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Tropical Rain Forest regeneration in an area degraded by mining in Mato Grosso State, Brazil

Literature: Journal Articles

Rodrigues, R.R., Martins, S.V., Barros, L.C., 2004. "Tropical rain forest regeneration in an area degraded by mining in Mato Grosso State, Brazil." Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 190, no. 2-3, pp 323-333.

Contact Info

  • Corresponding Author: Sebastião Venancio Martins
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  • Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, ESALQ, Universidade de São Paulo, 13418-900 Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
  • Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, 36571-000 Viçosa, MG, Brazil
  • Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, 78060-900 Cuiabá, MT, Brazil


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Species Info

  • Trema micrantha
  • Schizolobium amazonicum
  • Cecropia purpuracens
  • Sapium glandulatum
  • Hyeronima alchorneoides
  • Inga nobilis
  • Myrcia sp.
  • Apeiba tibourbou
  • Aspidosperma polyneuron
  • Himatanthus obovatus
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Protium robustum
  • Marlieria sp.
  • Guettarda viburnoides
  • Anacardium giganteum
  • Lonchocarpus sp.
  • Quiina paraensis
  • Pouteria ramiflora 


  • Gold mining in the north of Mato Grosso State has been an important form of environmental degradation in the Amazon.
  • Gold mining companies are interested in recovering the areas that have been degraded, and therefore the goal of this study is to provide information about the factors that will influence the recovery, such as the degradation intensity, cost/benefits of recovery activities, site conditions and remnant vegetation from the surroundings.
  • The authors carried out a vegetation analysis in the 16 ha mine site by sampling 3 plots and 3 transects at varying distances from a forest fragment. In these transects, surveys of natural regeneration were conducted measuring all trees and shrubs >0.50 m in a period of 5, 13, and 18 months after the site was abandoned.
  • For the results, there was an increase in the number of individuals, species and families over time as shown by the three surveys, but the dominant plant families varied in for each survey, indicating a tendency to advance in the secondary succession with pioneer species being progressively substituted by species of later ecological groups.
  • Meanwhile, the transects that were closer the forest remnants had an increased species richness. Some species occurred only in areas close to the forest.
  • The mine site shows a clear process of regeneration, but it is significantly related to the existence of remnant forests.

Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Brazil
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