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A simple and effective methodology for sampling modern pollen rain in tropical environments

Gosling, William D.; Mayle, Francis E.; Killeen, Timothy J.; Siles, Marcelo; Sanchez, Lupita and Boreham, Steve (2003). A simple and effective methodology for sampling modern pollen rain in tropical environments. The Holocene, 13(4) pp. 613–618.

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Abstract

To gain a better insight into the nature of palaeovegetation change in tropical ecosystems, more information needs to be gleaned from the limited number of fossil pollen records that exist. To achieve this, a detailed understanding of modern tropical ecosystems and the pollen they produce is required. To facilitate this, a practicable and effective mechanism for sampling modern pollen rain from the tropics is required. This paper presents a modified field methodology based upon three years of trapping experience in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia, and improved laboratory preparation methodologies. We demonstrate here a simple and very effective way to sample modern pollen rain in tropical environments using a funnel trap mounted on a stake containing cotton fibre as the trapping medium.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1477-0911
Keywords: pollen analysis; pollen rain; pollen trap; tropics; modern analogue; Bolivia
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 4034
Depositing User: William Gosling
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4034
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