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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Homage to L. M. Coutinho: fire adaptations in cerrado plants

Juli G. Pausas
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CIDE-CSIC, Carretera de Naquera Km. 4.5, 46113 Montcada, Valencia, Spain. Email: juli.g.pausas@uv.es

International Journal of Wildland Fire 26(3) 249-251 https://doi.org/10.1071/WF17017
Submitted: 2 February 2017  Accepted: 4 February 2017   Published: 27 February 2017

Abstract

Professor Coutinho (1934–2016; Sao Paulo, Brazil) studied fire adaptations in Brazilian savannas during the 1970s, when very few researchers recognised fire as an evolutionary force. His main contributions were on fire-stimulated flowering, serotiny and nutrient cycling. However, he is little known, partly because he was not Anglo-Saxon but also because he was ahead of his time, when fire and evolution were still distant concepts.


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