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See detailDynamique d’une espèce ligneuse héliophile longévive dans un monde changeant le cas de Pericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen (Fabaceae) au sud-est du Cameroun
Bourland, Nils ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Scientific conference (2014, May 13)

Exposé sur l'origine et la dynamique des peuplements formés par Pericopsis elata au Sud-Est du Cameroon.

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See detailRecords of human activity during the late-Holocene in the soils of the African dense humid forest
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past ... [more ▼]

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past human settlements along the Atlantic coast, but very little information is available further inland. In this perspective, soil records seem to be the most appropriated so as to appraise the spatial and temporal extent of human activity in the African dense humid forest. In this paper, we thus aimed to present a synthesis of the archaeological and archaeobotanical data obtained during several fieldwork campaigns in an archaeologically unexplored area of 200,000 km² located in southern Cameroon and the northern Republic of Congo. A total of 275 test pits, among them 30 pedological pits up to 150 cm deep, were excavated in the study area. So as to get a long temporal scale as well as a fine resolution spatial scale, we quantified wood charcoal and charred endocarps in soil samples by layers of 10 cm taken for 100 pits located along transects of systematic sampling. Spatial projections were performed using statistics together with multivariate analyses. AMS radiocarbon dating allowed interpreting the temporal framework. Evidence of past human activities through either artifacts or charred botanical remains was observed in all pits, in particular with the ubiquitous presence of charcoal at each site. Main charcoal peaks were interpreted as fields (slash-and-burn agriculture) in the vicinity of ancient villages, the later marked by the presence of both potsherds and oil palm endocarps. The dichotomy of these kinds of activities may have impacted differentially the environment during the past. The set of 73 radiocarbon dates extending from 15,000 BP to the present time provided more dates in the late-Holocene showing a bimodal distribution which was interpreted as two phases of human expansion with an intermediate phase of population crash. The 2300–1300 BP phase is correlated with the migrations of supposed farming populations from northwestern Cameroon. Between 1300 and 670 BP, less material could be dated. Following that population collapse, the 670–20 BP phase corresponds to a new period of human expansion known as the Late Iron Age. The dates obtained support the established chronology reported for whole central Africa. This study underlines the necessity of fieldwork efforts and of the usefulness of archives sealed in soil records so as to bring new, extensive and precise evidence of human activities in the Congo Basin. [less ▲]

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See detailQuaternary rainforests of the Northern Congo Basin: contribution of charcoal analysis
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Bremond, Laurent; Gillet, Jean-François ULg et al

Conference (2014, March 27)

In comparison with the wood charcoals uncovered in the soils of the temperate regions, charcoals from the tropical regions remain little studied yet, in particular those from the dense humid forests of ... [more ▼]

In comparison with the wood charcoals uncovered in the soils of the temperate regions, charcoals from the tropical regions remain little studied yet, in particular those from the dense humid forests of Central Africa. Here we aim at showing the interest of the analysis of soil charcoals so as to understand the current environments through some examples of taxonomical identifications conducted on charcoals sampled in several soil pits in Cameroon and in the Republic of the Congo. These charcoals were hand-split then observed under an incident light microscope. The anatomical features that are hold in the charcoals and described according to a standard method were compared to wood samples from the reference collection of the RMCA. Results demonstrated that the identified species are still present in the vegetal environment today and that only limited changes occurred over the past two millennia. Charcoal analysis can thus allow a better understanding of the past history of the forests in relationship with the ancient disturbances. The temporal and spatial framework of human settlements as well as the impact of the colonial period on the evolution of the forest is also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification des charbons de bois pour connaître l'histoire passée des forêts tropicales africaines
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; De Weerdt, Joëlle; Hubau, Wannes et al

Scientific conference (2014, March 26)

Nous présentons ici différents aspects de l’étude des charbons de bois à travers l’exemple de l’Afrique tropicale

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See detailHistoire humaine des forêts tropicales du nord du Bassin du Congo durant les deux derniers millénaires
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, March 26)

Identifier les indices d’activités humaines anciennes et les mettre en relation avec la composition floristique actuelle grâce à une approche multidisciplinaire.

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See detailRapport final du projet FRFC n° 2.4577.10. Dynamique des populations d’arbres et d’herbacées héliophiles en relation avec les anciennes perturbations anthropiques et climatiques
Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Hardy, Olivier

Report (2014)

L’objectif principal de ce projet était d’étudier dans quelle mesure l’organisation de la biodiversité végétale des forêts d’Afrique centrale a été influencée par les activités anthropiques et les ... [more ▼]

