest
Carlos R. Brocardo, Neucir Szinwelski, José Flávio Cândido-Jr, Larissa I. Squinzani, Victor M. Prasniewski, Marcelo Limont, Rodrigo F. Fadini
Open access
Available online 19 May 2022
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

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