African pollen database inventory of tree and shrub pollen types

Annie Vincens, Anne-Marie Lezine, Guillaume Buchet, Dorothee Lewden, Annick Le Thomas, Chiori Agwu, Catherine Azema, Aziz Ballouche, Andrew Baxter, Martin Bengo, Kristina Beuning, Margaret Bolick, Raymonde Bonnefille, Britt Bousman, N. Buchet, David Burney, Claude Caratini, Jose Carrion, Jean-Pierre Cazet, J. CohenB. Cooresman, Pierre Cour, Michelle Denefle, Lydie Dupont, Daniele Duzer, Thérèse Edorh, G. E. B. El Ghazali, A. P. El Moslimany, Saida El Moutaki, Hilaire Elenga, Phillippe Guinet, A. C. Hamilton, Olov Hedberg, Henry Hooghiemstra, S. J. E. Irving, Susanne Jahns, Dominique Jolly, Hiroshi Kadomura, R. L. Kendall, Henry Lamb, Ruth Laseski, Suzanne Leroy, Daniel Livingstone, Roberto Magioncalda, Jean Maley, Robert Marchant, Fabienne Marret, Katsumi Matsumoto, Michael Meadows, Anna-Maria Mercuri, Mohammed Umer Mohammed, M. E. S. Morrison, Marcela Moscol-Olivera, Immaculate Nakimera-Ssemmanda, Charles Ntaganda, Makisang Nyakale, Clara Osadtchy, Alan Perrott, Armand Pons, Pierre Quezel, Isabelle Reynaud-Farrera, Guy Riollet, Jim Ritchie, Emile Roche, Stephen Rucina, Ulrich Salzmann, Erhard Schulz, Louis Scott, Ning Shi, Guillaume Soulet, Adebisi Sowunmi, Herbert Straka, Jean Sugden, David Taylor, Colette Tissot, Elise van Campo, Madeleine van Campo, Eduard van Zinderen Bakker, Sikiminywa Vilimumbalo, Martyn Waller, Julie Watrin, Jean-Pierre Ybert

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African pollen data have been used in many empirical or quantitative palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. However, the pollen types used in these studies were not controlled and standardised, preventing the precise understanding of pollen-plant and pollen-climate relation that is necessary for the accurate quantification of continental scale climate change or ecological processes in the past. This paper presents a summary of the progress made with the African Pollen Database (APD) inventory of plant diversity from pollen data extracted from 276 fossil sites and more than 1500 modem samples, with a focus on tropical tree pollen types. This inventory (1145 taxa) gives, for each pollen taxon whose nomenclature is discussed, information on the habit, habitat and phytogeographical distribution of the plants they come from. Special attention has been paid to pollen types with similar morphology, which include several plant species or genera, whose biological or environmental parameters can differ considerably.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
JournalReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology
Issue number1-2
Early online date28 Nov 2006
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


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