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Caesalpinia echinata Lam. (Brazil-wood): from seed to wood, a model for studies on tropical Brazilian trees


This proposal aims to gather knowledge on different aspects of the biology of Caesalpinia echinata Lam. To enlarge information on natural and economical history of this important legume tree native of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, and to propose a multidisciplinary model for future studies on other tropical trees: the main goals of the project are: to establish the original geographical distribution of Caesalpinia echinata throughout the Brazilian territory, as well as the history of its exploitation since the discover of the country; to estimate the pollen diversitt and genetic variability in natural and planted populations in the São Paulo State; to study the physiology and carbohydrate biochemistry of the process of maturation, storage and germination of seeds during maturation and storage aiming to increase seed viability and quality; to obtain protocols for propagation in vitro of clones aiming to reproduce genetically certified seedlings; to determine the optimal conditions for germination of seeds and early growth of seedings with emphasis on the effects of light; to develop and experimental model for maintenance of C. echinata plantations aiming the regular production of healthy young and adult trees; to perform anatomical studies of stem and roots of adult plants and to evaluate the effects of environmental factors on the seasonal changes of cambial activity; to understand some biological propoerties (structure and interaction with insects and fungi) of the wood of C. echinata using anatomical, mechanical, and chemical approaches); to evaluate the sensitivy/resistance of young plants to urban air pollutant aiming the use of C. echinata for ornamental purposes in Brazilian cities. At the end of the project we intend to create a databank about Caesalpinia echinata, which will certainly join important information for future recovery of distributed portions of the Brazilian vegetation. Also, the project will facilitate the training of human resources for studying disturbed or not disturbed Brazilian Biomes, and the establishment of a multidisciplinary research group specialised on biology and conservation of tropical tree species, as well as on their correct use in benefit of the human population. (AU)

