Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Southern Peru

  • September - October 2003
Southern Peru

A 20 year anniversary! The network of plots established originally by Al Gentry at Explorer's Inn, on the Rio Tambopata and Cusco Amazonico, on the Rio Madre de Dios, are some of the longest running, and best known botanically, in Amazonia. Oliver Phillips, Tim Baker (University of Leeds), Abel Monteagudo, Antonio Pena Cruz, Luis Gamarra, Isau Chuquimaco (Proyecto Flora del Peru), Margot Huicho, Mara Cazoria, Euridice Honorio and Jim Martin went back to conduct the latest recensus. A number of novel aspects of forest structure were also studied: a protocol for determining the quantity of coarse woody debris in the plots was developed - an important parameter to measure to understand overall patterns of carbon cycling in the forest - and detailed data on liana distributions and abundances were also collected. If mosquito abundance is any indicator of site fertility, then Cusco Amazonico should be the most productive forest in Amazonia!