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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
Ofosu-Bamfo, Bismark
Kwofie, Francis
Akyea-Bobi, Nukunu
A. Rahman, Fidaus
Amoah, Emmanuel
Keywords: Climbing mechanisms;
lianas
reproduction guilds
species composition
species diversity;
treefall gaps
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Taylor & Francis Group
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 logged2,14,40and68yearsbeforethesurveysandinanold-growthforeststand(ca.>200years). Results:Lianaspeciescompositiondifferedsignificantlyamong theforeststands,asafunction 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 forest. Conclusions: Logging impacts on liana community structure and functional traits were largely evident, though no clear chronosequence trends were recorded, except for species composition.
Description: This article is published at Taylor & Francis Group and also available at, https://doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2019.1675095
URI: doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2019.1675095
http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14623
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