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Lianas reduce carbon accumulation and storage in tropical forests

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van der Heijden GM; Powers JS; Schnitzer SA

Wofsy SC

2015

PNAS

112

13267–13271

Tropical forests store vast quantities of carbon account for one-third of the carbon fixed by photosynthesis and are a major sink in the global carbon cycle. Recent evidence suggests that competition between lianas (woody vines) and trees may reduce forest-wide carbon uptake; however estimates of the impact of lianas on carbon dynamics of tropical forests are crucially lacking. Here we used a large-scale liana removal experiment and found that at 3 y after liana removal lianas reduced net above-ground carbon uptake (growth and recruitment minus mortality) by

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.