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Under review

Silent loss: misapplication of an environmental law compromises conservation in a Brazilian biodiversity hotspot (second review)

Searching keystone plant resources for Neotropical frugivores (under review)

High plant taxonomic beta diversity, but functional and phylogenetic convergence in abiotically similar but geographically distant inselbergs in a biodiversity hotspot (major review)

Tropical mountains as natural laboratories to study global changes: a long-term ecological research project in a megadiverse biodiversity hotspot (second review)



Silveira, F.A.O., Dayrell, R.L.C., Fiorini, C.C., Negreiros, D., Borba, E.L. Diversification in ancient and nutrient-poor Neotropical ecosystems: how geological and climatic stability have shaped plant diversity in some of the world's neglected hotspots. 2019. In: Rull, V. & Carnaval, A. Neeotropical Diversification, Springer
Kildisheva O, Dixon KW, Silveira FAO, Chapman T, Sacco AD, Mondoni A, Turner SR, Cross AT. 2019. Dormancy and germination: making every seed count in restoration. In: The International Standards for Native Seed Use in Restoration.








Telhado, C., Silveira, F.A.O., Fernandes, G.W., Cornelissen, T.G. 2017. Fluctuating asymmetry in leaves and flowers of sympatric species in a montane environment. Plant Species Biology 32: 3-12.


Genrich, C.M.,  Mello, M.A.R., Silveira, F.A.O., Bronstein, J. & Paglia, A.P. 2017. Duality of interaction outcomes in a plant-frugivore multilayer network. Oikos 126: 361-368.




Fernandes, G.W., Duarte, H.M., Silveira, F.A.O., Broetto, F., Luttge, U, Rennenberg, H. Effect of sex and altitude on nutrients and Carbon and Nitrogen stable isotopes composition in the endangered shrub Baccharis concinna (Asteraceae). Acta Botanica Brasilica 31: 229-240



Silveira, F.A.O., Negreiros, D., Barbosa, N.P.U., Buisson, E., Carmo, F.F., Carstensen, D.W., Conceição, A.A., Cornelissen, T.G., Echternacht, L., 

Fernandes, G.W., Garcia Q.S., Guerra, T.J., Jacobi, C.M., Lemos-Filho, J.P., Le Stradic, S., Morellato, L.P.C., Neves, F.S., Oliveira, R.S., Schaefer, C.E., Viana, P.L., Lambers, H. 2016. Ecology and evolution of plant diversity in campo rupestre: a neglected biodiversity conservation priority. Plant and Soil 403: 129-152. (special issue) This paper was ranked #1 in Springer Plant Sciences in 2016.


Hopper, S.D., Silveira, F.A.O., Fiedler, P. 2016. Biodiversity Hotspots and Ocbil Theory.  Plant and Soil 403: 167-216.


Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Silveira, F.A.O., Fidelis, A.T., Poschlod, P. Commander, L.E. 2016. Seed germination traits can contribute better to plant community ecology. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 637-645.


Ribeiro, R.C., Figueiredo, M.L.N., Picorelli, A., Oliveira, D.M.T. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2016. Does seed coat structure modulate gut-passage effects on seed germination? Examples from Miconieae DC. (Melastomataceae). Seed Science Research 26: 139-147.



de Paula, L.F.A., Negreiros, D., Oliveira, L.A., Fernandes, R.L., Stehmann, J.R. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2015. Functional ecology as a missing link for conservation of a resource-limited flora in the Atlantic Forest. Biodiversity & Conservation 29: 2239-2253. (special issue)


Silveira, F.A.O. & Fuzessy, L.F. 2015. Does successful ovule development depend on its position within the pod? Examples from Neotropical Fabaceae. Plant Species Biology 30: 285-290.


Dayrell, R.L.C., Gonçalves-Alvim, S.J., Negreiros, D., Fernandes, G.W. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2015. Environmental control of seed dormancy and germination of Mimosa calodendron (Fabaceae): implications for ecological restoration of a highly threatened environment. Brazilian Journal of Botany 38: 395-399


Nativel, N., Buisson, E. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2015. Seed storage-mediated dormancy alleviation in Fabaceae from campo rupestre. Acta Botanica Brasilica 29:445-447


Le Stradic, S., Silveira, F.A.O., Buisson, E., Cazelles, K., Carvalho, V. & Fernandes. G.W. 2015. Diversity of germination strategies and seed dormancy in herbaceous species of campo rupestre grasslands. Austral Ecology 40: 537-546


 Ribeiro, R.C., Oliveira, D.M.T. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2015. A new seed coat water-impermeability mechanism in Chaetostoma armatum (Melastomataceae): evolutionary and biogeographical implications of physiophysical dormancy. Seed Science Research  25: 179-193. 


Formiga, A.T., Silveira, F.A.O., Fernandes, G.W. Isaias, R.M.S. 2015. Phenotypic plasticity and similarity among gall morphotypes on a superhost, Baccharis reticularia. Plant Biology 17: 512-521.


