Data from: Chronic anthropogenic disturbance drives the biological impoverishment of the Brazilian Caatinga vegetation

Elâine Maria S. Ribeiro, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Bráulio A. Santos, Marcelo Tabarelli & Inara R. Leal
1. In addition to acute transformations of ecosystems caused by deforestation, old-growth forests worldwide are being increasingly altered by low-intensity but chronic human disturbance. Overgrazing and the continuous extraction of forest products are important drivers of chronic disturbance, which can lead to the gradual local extinction of species and the alteration of vegetation structure. 2. We tested this hypothesis in the Brazilian Caatinga vegetation, one of the most species-rich and populated semi-arid regions of the...
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