Evidence for arrested succession in a liana-infested Amazonian forest
Blaise Tymen, Maxime Réjou-Méchain, James W. Dalling, Sophie Fauset, Ted R. Feldpausch, Natalia Norden, Oliver L. Phillips, Benjamin L. Turner, Jérôme Viers and Jérôme Chave
Article first published online: 27 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12504
Because persistently high rates of liana infestation are maintained by the fast dynamics of the liana-infested forest, liana-infested forests here appear to be the result of an arrested tropical forest succession. If the prevalence of such arrested succession forests were to increase in the future, this would have important implications for the carbon sink potential of Amazonian forests.