Biodiversity of Lianas pp 255-274

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Liana Diversity and the Future of Tropical Forests

  • Mason Campbell
  • Ainhoa Magrach
  • William F. Laurance

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mason Campbell
    • 1
  • Ainhoa Magrach
    • 2
  • William F. Laurance
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) and College of Marine and Environmental SciencesJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia
  2. 2.Ecosystem Management Group, Institute of Terrestrial EcosystemsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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