29 Jan '16, 2am

Vines may be bad news for forest carbon storage

Vines may be bad news for forest carbon storage

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that vines called lianas reduce the carbon storage capacity of tropical forests by crowding out and sometimes even killing trees. With tropical forests acting as one of the world’s greatest defenses against global warming, the study’s authors say that understanding the impact of lianas on carbon sequestration is important to figuring out just how much carbon forests will be able to store in the coming years. Lianas are woody vines that use other plants – mainly trees – as support by climbing on them to reach higher, sunnier localles. These vines are native to tropical forests, which exhibit the greatest abundance and diversity of these climber species. Research suggests lianas have been increasing in number and bulk in tropical forests recently. They can also inhibit tree growth by up to ...

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