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Contributing to wood anatomical databases to improve species identification, phylogeny and functional trait research in Central Africa
Morin, Julie; Fayolle, Adeline; De Ridder, Maaike et al.
2015Xylaredd Symposium


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Keywords :
wood anatomy; phylogeny; functional traits; central Africa; wood biology; wood charcoal; tropical forests; wood identification; tropical wood
Abstract :
[en] Central African rainforests shelter a high number of woody species that are anatomically very different. Knowledge of taxon-specific wood anatomical features has proven indispensable for scientific and non-scientific applications. The field of wood anatomy and identification has been drastically revolutionized by the development of internationally recognized lists of precisely illustrated microscopic features (e.g. IAWA Committee 1989), together with the launch of InsideWood, an online search database using these features to narrow down identification results (e.g. Wheeler 2011). However, despite these massive efforts, the anatomy of many species or even genera remains in the dark, especially in species-rich regions. Wood anatomy has been formally described for less than 25% of the Central African woody species (Hubau et al. 2012), the focus has been mainly on timber species and variations in wood anatomical structure remain to be explored. Therefore, we are assembling a wood anatomical database of about 800 species covering the Guineo-Congolian region using material from InsideWood and the Tervuren xylarium (new descriptions). As such, we present how large anatomical databases hold interesting perspectives for (i) wood and charcoal identification, (ii) exploring the phylogenetic signal of wood anatomy, and (iii) the relationship between wood anatomical features and functional traits.
Disciplines :
Anatomy (cytology, histology, embryology...) & physiology
Environmental sciences & ecology
Phytobiology (plant sciences, forestry, mycology...)
Author, co-author :
Morin, Julie ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Form. doct. sc. agro. & ingé. biol.
Fayolle, Adeline  ;  Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels
De Ridder, Maaike
Rousseau, Mélissa
Delvaux, Claire
de Haulleville, Thalès
Janssens, Steven
Hardy, Olivier J
Hubau, Wannes
Tshibamba, John
Doucet, Jean-Louis ;  Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Laboratoire de Foresterie des régions trop. et subtropicales
Beeckman, Hans
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Title :
Contributing to wood anatomical databases to improve species identification, phylogeny and functional trait research in Central Africa
Publication date :
26 May 2015
Number of pages :
Event name :
Xylaredd Symposium
Event organizer :
Royal Museum for Central Africa
Event place :
Tervuren, Belgium
Event date :
26th-29th May 2015
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