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GIRARDI, GRAZIELE DE SOUZA; DA SILVA, CLAUDIA ALVES; BRAGA, MARCIA REGINA. Brazilwood sawdust composition confirms different feeding habits of larvae and adult males of the ambrosia beetle Megaplatypus mutatus during excavation. PHYTOPARASITICA, JAN 2022. Web of Science Citations: 0.
IGOR FERRARI BORGES; RITA DE CÁSSIA LEONE FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO. Regulação hídrica entre frutos e sementes de pau-brasil durante sua maturação. Hoehnea, v. 47, p. -, 2020.
SANDRIN, CARLA ZULIANI; LEONE FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO, RITA DE CASSIA; CARVALHO DELITTI, WELINGTON BRAZ; DOMINGOS, MARISA. Short-term changes of fructans in ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum `Lema') in response to urban air pollutants and meteorological conditions. ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY, v. 96, p. 80-85, OCT 1 2013. Web of Science Citations: 5.
MORAES, M. G.; CHATTERTON, N. J.; HARRISON, P. A.; FILGUEIRAS, T. S.; FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO, R. C. L. Diversity of non-structural carbohydrates in grasses (Poaceae) from Brazil. GRASS AND FORAGE SCIENCE, v. 68, n. 1, p. 165-177, MAR 2013. Web of Science Citations: 11.
TATHIANA LISBÔA PADULLA; MARIA HELOISA DUARTE DE MORAES; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO; IGOR FERRARI BORGES; JOSÉ OTÁVIO MACHADO MENTEN; SÉRGIO FLORENTINO PASCHOLATI. Detecção de fungos em sementes de pau-brasil (Caesalpinia echinata) coletadas durante sua formação e dispersão. Revista Brasileira de Sementes, v. 32, n. 2, p. 154-159, Jun. 2010.
SILVIA RIBEIRO DE SOUZA; SILVIA MARIA ROMANO SANT'ANNA; MIRIAN CILENE SPASIANI RINALDI; MARISA DOMINGOS. Short-term leaf responses of Nicotiana tabacum 'Bel-W3' to ozone under the environmental conditions of São Paulo, SE - Brazil. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, v. 52, n. 1, p. 251-258, Fev. 2009.
SANDRIN, CARLA ZULIANI; LEONE FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO, RITA DE CASSIA; MACHADO DE CARVALHO, MARIA ANGELA; CARVALHO DELITTI, WELINGTON BRAZ; DOMINGOS, MARISA. Sub-tropical urban environment affecting content and composition of non-structural carbohydrates of Lolium multiflorum ssp italicum cv. Lema. Environmental Pollution, v. 156, n. 3, p. 915-921, DEC 2008. Web of Science Citations: 6.
MOACIR EDSON HELLMANN; JULIANA IURA DE OLIVEIRA MELLO; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO; RITA DE CÁSSIA LEONE FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO. Variações dos carboidratos de reserva de sementes de Caesalpinia echinata (pau-brasil) armazenadas sob diferentes temperaturas. Hoehnea, v. 35, n. 2, p. -, Jun. 2008.
SIMONE DE PÁDUA TEIXEIRA; SÍLVIA RODRIGUES MACHADO. Storage sites in seeds of Caesalpinia echinata and C. ferrea (Leguminosae) with considerations on nutrients flow. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, v. 51, n. 1, p. 127-136, Fev. 2008.
JULIANA IURA DE OLIVEIRA MELLO; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO. Temperatura, luz e substrato para germinação de sementes de Pau-Brasil (Caesalpinia echinata Lam., Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae). Revista Árvore, v. 31, n. 4, p. -, Ago. 2007.
YURI T. ROCHA; ANDREA PRESOTTO; FELISBERTO CAVALHEIRO. The representation of Caesalpinia echinata (Brazilwood) in Sixteenth-and-Seventeenth-Century Maps. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 79, n. 4, p. -, Dez. 2007.
SILVA‚ C.A.; BEATRIZ BACELLAR MONTEIRO‚ M.; BRAZOLIN‚ S.; ANTONIO CARBALLEIRA LOPEZ‚ G.; RICHTER‚ A.; BRAGA‚ M.R. Biodeterioration of brazilwood Caesalpinia echinata Lam.(Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae) by rot fungi and termites. INTERNATIONAL BIODETERIORATION & BIODEGRADATION, v. 60, n. 4, p. 285-292, 2007.
ROSELY ANA PICCOLO GRANDI; THACYANA DE VALOIS SILVA. Fungos anamorfos decompositores do folhedo de Caesalpinia echinata Lam.. BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, v. 29, n. 2, p. 275-287, Jun. 2006.
GRAZIELE S. GIRARDI; ROSANA A. GIMÉNEZ; MÁRCIA R. BRAGA. Occurrence of Platypus mutatus Chapuis (Coleoptera: Platypodidae) in a brazilwood experimental plantation in Southeastern Brazil. Neotropical Entomology, v. 35, n. 6, p. 864-867, Dez. 2006.
HELLMANN, MOACIR E.; MELLO, JULIANA I. O.; FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO, RITA C. L.; BARBEDO, CLAUDIO J. Tolerância ao congelamento de sementes de pau-brasil (Caesalpinia echinata Lam.) influenciada pelo teor de água inicial. BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, v. 29, n. 1, p. 93-101, 2006.
I. S. GARCIA; A. SOUZA; C. J. BARBEDO; S. M. C. DIETRICH; R. C. L. FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO. Changes in soluble carbohydrates during storage of Caesalpinia echinata LAM. (Brazilwood) seeds, an endangered leguminous tree from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Brazilian Journal of Biology, v. 66, n. 2b, p. 739-745, Maio 2006.
IGOR F. BORGES; CLAUDIO J. BARBEDO; ANDREAS A. RICHTER; RITA DE CÁSSIA L. FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO. Variations in sugars and cyclitols during development and maturation of seeds of brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata Lam., Leguminosae). Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology, v. 18, n. 4, p. 475-482, Dez. 2006.
JOSIMARA N. RONDON; LILIAN B.P. ZAIDAN; MARISA DOMINGOS; CLAUDIO J. BARBEDO; RITA DE CÁSSIA L. FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO. Vegetative responses to temperature and photoperiod in saplings of brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata Lam., Leguminosae). Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology, v. 18, n. 4, p. 467-474, Dez. 2006.
IGOR FERRARI BORGES; JOÃO DEL GIUDICE NETO; DENISE AUGUSTA CAMARGO BILIA; RITA DE CÁSSIA LEONE FIGUEIREDO-RIBEIRO; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO. Maturation of seeds of Caesalpinia echinata Lam. (Brazilwood), an endangered leguminous tree from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, v. 48, n. 6, p. 851-861, Nov. 2005.
PATRICIA BULBOVAS; MIRIAN C.S. RINALDI; WELINGTON B.C. DELITTI; MARISA DOMINGOS. Variação sazonal em antioxidantes em folhas de plantas jovens de Caesalpinia echinata Lam. (pau-brasil). Rev. bras. Bot., v. 28, n. 4, p. -, Dez. 2005.
MORAES, R. M.; FURLAN, C. M.; DOMINGOS, M.; MEIRELLES, S. T.; SALATINO, A.; DELITTI, W. B.C; SANZ, M. J.; BULBOVAS, P. Photosynthetic responses of tropical trees to short-term exposure to ozone. Photosynthetica, v. 42, n. 2, p. 291-293, jun. 2004.
ANGELA MARIA S. CORRÊA. Morfologia polínica de Caesalpinia echinata Lam. (Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae). BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, v. 26, n. 3, p. 355-359, Set. 2003.

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