This data package contains data from: Efficient plot-based floristic assessment of tropical forests.

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Phillips OL, Vásquez Martínez R, Núñez Vargas P, Lorenzo Monteagudo A, Chuspe Zans ME, Galiano Sánchez W, Peña Cruz A, Timaná M, Yli-Halla M & Rose S. 2003.Efficient plot-based floristic assessment of tropical forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 19 (6):629-645. doi:10.1017/S0266467403006035

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Phillips O.L., Nunez Vargas P., Monteagudo A., Cornejo Valverde F., Peña Cruz A., Reatigui Ismodes A., Ramirez Salas W., Chuspe M.E., Lopez Flores M., Chacon Troncoso C., Mamani Balarezo A., Rosales Solorzano E., Galindo Castro W.,Calloquispe F. H., Pickavance G. Data from 91 Transect Plots from “Proyecto Biodiversidad y Comunidad, Madre de Dios, Perú”
ForestPlots.NET DOI: 10.5521/FORESTPLOTS.NET/1999_1


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This data package makes available tree-by-tree diameter and floristic data from 91 samples of 0.1-ha each, in community and protected lands in eastern Madre de Dios, in Amazonian Peru.  Data were collected by a team of Peruvian botanists and assistants, in a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco, and the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana. This work was part of a project funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, and represents the first coordinated contribution to the international RAINFOR consortium (Red Amazónica de Inventarios Forestales). Fieldwork was conducted in 1998 and 1999, with subsequent herbarium work focused on accurate identification of the plants collected. The field protocol involved the locally randomised location of sample plots within cultural and biophysical strata, as defined by visual interpretation of Landsat imagery in conjunction with researcher knowledge and representatives of the local indigenous and immigrant rural communities. The primary contrast is between ‘altura’ and ‘bajio’ forest systems, the former being terra firme forests on largely Pleistocene deposits, the latter in the Holocene floodplain zone (some but not all sites experiencing occasional flooding). Each 0.1-ha sample is a modified Gentry plot, with non-scandent stems down to 2.5cm diameter identified and measured at a height of 1.3m or above buttresses.