L’objectif principal de ce projet était d’étudier dans quelle mesure l’organisation de la biodiversité végétale des forêts d’Afrique centrale a été influencée par les activités anthropiques et les changements climatiques qui se sont déroulés au cours des quelques derniers millénaires. A cette fin, cinq disciplines ont été utilisées : (1) l'archéologie afin de dater et de quantifier l’intensité de l’occupation humaine ; (2) l'anthracologie pour reconstituer la végétation présente lors du passage des feux ; (3) la dendrochronologie en vue d’établir des corrélations entre les événements passés et l'âge des arbres ; (4) l'écologie des communautés pour permettre de tester l’existence d’une corrélation entre l’abondance d’espèces héliophiles et les indices d’occupation humaine ; (5) la génétique des populations afin d'identifier des signatures génétiques d’anciens évènements de fragmentation et de changement démographique. [less ▲]

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See detailThe end of roaming in the forest causes a loss of timber resources: the paradox of slash-and-burn agriculture
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Favier, Charly et al

Conference (2014, February 27)

Tropical forests are not believed as pristine anymore. Their structure and specific composition are induced by past climatic and human disturbances over years. In the African moist forests, the emergent ... [more ▼]

Tropical forests are not believed as pristine anymore. Their structure and specific composition are induced by past climatic and human disturbances over years. In the African moist forests, the emergent trees are mainly light-demanding. These trees are considered to derive from the recent disturbances of the last centuries. Most of them are exploited for their timber. However, several of these tree species are currently suffering from a lack of regeneration that threatens the specific diversity of the forests and the sustainability of timber exploitation. Through dendrometric and radiocarbon analyses we found that the majority of the trees of the Congo Basin are not older than 160 years. This corresponds to about the year 1850 when the Europeans colonized the inner regions of Central Africa. By reassembling people along the road axes, the colonial administration reduced the forest roaming. Former activities such as slash and burn agriculture created large openings in the canopy that allowed light-demanding tree species to establish. Currently we observed that timber logging does not provide openings large enough for the recruitment of these species. We thus anticipate that adjustments in forest management strategies shall be made to preserve the forest resources, for instance by recreating the conditions of slash and burn agriculture. [less ▲]

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See detailSpeciation slowing down in widespread and long-living tree taxa : insights from the tropical timber tree genus Milicia (Moraceae)
Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Duminil, Jérôme et al

in Heredity (2014)

The long generation time and large effective size of widespread forest tree species can result in slow evolutionary rate and incomplete lineage sorting, complicating species delimitation. We addressed ... [more ▼]

The long generation time and large effective size of widespread forest tree species can result in slow evolutionary rate and incomplete lineage sorting, complicating species delimitation. We addressed this issue with the African timber tree genus Milicia that comprises two morphologically similar and often confounded species: M. excelsa, widespread from West to East Africa, and M. regia, endemic to West Africa. We combined information from nuclear microsatellites (nSSRs), nuclear and plastid DNA sequences, and morphological systematics to identify significant evolutionary units and infer their evolutionary and biogeographical history. We detected five geographically coherent genetic clusters using nSSRs and three levels of genetic differentiation. First, one West African cluster matched perfectly with the morphospecies M. regia that formed a monophyletic clade at both DNA sequences. Second, a West African M. excelsa cluster formed a monophyletic group at plastid DNA and was more related to M. regia than to Central African M. excelsa, but shared many haplotypes with the latter at nuclear DNA. Third, three Central African clusters appeared little differentiated and shared most of their haplotypes. Although gene tree paraphyly could suggest a single species in Milicia following the phylogenetic species concept, the existence of mutual haplotypic exclusivity and nonadmixed genetic clusters in the contact area of the two taxa indicate strong reproductive isolation and, thus, two species following the biological species concept. Molecular dating of the first divergence events showed that speciation in Milicia is ancient (Tertiary), indicating that long-living tree taxa exhibiting genetic speciation may remain similar morphologically. [less ▲]

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See detailWood charcoal analysis: a relatively new tool for palaeoecology in tropical Africa
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Biwole, Achille ULg; Bourland, Nils ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, February 14)

This is an introduction about wood charcoal properties, collection and taxonomical identification in the framework of palaeoecological studies in Central Africa through examples of possible applications.

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See detailA short insight into the ecology of Pericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen (Fabaceae) in southeastern Cameroon
Bourland, Nils ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Scientific conference (2014, February 14)

Some key points of the autecology of Pericopsis elata in Southeastern Cameroon. Implications are given for the sustainable forest management of the species in the context of selective logging.

