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Distribution and ecology of parent taxa of pollen lodged within the Latin American Pollen Database.

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  • R. Marchant
  • L. Almeida
  • J.C. Berrio
  • M. Bush
  • A. Cleef
  • J. Duivenvoorden
  • M. Kappelle
  • P. De Oliveira
  • A.T. de Oliveira-Filho
  • S. Lozano-Garcia
  • M.P. Ledru
  • B. Ludlow-Wiechers
  • V. Markgraf
  • V. Mancini
  • M. Paez
  • A. Prieto
  • O. Rangel
  • M.L. Salgado-Labouriau
  • H. Behling
  • H. Hooghiemstra


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JournalReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology
DatePublished - Aug 2002
Issue number1
Number of pages74
Pages (from-to)1-75
Original languageEnglish


The cornerstone of palaeoecological research, concerned with vegetation dynamics over the recent geological past, is a good understanding of the present-day ecology and distribution of the taxa. This is particularly necessary in areas of high floral diversity such as Latin America. Vegetation reconstructions, based on numerous pollen records, now exist with respect to all major vegetation associations from Latin America. With this ever-increasing number of sedimentary records becoming available, there is a need to collate this information and to provide information concerning ecology and distribution of the taxa concerned. The existing Latin American Pollen Database (LAPD) meets the first of these needs. Information concerning the ecology and distribution of the parent taxa responsible for producing the pollen, presently lodged within the LAPD, is the focus of this paper. The ‘dictionary’ describes the ecology and distribution of the parent taxa responsible for producing pollen identified within sedimentary records. These descriptions are based on a wide range of literature and extensive discussions with members of the palaeoecological community working in different parts of Latin America investigating a range of different vegetation types.

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