Liana Abundance, Diversity, and Distribution on Barro Colorado Island, Panama

  title={Liana Abundance, Diversity, and Distribution on Barro Colorado Island, Panama},
  author={Stefan A. Schnitzer and Scott A. Mangan and James W. Dalling and Claire A. Baldeck and Stephen P. Hubbell and A. Ledo and Helene C. Muller-Landau and Michael F. Tobin and Salom{\'o}n Aguilar and David Brassfield and Andr{\'e}s Hern{\'a}ndez and Suzanne Lao and Rolando Maguina Perez and Oldemar Valdes and Suzanne Rutishauser Yorke},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Lianas are a key component of tropical forests; however, most surveys are too small to accurately quantify liana community composition, diversity, abundance, and spatial distribution - critical components for measuring the contribution of lianas to forest processes. In 2007, we tagged, mapped, measured the diameter, and identified all lianas ≥1 cm rooted in a 50-ha plot on Barro Colorado Island, Panama (BCI). We calculated liana density, basal area, and species richness for both independently… CONTINUE READING
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