INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Climate Influences on the Radial Growth of Centrolobium microchaete, a Valuable Timber Species from the Tropical Dry Forests in Bolivia
LIDIO LOPEZ AND RICARDO VILLALBA
WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
Lugar: Zurich; Año: 2010 p. 1 - 1
In this study, we use tree-ring records to determine the climate factors controlling the growth of Centrolobium microchaete, a high-value timber species from the tropicaldry Chiquitano forest in Bolivia. We present the first tree-ring chronologies from C. microchaete for Concepci´on and Santa M´onica, Bolivia. Statistical analyses showthat the chronologies are of good quality and have a significant common signal between trees. The growth of C. microchaete is strongly influenced by climatic conditionsduring late springearly summer. Abundant precipitations concurrent with below-average temperatures during this period of the year favor tree growth. Climatevariations in late springearly summer explain 440 percent of the total variance in C. microchaete tree growth during the interval 19432005. Minor differences intree responses to climate recorded between the two stands may reflect differences in the extent of the dry season and in soil water capacity between sites. Although thechronologies cover the past 180 yr, adding samples from older individuals would permit the extension of these records further back in time. The strong climatedependency of tree growth suggests that predicted future climate changes in the region could have a significant influence on C. microchaete tree growth during the 21stcentury.