Silveira, F.A.O., Santos, J.C., Franceschinelli, E.V., Morellato, L.P.C. & Fernandes, G.W. 2015. Costs and benefits of reproducing under unfavorable conditions: an integrated view of ecological and physiological constraints in a cerrado shrub. Plant Ecology 216: 963-974.


Marques, A.R., Atman, A.P.F., Silveira, F.A.O. & Lemos-Filho, J. P. 2014. Are seed germination and ecological breadth associated? Testing the regeneration niche hypothesis with bromeliads in a heterogeneous Neotropical montane vegetation. Plant Ecology 215: 517-529


Silveira, F.A.O., Negreiros, D., Ranieri, B.D., Silva, C.A., Araújo, L.M. & Fernandes, G.W. 2014. Effect of seed storage on germination, seedling growth and survival of Mimosa foliolosa (Fabaceae): implications for seed banks and restoration ecology. Tropical Ecology 55: 385-392.



Lima, M.H.C., Oliveira, E.G. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2013. Interactions between ants and non-myrmecochorous fruits in Miconia (Melastomataceae) in a Neotropical Savanna. Biotropica 45: 217-223.


Silveira, F.A.O., Fernandes, G.W. & Lemos-Filho, J. P. 2013. Seed and Seedling Ecophysiology of Neotropical Melastomataceae: Implications for Conservation and Restoration of Savannas and Rainforests. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 99: 82-99.


 Sales, N.M.; Perez-Garcia, F. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2013. Consistent variation in seed germination across an environmental gradient in a Neotropical savanna. South African Journal of Botany: 87: 129-133. 


Belo, R.M., Negreiros, D., Fernandes, G.W., Silveira, F.A.O., Ranieri, B.D. & Morellato, P.C. 2013. Reproductive and vegetative phenology of endemic shrubs from Serra do Cipó rupestrian grasslands, Southeastern Brazil. Rodriguesia 64: 817-828.


Silveira, F.A.O., Ribeiro, R.C., Soares, S., Rocha, D. & Oliveira, C. 2013. Physiological dormancy and seed germination inhibitors in Miconia (Melastomataceae). Plant Ecology & Evolution 146: 290-294. 


Ranieri, B.D., Silveira, F.A.O. & Franceschinelli, E.V. 2013. Biologia floral e comportamento de visitantes florais de Tococa guianensis Aubl. (Melastomataceae) no Parque Estadual do Rio Preto, MG, Brasil. Lundiana 11: 3-8.


Rodrigues, E.R.S. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2013. Seed germination requirements of Trembleya laniflora (Melastomataceae), an endemic species from neotropical montane rocky savannas. Plant Species Biology 28: 165-168.


Silveira, F.A.O. & Oliveira, E.G. 2013. Does plant architectrual complexity increases with increasing habitat complexity? A tese with a pioneer shrub in the Brazilian Cerrado. Brazilian Journal of Biology 73: 271-277.


Silveira, F. A. O. 2013. Sowing the seeds for the future: the need for defining protocols for the study of seed dormancy. Acta Botanica Brasilica 27: 264-269.


Viana, L.R., Silveira, F.A.O., Santos, J.C., Rosa, L.H., Cares, J.E., Café-Filho, & Fernandes, G.W. 2013. Nematode-induced galls in Miconia albicans: effect of host plant density and correlations with performance. Plant Species Biology 28: 63-69.



Silveira, F.A.O.; Negreiros, D. & Araújo, L.M. 2012. Does seed germination contribute to ecological breadth and geographic range? A test with sympatric Diplusodon (Lythraceae) species from rupestrian fields. Plant Species Biology 27: 170-173.


Silveira, F.A.O., Mafia, P.O., Lemos-Filho, J. P. & Fernandes, G.W. 2012. Species-specific outcomes of avian gut passage on germination of Melastomataceae seeds. Plant Ecology and Evolution 145: 350-355.


Silveira, F.A.O.; Ribeiro, R.C.; Oliveira, D.M.T.; Fernandes, G.W. & Lemos-Filho, J.P. 2012. Evolution of physiological dormancy multiple times in Melastomataceae from Neotropical montane vegetation. Seed Science Research 1: 1-8.



Bedetti, C.S.; Aguiar, D.B.; Jannuzzi, M.C.; Moura, M.Z.D. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2011. Abiotic factors modulate phenotypic plasticity in an apomictic shrub [Miconia albicans (SW.) Triana] along a soil fertility gradient in a Neotropical savanna. Australian Journal of Botany 59: 274-282.


Hilarino, M.; Silveira, F.A.O.; Oki, Y.; Rodrigues, L.; Santos, J.C.; Correa-Jr, A.Fernandes, G.W. & Rosa, C. A. 2011. Distribution of the endophytic fungi community in leaves of Bauhinia brevipes (Fabaceae). Acta Botanica Brasilica 25: 815-821.



