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Growth of Euterpe edulis Mart. (Arecaceae) under forest and agroforestry in southern Brazil

Literature: Journal Articles

Favreto, R., Mello, R.S.P., & de Moura Baptista, L.R. 2010, "Growth of Euterpe edulis Mart. (Arecaceae) under forest and agroforestry in southern Brazil", Agroforestry Systems, vol. 80, pp.303-313.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:


  • State Foundation for Agricultural Research--FEPAGRO, RS484 km5, CEP 95530-000 Maquiné, RS, Brazil
  • Department of Ecology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500, CEP 91540-000 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • Ação Nascente Maquiné-ANAMA, Rua do Comércio 507, CEP 95532-000 Maquiné, RS, Brazil
  • Post-Graduate Program in Botany, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul--UFRGS, Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, CEP 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


Agroforestry Systems

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Species Info

  • Euterpe edulis
  • Musa sp. AAB, subgroup Prata (exotic)


  • This article compares growth rates and mortality of Euterpe edulis in banana plantations and in secondary dense ombrophilous forest sites of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, over a 5 year period.  It is one of the few field studies of E. edulis.
  • Relationship of growth and mortality to site variables—canopy opening, soil nutrient availability, density of E. edulis, and herbivory—are also compared.
  • E. edulis growth was 5 times greater in banana plantations than in forest plots due to availability of nutrients from fertilization and to higher levels of radiation, though E. edulis requires shade in early stages.  Nutrient use depends on light conditions.
  • Significant relationships between morphometric variables (measured as stem base diameter, height, and quantity of live leaves), mortality, and site variables were observed.
  • The authors attest that agricultural areas, especially banana plantations and agroforestry systems, can be sites for spontaneous regeneration and conservation of E. edulis.  Agricultural landscapes may share characteristics with forest gaps or forests in early successional stages.
  • The authors claim that E. edulis’ plasticity allows its regeneration in banana plantations and in forest gaps and edges.
  • While usually classified as a shade-tolerant climax species, E. edulis may be considered secondary because of its dependence on increased luminosity to reach maturity and because of its presence in impacted areas.

Geographical Region

  • Coastal Atlantic South America
  • Country

  • Brazil
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