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Central Peru

  • July - October 2014
  • T-Forces Field Campaign
Trepar a los árboles para recoger muestras de sucursales (photo: Percy O. Chambi Porroa

T-FORCES Leaf Ecophysiology and Traits Field Campaign in central and northern Peru

Led by University of Oxford post-docs Dr. Lisa Patrick Bentley and Dr. Norma Salinas, the T-Forces Peru campaign had a successful kickoff in early July. Changing sites every 2-3 weeks until the beginning of October, the team sampled plant functional traits (leaf photosynthesis, leaf dark respiration, leaf spectra, specific leaf area, leaf thickness, leaf/wood anatomy and leaf venation) on the most abundant tree species in 5 long term monitorring plots along an elevational gradient in central Peru. The first 3 plots are located in the Parque Nacional Yanachaga (Oxapampa, Peru) and the second 2 plots are located in the Reserva National Allpahuayo Mishana (Iquitos, Peru). The team is comprised of assistants from the Jardín Botánico de Missouri (Oxapampa, Peru) and students from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad (Cusco, Peru). While field work has been challenging due to camping and working in remote plot locations with unexpected heavy rains, the team remains in good spirits.

Text: Dr. Lisa Patrick Bentley, University of Oxford

Images: Percy O Chambi Porroa

Milenka extracción de discos de hojas salida del sol sobre los Andes (photo: Percy O. Chambi Porroa)