Seasonal differences in leaf-level physiology give lianas a competitive advantage over trees in a tropical seasonal forest

@article{Cai2009SeasonalDI,
  title={Seasonal differences in leaf-level physiology give lianas a competitive advantage over trees in a tropical seasonal forest},
  author={Zhiquan Cai and Stefan A. Schnitzer and Frans Bongers},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2009},
  volume={161},
  pages={25 - 33}
}
Lianas are an important component of most tropical forests, where they vary in abundance from high in seasonal forests to low in aseasonal forests. We tested the hypothesis that the physiological ability of lianas to fix carbon (and thus grow) during seasonal drought may confer a distinct advantage in seasonal tropical forests, which may explain pan-tropical liana distributions. We compared a range of leaf-level physiological attributes of 18 co-occurring liana and 16 tree species during the… CONTINUE READING

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