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A standard protocol for liana censuses
Gerwing J; Schnitzer S; Burnham R; Bongers F; Chave J; DeWalt S; Ewango C; Foster R; Kenfack D; Martinez-Ramos M; Parren M; Parthasarathy N; Perez-Salicrup D; Putz F; Thomas D
A recent increase in published studies of lianas has been paralleled by a proliferation of protocols for censusing lianas. This article seeks to increase uniformity in liana inventories by providing specific recommendations for the determination of which taxa to include; the location of diameter measurement points on individual stems the setting of minimum stem diameter cut-offs the treatment of multiple-stemmed and rooted clonal groups and the measurement of non-cylindrical stems. Use of more uniform liana censusing protocols may facilitate comparison of independently collected datasets and further our understanding of global patterns in liana abundance diversity biomass and dynamics.
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