Lianas reduce tropical forest carbon storage

The new collaborative paper with Stefan Schitzer and Geertje van der Heijden on the effects of lianas on forest carbon storage and cycling is out today.  Check it out here, or see this link for media coverage at the Australian or the New York Times or EOS.  We used a large-scale liana removal experiment in Panama to create forests with and lianas and forests without them.  Liana-free tropical forests devoted more NPP to stem growth. By contrast, forests with lianas devoted more NPP to canopy production.

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