Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition

Levis, Carolina, Costa, F. R. C., Bongers, F., Pena-Claros, M., Clement, C. R., Junqueira, A. B., Neves, E. G., Tamanaha, E. K., Figueiredo, F. O. G., Salomao, R. P., Castilho, Carolina V., Magnusson, William E., Phillips, Oliver L., Guevara, Juan Ernesto, Sabatier, Daniel, Molino, Jean François, Lopez, D. Cardenas, Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo, Pitman, Nigel C A, Duque, A., Vargas, P. Nunez, Zartman, Charles E., Vasquez, Rodolfo, Andrade, Ana, Camargo, José Luís, Feldpausch, Ted R., Laurance, Susan G W, Laurance, W. F., Killeen, T. J., Nascimento, H. E. Mendona, Montero, Juan Carlos, Mostacedo, Bonifacio, Amaral, Iêda Leão, Vieira, I. C. Guimaraes, Brienen, Roel J. W., Castellanos, Hernán, Terborgh, J, Carim, M. de Jesus Veiga, Guimaraes, J. R. da Silva, Coelho, L. de Souza, Matos, Francisca Dionízia De Almeida, Wittmann, Florian, Mogollon, H. F., Damasco, Gabriel, Davila, N., Garcia-Villacorta, R., Coronado, Eurídice N Honorio, Emilio, Thaise, Lima Filho, Diógenes De Andrade, Schietti, Juliana, De Souza, Priscila F., Targhetta, Natalia, Comiskey, James A., Marimon, Beatriz S., Marimon Junior, Ben Hur, Neill, David, Alonso, Alfonso, Arroyo, Luzmila, Carvalho, Fernanda Antunes, Souza, Fernanda Coelho, Dallmeier, Francisco, Pansonato, Marcelo Petrati, Duivenvoorden, Joost F., Fine, Paul V A, Stevenson, P. R., Araujo-murakami, Alejandro, Aymard C., Gerardo A., Baraloto, Christopher, do Amaral, Dário Dantas, Engel, J., Henkel, Terry W., Maas, Paul, Petronelli, Pascal, Revilla, Juan David Cardenas, Stropp, Juliana, Daly, Doug, Gribel, R, Paredes, M. Rios, Silveira, Marcos, Thomas-Caesar, Raquel, Baker, Tim R., da Silva, Naara Ferreira, Ferreira, Leandro Valle, Peres, C. A., Silman, Miles R., Ceron, C., Valverde, Fernando Cornejo, Fiore, Alessia, Jimenez, Eliana M., Mora, M. C. Penuela, Toledo, M, Barbosa, Edelcilio Marques, Bonates, L. C. de Matos, Arboleda, Nicolás Castaño, Farias, E. de Sousa, Fuentes, Alfredo, Guillaumet, Jean-Louis, Jorgensen, P. Moller, Malhi, Y, Miranda, I. P. de Andrade, Phillips, J. F., Prieto, Adriana, Rudas, Agustín, Ruschel, A. R., Silva, Barbara N., Von Hildebrand, Patricio, Vos, Vincent A., Zent, Eglée L., Zent, Stanford, Cintra, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat, Nascimento, Marcelo T., Oliveira, Alexandre A., Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma, Ramos, José Ferreira, Rivas, Gonzalo, Schongart, J., Sierra, Rodrigo, Tirado, Milton, Van Der Heijden, Geertje M. F., Torre, Emilio Vilanova, Wang, Ophelia, Young, K. R., Baider, Claudia, Cano, Angela, Farfan-Rios, William, Ferreira, Cid, Hoffman, Bruce, Mendoza, Casimiro, Mesones, Italo, Torres-lezama, Armando, Medina, María Natalia Umaña, Van Andel, Tinde R., Villarroel, Daniel, Zagt, Roderick, Alexiades, Miguel N., Balslev, Henrik, Garcia-Cabrera, Karina, Gonzales, T, Hernandez, Lionel, Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Isau, Manzatto, Angelo Gilberto, Milliken, W, Cuenca, Walter Palacios, Pansini, Susamar, Pauletto, Daniela, Arevalo, Freddy Ramirez, Reis, Neidiane Farias Costa, Sampaio, Adeilza Felipe, Giraldo, Ligia Estela Urrego, Sandoval, E. H. Valderrama, Gamarra, Luis Valenzuela, Vela, César I A and Ter Steege, Hans (2017) Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science, 355 (6328). pp. 925-931. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

The extent to which pre-Columbian societies altered Amazonian landscapes is hotly debated. We performed a basin-wide analysis of pre-Columbian impacts on Amazonian forests by overlaying known archaeological sites in Amazonia with the distributions and abundances of 85 woody species domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples. Domesticated species are five times more likely than nondomesticated species to be hyperdominant. Across the basin, the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species increase in forests on and around archaeological sites. In southwestern and eastern Amazonia, distance to archaeological sites strongly influences the relative abundance and richness of domesticated species. Our analyses indicate that modern tree communities in Amazonia are structured to an important extent by a long history of plant domestication by Amazonian peoples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: patterns,history,climate,cultivation,evolution,selection,region,crops,soils,basin
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 06:06
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65491
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal0157

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