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A Reply to Verbeeck and Kearsley: Addressing the Challenges of Including lianas in Global Vegetation Models

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Schnitzer SA; van der Heijden GMF; Powers JS

2016

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

113

Verbeeck and Kearsley (1) rightfully point out that global vegetation models would greatly benefit from implicitly including the effects of lianas. Recent experimental evidence that lianas substantially reduce the capacity of tropical forests to uptake and store carbon is compelling (2 3). Furthermore lianas are increasing relative to trees rapidly in many neotropical forests (4) which will further change the way that forests uptake cycle and store carbon.

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