Liana abundance and relationships to sapling and tree hosts in an East African primary forest

Show simple item record Laurentino, T. G. Baur, J. Usui, T. Eichhorn, Markus P. 2019-01-21T11:31:02Z 2019-01-21T11:31:02Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Laurentino, T. G., Baur, J., Usui, T. and Eichhorn, M. P. (2019) 'Liana abundance and relationships to sapling and tree hosts in an East African primary forest', African Journal of Ecology, In Press, doi: 10.1111/aje.12584 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 15 en
dc.identifier.issn 0141-6707
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/aje.12584
dc.description.abstract Lianas are an important structural component of tropical rain forests. Recent concern regarding a putative global rise in liana abundance, and its implications for forest conservation, calls for data collection across biomes. We here provide a first assessment and baseline data for a geographical gap in liana surveys to date. We surveyed liana (diameter at breast height [DBH] > 1 cm), tree (DBH > 10 cm) and sapling (DBH ≤ 10 cm) abundance and basal area, as well as liana–host relationships, in a tropical East African primary forest. We recorded a total of 347 liana stems (DBH > 1 cm) in 0.31 ha, with an average basal area of 1.21 m2/ha. Lianas were found to be widespread, with 24% of saplings and 57% of trees colonised by at least one liana, independently of bark texture or host diameter. The dominant liana colonisation strategy was to associate with a single host, through stem twining. We found no evidence of liana density being influenced by host density. We synthesised published liana density data across continents and report that our estimate of liana density for Kibale's primary forest fits within the expected range of liana densities for primary tropical forests. This synthesis further highlights a neotropical sampling bias, which our findings make a step towards addressing. en
dc.description.sponsorship British Ecological Society (Travel Grant) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.rights © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Laurentino TG, Baur J, Usui T, Eichhorn MP. Liana abundance and relationships to sapling and tree hosts in an East African primary forest. Afr J Ecol. 2018; 00:1–7, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en
dc.subject Host en
dc.subject Liana en
dc.subject Primary forest en
dc.subject Saplings en
dc.subject Uganda en
dc.title Liana abundance and relationships to sapling and tree hosts in an East African primary forest en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Markus Eichhorn, Zoology & Ecology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.contributor.funder British Ecological Society en
dc.contributor.funder Tropical Biology Association en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle African Journal Of Ecology en
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