 Santos, J.C.; Silveira, F.A.O.; Pereira, E.C. & Fernandes, G.W. 2010. Pattern of attack of a galling insect reveals an unexpected preference-performance linkage on medium-sized resources. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 54: 96-103. 


Silveira, F.A.O.; Santos, J.C. & Fernandes, G.W. 2010. Seed germination ecophysiology of the wild pineapple, Ananas ananassoides (Baker) L.B.Sm. (Bromeliaceae). Acta Botanica Brasilica 24: 1100-1103.


 Gonçalves-Alvim, S.J.,Lana, T.C., Ranieri, B.D., Silveira, F.A.O., Ribeiro, V. & Fernandes, G.W. 2010. Growth, defense and herbivory on young leaves of Qualea parviflora (Vochysiaceae) in three different Cerrado habitats. Neotropical Biology and Conservation 5: 86-92.



Vieira, B. C. & Silveira, F.A.O. 2010. Reproductive phenology, seed germination and ex situ conservation of Pseudananas sagenarius in a semi-deciduous tropical forest fragment. Plant Species Biology 25: 214-220.



Negreiros, D., Fernandes, G.W., Silveira, F.A.O. & Chalub, C. 2009. Seedling growth and biomass allocation of endemic and threatened shrubs of rupestrian fields. Acta Oecologica 35: 301-310.


Rosumek, F.B.; Silveira, F.A.O.; Neves, F.S.; Barbosa, N.P.U. ; Diniz, L.H.; Oki, Y.; Pezzini, F.; Fernandes, G. W. & Cornelissen, T.G. 2009. Ants on plants: a meta-analysis of the role of ants as plant biotic defenses. Oecologia 160: 537-549.


Sá, C.E.M., Silveira, F.A.O., Santos, J.C., Isaias, R.M.S. & Fernandes, G.W. 2009. Anatomical and developmental aspects of leaf galls induced by Schizomyia macrocapillata Maia (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on Bauhinia brevipes Vogel (Fabaceae). Revista Brasileira de Botânica 32: 319-327.


Santos, J.C.; Silveira, F.A.O. & Fernandes, G.W. 2008. Long term oviposition preference and larval performance of Schizomyia macrocapillata (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on larger shoots of its host plant Bauhinia brevipes (Fabaceae). Evolutionary Ecology 22: 123-137.



Lara, D.P., Oliveira, L.A., Azevedo, I.F.P., Xavier, M.F., Silveira, F.A.O., Carneiro, M.A.A. & Fernandes, G.W. 2008. Relationships between host plant architecture and gall abundance and survival. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 52: 78-81.


Maia, V.C., Silveira, F.A.O., Oliveira, L.A. & Xavier, M.F. 2008. Asphondylia gochnatiae, a new species of gall midge (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae) associated with Gochnatia polymorpha (Less.) Cabrera (Asteraceae). Zootaxa 1740: 53-58.



Silveira, F.A.O., Santos, J.C., Viana, L.R., Falqueto, S.A., Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z. & Fernandes, G.W. 2006. Predation of Atta laevigata (Formicidae) by Canthon virens (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tropical Zoology 19: 1-7.


Silveira, F.A.O. & Fernandes, G.W. 2006. Effect of light, temperature and scarification on the germination of Mimosa foliolosa (Leguminosae) seeds. Seed Science and Technology 34: 585-592.


Almeida, F.V.M., Santos, J.C., Silveira, F.A.O. & Fernandes, G.W. 2006. Distribution and frequency of galls induced by Anisodiplosis waltheriae Maia (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on the invasive plant Waltheria indica L. (Sterculiaceae). Neotropical Entomology 35: 435-439.



Santos, J.C.; Silveira, F.A.O.; Almeida, F.V.M. & Fernandes, G.W. 2005. Notes on the ecology and behavior of Pachycoris torridus (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae): new host plant, color polymorphism, maternal care and parasitism. Lundiana 6: 107-111.


Silveira, F.A.O., Fernandes, F. & Fernandes, G.W. 2005. Light and temperature influence on seed germination of Calliandra fasciculata Benth. (Leguminosae). Lundiana 6: 95-97.



Gomes, V.; Collevatti, R.G.; Silveira, F.A.O. & Fernandes, G.W. 2004. The distribution of genetic variability in Baccharis concinna (Asteraceae), an endemic, dioecious and threatened shrub of rupestrian fields of Brazil. Conservation Genetics 5: 157-165.


Silveira, F.A.O., Negreiros, D. & Fernandes, G.W. 2004. Influência da luz e da temperatura na germinação de sementes de Marcetia taxifolia (A. St.-Hil.) DC. (Melastomataceae). Acta Botanica Brasilica 18: 847-851.


Santos, J.C., Viana, L.R., Silveira, F.A.O. Penteado-Dias, A.M. & Fernandes, G.W. 2004. Ovipositing behaviour of Compsobracon mirabilis (Szépligeti) (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) in a cerrado habitat, southeastern Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 48: 139-140.