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RAINFOR Ecologists help uncover 'hyperdominant' tree species in the Amazon

  • October, 2013

A new publication released in Science (Hans ter Steege et al) describes 16,000 tree species in Amazonia. Of these, 227 hyperdominant species are identified as accounting for half of all Amazon trees.

For the first time, plant ecologists have managed to work out which species dominate Greater Amazonia. This has required a huge collaborative effort, with more than 100 researchers working in each one of the nine nations of Amazonia. However, in the new study, researchers combined data from 1,170 forestry surveys to finally answer two long-standing questions: How many trees are there in Greater Amazonia, and how many tree species occur there?

Read the publication here and view the English press release here.