Effects of logging on the diversity of lianas in a lowland tropical rain forest in Hainan Island, South China

  • Published source details Ding Y. & Zang R. (2009) Effects of logging on the diversity of lianas in a lowland tropical rain forest in Hainan Island, South China. Biotropica, 41, 618-624.


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Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

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Forest Conservation
  1. Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

    A site comparison study in 2004 in tropical moist lowland forest in Hainan Island, China (Ding & Zang 2009) found that clearcutting increased species richness and abundance of lianas. Species richness(species/ha) was 52 in the clearcut, 50 in the selective cut and 42 in the uncut site. Abundance of lianas (stems/ha) was 606 in the clearcut, 727 in the selective cut and 261 in the uncut site. Average diameter at breast height of liana stems was 2.7 cm in the clearcut, 3.1 cm in the selective cut and 4.5 cm in the uncut site. In 2004, a 1 ha plot was established in each of: uncut (since 1964) clearcut and selective cut (since 1964) forest sites. Each plot was divided to 100 quadrants (10 × 10 m). Liana stems were monitored in 2004.


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