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Biodiversity of Lianas

  • N. Parthasarathy
  • Numerous case-studies on biodiversity and Ecology of lianas from wide range of global forest types help the readers to understand biodiversity status and provided with colour photos of forest sites and important species

  • Two chapters on forest biomass carbon stock will help understanding global carbon issue and the role of trees and lianas in the process

  • Two chapters relate to ecosystem services and plant traits help understanding the potential values of liana diversity and sustainable use of forest resources


Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. N. Parthasarathy, P. Vivek
    Pages 1-6
  3. Agustina Malizia, Paula I. Campanello, Mariana Villagra, Sergio Ceballos
    Pages 17-42
  4. Sandra M. Durán, G. A. Sánchez-Azofeifa
    Pages 43-55
  5. S. K. Barik, D. Adhikari, A. Chettri, P. P. Singh
    Pages 99-121
  6. N. Parthasarathy, P. Vivek, C. Muthumperumal, S. Muthuramkumar, N. Ayyappan
    Pages 123-148
  7. SM. Sundarapandian, C. Muthumperumal, K. Subashree
    Pages 211-253
  8. Mason Campbell, Ainhoa Magrach, William F. Laurance
    Pages 255-274
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 275-278

About this book


The scope of biodiversity science is vast. The conservation of the rich biological wealth of our planet earth, sustainable use of biodiversity resources and their wiser management become crucial and challenging. On-going global changes exert their effect on biodiversity, bio-resources and their use patterns for sustainable development as to conserve them for generations to come.

The lianas or the woody climbers form one of the fascinating groups of forest plant diversity, yet remain relatively under-researched, as compared to trees. They occur in temperate, sub-tropical and tropical forests, but particularly diverse in tropical environments, and their density is exceedingly high in dry tropics. Lianas have both positive and negative contribution in forest ecology, particularly the liana load on trees reduce tree growth and enhance tree mortality. Lianas also play important positive roles in forest functioning, contribute substantially to forest aboveground biomass and render several ecosystem services (rewarding leaf, flower and fruit resources )  to various faunal communities, and provide several goods of economic importance utilized by humans (from ropes, fruits to medicine). That being the importance of lianas in forest ecosystem, it calls for greater attention in sustainable resource use and wiser management of biodiversity and conservation for ecosystem well-being and human welfare.

This book covers chapters on original articles and reviews from regional to global level contributions from various parts of the world - from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China, South & Southeast Asia and Australia. Many chapters address liana diversity in the context of geographical, climate and various other environmental attributes and discussed key issues on biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of bioresources and future direction of research useful for policy making and bio-resources management in years to come, realizing human dimensions in forest ecosystem.


Biodiversity Carbon Stock Ecosystem Services Forest Ecology Lianas Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • N. Parthasarathy
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecology and Environmental SciencePondicherry UniversityPuducherryIndia

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