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A Mechanistic Explanation for Global Patterns of Liana Abundance and Distribution
  • S. Schnitzer
  • Environmental Science
    The American Naturalist
  • 16 May 2005
TLDR
Using data from 69 tropical forests worldwide, it is demonstrated that liana abundance is correlated negatively with mean annual precipitation and positively with seasonality, a pattern precisely the opposite of most other plant types.
Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest
TLDR
It is found that tree species that showed stronger negative feedback were less common as adults in the forest community, indicating that susceptibility to soil biota may determine species relative abundance in these tropical forests.
Increasing liana abundance and biomass in tropical forests: emerging patterns and putative mechanisms.
TLDR
To determine whether liana increases are occurring throughout the tropics and to determine the mechanisms responsible for the observed patterns, a widespread network of large-scale, long-term monitoring plots combined with observational and manipulative studies that more directly investigate the putative mechanisms are essential.
Density and diversity of lianas along a chronosequence in a central Panamanian lowland forest
TLDR
Results have shown that their important contribution to total basal area and biomass can continue as the forest matures, even as the numbers of established lianas declines.
The impact of lianas on tree regeneration in tropical forest canopy gaps: evidence for an alternative pathway of gap‐phase regeneration
TLDR
G gap-phase regeneration in an old-growth tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island in Panama is investigated, suggesting that lianas appear to inhibit non-pioneer tree survival while indirectly enhancing that of pioneer trees.
Censusing and Measuring Lianas: A Quantitative Comparison of the Common Methods 1
TLDR
A new allometric equation relating diameter and biomass developed from 424 lianas from five independent data sets collected in four countries is presented, suggesting that the equations may be broadly applicable to cross-study comparisons.
Soil microbes drive the classic plant diversity-productivity pattern.
TLDR
It is demonstrated theoretically and empirically that host-specific soil microbes can be major determinants of the diversity-productivity relationship in grasslands using an analytical model and a series of experiments.
A Standard Protocol for Liana Censuses 1
TLDR
This article seeks to increase uniformity in liana inventories by providing specific recommendations for the determination of which taxa to include, the location of diameter measurement points on individual stems, the setting of minimum stem diameter cutoffs, the treatment of multiple-stemmed and rooted clonal groups, and the measurement of noncylindrical stems.
Disentangling above‐ and below‐ground competition between lianas and trees in a tropical forest
TLDR
It is suggested that below-ground competition with lianas plays a substantial role in limiting the growth of saplings in disturbed and secondary tropical forests, and above-ground effects may be due to a combination of above-Ground competition and mechanical stress.
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