São Nicolau Farm - Cotriguaçu

The module IV was built in native forest on the São Nicolau Farm in 2010/2011 covering an area of 5 km². This module has 12 one-hectare LTER plots. The vegetation is characterized as an open and dense rainforest with soil clay. In the area are common tree species such as Bertholletia excelsa, Copaifera langsdorffii, Hymenaea courbaril, and Swietenia macrophylla together with shrub-tree species from the families Moraceae, Fabaceae, Lauraceae and Burseraceae.

Cristalino State Park

The module V was built in native forest in 2012, and 12 one-hectare LTER plots were installed covering an area of 5km². The vegetation is characterized as Semi-deciduous Seasonal Forest or with transition characteristics between Ombrophilous Forestand Seasonal Forest. Bertholletia excelsa,Copaifera langsdorffii, Hymenaea courbaril,Caryocar villosum are present in the area as well as shrub-tree species from the families Fabaceae, Rubiaceae, Melastomataceae, Malvaceae, and Moraceae.


Serra do Cipó: The research areas of the UFMG Com Cerrado are concentrated in the cerrado areas of Serra do Cipó located along the Espinhaço Chain (MG), southeastern Brazil. The installation drawings for modules and grids in Serra Cipó are shown in the protocols of the ComCerrado Network. In each of the collection sites, we have installed a weather station.

Atlantic Forest

Ilha Grande State Park (PEIG) and Praia do Sul State Biological Reserve (RBEPS): are located on Ilha Grande, an island which has a total area of 19,300 ha. The two modules have 5 km2 , with the PEIG module having 10 uniformly distributed plots and 8 riparian plots, and the RBEPS module has 5 uniformly distributed plots and 1 riparian plot. The plots are located in dense ombrophilous forest, alluvial forest, and restinga. The State University of Rio de Janeiro has a research base (CEADS) in Vila Dois Rios that is used to access the PEIG module.

Southern Brazilian Grasslands

The PPBio Southern Brazilian Grasslands Network consists of 15 sampling sites distributed throughout the South Brazilian grassland region (‘Campos Sulinos’), an exceptionally diverse natural grassland region located in the southernmost part of Brazil.