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Liana Diversity and the Future of Tropical Forests

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Abstract

Lianas contribute substantially to the total species richness of tropical forests, accounting for up to a quarter of the woody plant diversity. However, liana diversity is intrinsically linked with forest condition and consequently is altered by human-induced forest modifications. Multiple environmental drivers including forest fragmentation, logging and climate change are impacting tropical forests; the extent and intensity of their effects will likely define future global liana diversity.

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Disturbance
  • Fragmentation
  • Hunting
  • Lianas
  • Logging
  • Vines

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This research was supported by an ARC Discovery Grant awarded to WL. AM was funded by an ETH fellowship.

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Campbell, M., Magrach, A., Laurance, W.F. (2015). Liana Diversity and the Future of Tropical Forests. In: Parthasarathy, N. (eds) Biodiversity of Lianas. Sustainable Development and Biodiversity, vol 5. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14592-1_13

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