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|Title: ||Changes in liana community structure and functional traits along a chronosequence of selective logging in a moist semi-deciduous forest in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Addo-Fordjour, Patrick|
Rahman, Fidaus A.
|Keywords: ||Climbing mechanisms|
|Issue Date: ||13-Oct-2019|
|Publisher: ||Plant Ecology & Diversity|
|Citation: ||Plant Ecology & Diversity|
|Abstract: ||Background: Lianas are an important component of tropical forests that respond to logging
disturbance. Determining liana response to selective logging chronosequence is important for
understanding long-term logging effects on lianas and tropical forests.
Aims: Our objective was to quantify the response of liana communities to selective logging
chronosequence in a moist semi-deciduous forest in Ghana.
Methods: Liana community characteristics were determined in ten 40 m × 40 m plots randomly
and homogenously distributed in each of four selectively logged forest stands that had been
logged 2, 14, 40 and 68 years before the surveys and in an old-growth forest stand (ca. >200 years).
Results: Liana species composition differed significantly among the forest stands, as a function
of logging time span, while species richness fluctuated along the chronosequence. The
abundance of liana communities and of reproductive and climbing guilds was lower in the
logged forests than in the old-growth forest. The ratio of liana abundance and basal area to
those of trees was similar in the logged forests, but significantly lower than those in the oldgrowth
Conclusions: Logging impacts on liana community structure and functional traits were largely
evident, though no clear chronosequence trends were recorded, except for species
|Description: ||This article has been published in Plant Ecology & Diversity and is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2019.1675095|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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