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See detailFrom wood charcoals to trees: pitfalls and successes of the taxonomic identification in tropical contexts
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; De Weerdt, Joëlle; Hubau, Wannes et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

So as to document the past history of tropical forests, several palaeoenvironmental proxies have been used. For instance, charcoals from soil deposits provide a local signal of the evolution of the ... [more ▼]

So as to document the past history of tropical forests, several palaeoenvironmental proxies have been used. For instance, charcoals from soil deposits provide a local signal of the evolution of the vegetation together with snapshots of human interactions with the environment. As charcoal analyses are rare in tropical contexts, here we aim at presenting the different aspects of charcoal studies through their pitfalls and successes as well as the needs for further research. Charcoal analysis (anthracology) is a discipline initially from archaeobotany that consists in the analysis of pieces of charred wood primarily found in archaeological contexts but also in natural soil layers. Its goal is to identified the species that burnt during the past through the observation of the charred wood structure. Indeed carbonization, as the incomplete combustion of the ligneous material, preserves the wood structure. The identifications obtained through microscopic observations allow assessing past uses of wood and human impacts on the forest landscape. However, issues typically tropical exist: difficulties related to fieldwork accessibility, to sampling, to soil processing so as to collect the charcoals, difficulties related to the taxonomic identification because of the huge number of species and of the limited number of anatomical descriptions. New developments are nonetheless emerging for Central Africa with original anatomical descriptions, identification protocols and visual keys. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification des zones d'intérêt écologique dans les concessions d'exploitation forestière. Concilier les objectifs de production de bois d'oeuvre avec la conservation de la biodiversité.
Sépulchre, Frédéric; Federspiel, Michèle; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

in Bühler, Arthur; Demenois, Julien; Doucet, Jean-Louis (Eds.) et al Etudes sur le plan pratique de l'aménagement des forêts naturelles de production tropicales africaines. Volet 4: Gestion durable et préconisations en vue de la certification. (2014)

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See detailSuivi et gestion des populations d'essences commerciales. Protection des espèces sensibles et viabilité écologique de l'exploitation.
Sépulchre, Frédéric; Federspiel, Michèle; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

in Bühler, Arthur; Demenois, Julien; Doucet, Jean-Louis (Eds.) et al Etudes sur le plan pratique de l'aménagement des forêts naturelles de production tropicales africaines. Volet 4: Gestion durable et préconisations en vue de la certification. (2014)

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See detailSoil Seed Bank : a poorly know component of forest regeneration
Douh, Chauvelin ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Fernandez Pierna, Juan-Antonio et al

Poster (2014, February)

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See detailFunctional traits and speciation of tropical African species: the case of genus Guibourtia Benn
Tosso, Dji-ndé Félicien ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Hardy, J. Olivier et al

Poster (2014, January 07)

Nowadays, comparative ecology approach is widely used to understand mechanisms of speciation. In evolutionary biology, few studies take into account the importance of physiological traits as criteria for ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, comparative ecology approach is widely used to understand mechanisms of speciation. In evolutionary biology, few studies take into account the importance of physiological traits as criteria for interspecific differentiation, although such an approach is particularly suited to infer the adaptive capacities of taxa. The genus Guibourtia Benn (Fabaceae / Caesalpinioideae), composed of 13 species in Africa, seems an ideal candidate for this study. As a matter of fact, this model includes not only species of different vegetation ecosystems (forest and savanna) but also morphologically very similar species found in various areas with different climates and soils (sandy, clayloam, limestone, hydromorph). Addressing speciation issues, our study seeks to test the hypothesis that populations of closely related species should be studied in terms of both functional traits and phylogeny. In this research, two questions are asked: (i) what are the phylogenetic differences within the genus Guibourtia? (ii) To what extent phylogeny, functional traits and bioclimatic envelope are linked? The results of the study will help to realize the distribution modeling of different evolutionary units of Guibourtia using a dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB) in order to propose strategies for conservation and sustainable management in the context of Central African forests. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Evidence of Human Activities during the Holocene in the Lowland Forests of the Northern Congo Basin
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Gillet, Jean-François ULg et al

in Radiocarbon (2014), 56(1), 209-220

In the last decade, the myth of the pristine tropical forest has been seriously challenged. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past human settlements along the Atlantic forests ... [more ▼]

In the last decade, the myth of the pristine tropical forest has been seriously challenged. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past human settlements along the Atlantic forests, but very little information is available about human activities further inland. In this study, we aimed at determining the temporal and spatial patterns of human activities in an archaeologically unexplored area of 110,000 km² located in the northern Congo Basin and currently covered by dense forest. Fieldwork involving archaeology as well as archaeobotany was undertaken in 36 sites located in southeastern Cameroon and in the northern Republic of Congo. Evidence of past human activities through either artifacts or charred botanical remains was observed in all excavated test pits across the study area. The set of 43 radiocarbon dates extending from 15,000 BP to the present time showed a bimodal distribution in the Late Holocene which was interpreted as two phases of human expansion with an intermediate phase of depopulation. The 2300–1300 BP phase is correlated with the migrations of supposed farming populations from northwestern Cameroon. Between 1300 and 670 BP, less material could be dated. This is in agreement with the population collapse already reported for central Africa. Following this, the 670–20 BP phase corresponds to a new period of human expansion known as the Late Iron Age. These results bring new and extensive evidence of human activities in the northern Congo Basin and support the established chronology for human history in central Africa. [less ▲]

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