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Study Shows Indigenous Hunting With Fire Helps Sustain Brazil's Savannas
2013-12-12 12:37:41

Indiana University Indigenous use of fire for hunting is an unlikely contributor to long-term carbon emissions, but it is an effective environmental management and recovery tool against agribusiness deforestation, a new study from Indiana University and Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation has found. Many indigenous peoples in Brazil have practiced hunting with fire, and today Brazil's Xavante Indians often use fire to hunt game for ceremonial occasions such as weddings and rites of...

Cave Paintings Found In Brazil Date Back To Ancient Hunter-Gatherers
2013-11-12 04:39:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local non-governmental organization, Instituto Quinta do Sol were recently tracking white-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari) and gathering data in Brazil's Pantanal and Cerrado biomes when they discovered ancient cave drawings made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago. The findings, published in the journal Revista Clio Arqueológica, demonstrate that...

2013-08-22 12:49:40

Native savanna-grown fruits rich in bioactive compounds, antioxidants Native Brazilian fruits grown in arid climates and poor soil have similar antioxidant activity to conventionally grown Red Delicious apples, according to research published August 21 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Sandra Fernandes Arruda from the University of Brazil and colleagues from other institutions. Twelve fruit species grown on the Cerrado, a savanna with acidic soils, were compared to conventional Red...

2012-08-07 02:30:45

LUXEMBOURG, NEW YORK, and UBERLANDIA, Brazil, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodrugestvo Group S. A. (Sodrugestvo) has announced the integration of all its Brazilian operations into one new entity named Alianca Agricola do Cerrado S.A. (Alianca). Sodrugestvo owns 61 percent of the company, and CAROL - Cooperativa dos Agricultores da Regiao de OrlAndia - 39 percent. The new company will focus on its main strengths including the origination of soybeans in the cerrado region of Brazil for...

Image 1 - Preserved Habitat Near National Parks Helps Preserve Species
2012-01-31 15:00:14

National parks often are established to help preserve species native to a particular region, but it appears that some species preservation is more successful if a significant portion of land adjacent to a park also is left as natural habitat. The Cerrado region in Brazil has been identified as the most biologically diverse savanna on Earth, and Emas National Park is an important protected area for populations of wide-ranging large mammals such as giant anteaters, jaguars and puma. But...

2011-09-14 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) has named Ana Maria Polo, host of Telemundo's "Caso Cerrado," recipient of the 2011 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award. Presented annually in conjunction with the NAMIC Conference, the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award was established in 1992 in memory of the late Congressman from Texas for his lifelong advocacy of social justice and equality for people...

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2011-05-04 08:35:00

Rotational grazing in native pasturelands benefits wildlife Rotational grazing of cattle in native pasturelands in Brazil's Pantanal and Cerrado regions can benefit both cattle and wildlife, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The technique, which has been adapted for a variety of livestock worldwide, calls for cattle to graze in small areas for shorter periods of time before moving onto other pastures. The result is a greater forage base that produces larger, more...

2011-04-18 12:42:54

Brazilians are world leaders in using biofuels for gasoline. About a quarter of their automobile fuel consumption comes from sugarcane, which significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that otherwise would be emitted from using gasoline. Now scientists from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology have found that sugarcane has a double benefit. Expansion of the crop in areas previously occupied by other Brazilian crops cools the local climate. It does so by reflecting...

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2011-03-29 13:31:58

A new study funded by NASA has found that Amazon forests are losing their greenness due to last year's record-breaking drought. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation -- a measure of its health -- decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," Liang Xu of Boston University and the study's lead author said in a statement. Researchers used computer models...

2008-09-21 03:00:22

By MacDonald, Christine JUDSON BARROS lives in the state of Piaui in northwestern Brazil - a region known as El Cerrado that is traditionally dominated by dirt poor family farms and tropical woodland savannahs. It's a stunted, scruffy landscape often overshadowed by the larger and more romanticized Amazon jungle to its west. But it is nonetheless important as Brazil's second-largest ecosystem. Scientists say it is one of the most biologically diverse savannahs on the planet. In 2003, New...


Latest Cerrado Reference Libraries

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2009-07-01 13:41:09

The Neotropic ecozone is one of Earth's eight ecosystems. This ecozone is also known as the Neotropical ecozone. It is made up of South and Central America, the Mexican lowlands, Caribbean Islands, and southern Florida. The southernmost part of South America is part of the Antarctic ecosystem. Many of the regions included in the Neotropic share the same diversity among plant and animal life. The flora and fauna of the Neotropic are unique and distinct from the Nearctic (which includes most of...

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2009-07-02 23:05:06

The Cerrado (English: "inaccessible") is an immense tropical savanna ecoregion located in Brazil. It is distinguished by its wide variety of plant and animal biodiversity. According to the World Wildlife Fund, it is the richest savanna in the world, known for its flora and fauna. The climate of the Cerrado is mostly hot to semi-humid in the summer with a dry winter season which lasts from May to October. The annual precipitation for this region is between 31 - 63 inches. The soils are old,...

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