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Record number 493961
Title The past, present, and potential future of liana ecology
Author(s) Schnitzer, S.A.; Putz, F.E.; Bongers, F.J.J.M.; Kroening, K.
Source In: Ecology of lianas Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell - ISBN 9781118392492 - p. 3 - 10.
Department(s) Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2014
Abstract Lianas are a conspicuous component of many forests, particularly in the tropics. Lianas also compete intensely with trees for belowground resources – primarily water and nutrients. Liana publication rate was extremely low until the 1980s, after which it began a rapid rise. The increase in liana abundance will motivate forest managers to more actively manage lianas in timber-producing forests. Lianas can be used to test basic ecological theory on the factors controlling plant species distribution, the maintenance of species diversity, plant competition, and large-scale structural change in tropical forests. The causes and consequences of increasing liana abundance and biomass will likely become an active area of future study. A deeper understanding of liana life-history strategies and how these strategies enable lianas to compete successfully with trees may reveal the causes of increasing liana abundance and biomass, and the ways in which these increases will alter future tropical forest dynamics.
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