Project that aims to compile and synthesize the existing knowledge on the structure and diversity of neotropical tree communities and on the traits of their species. Currently, the project mainly contains information from the forests and shrublands of the Atlantic Forest (lato sensu), Cerrado, Caatinga and Pantanal biomes (i.e. extra-Amazonian neotropical domains inside the Brazilian territory). The coordination of the project is currently based at Universidade de São Paulo (LET and LabTrop), with the collaboration of researchers from other universities. The database is currently in version 4.0.
So far, TreeCo is composed by two main bodies of information:
Figure 1. The quantitative tree community surveys found (left) and the surveys with species abundance data already entered in the database (right). Thick lines present the oficial limits of the Brazilian biomes and Latin america, while the grey lines define the Brazilian states.
TreeCo is open for collaboration with other researches that wants to use it or to improve the database. People willing to use the database in their grad or post-doc projects are specially welcome. We are also more proned to collaborate with those who want to give their input on the quantity or quality of the information in the database instead of only using it.
Once the database is ready, we want to answer scientific questions related to the following topics: