Liana co-occurrence patterns in a temperate rainforest

Blick, R. A. J. and Burns, K. C. (2011) Liana co-occurrence patterns in a temperate rainforest. Journal of Vegetation Science, 22 5: 868-877. doi:10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01287.x

Author Blick, R. A. J.
Burns, K. C.
Title Liana co-occurrence patterns in a temperate rainforest
Journal name Journal of Vegetation Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1100-9233
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01287.x
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 868
End page 877
Total pages 10
Place of publication Grangaerde, Sweden
Publisher Opulus Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Questions: Are liana–host interactions structured at the community level? Do liana–host interactions differ between species, growth form guilds or habitats?

Location: Otari-Wilton's Bush, on the southern tip of North Island, New Zealand. The forest contains 75 ha of mature and regenerating conifer–broadleaf forest.

Methods: Nine liana species were quantified among 217 trees to test for negative co-occurrence patterns. We also conducted additional analyses within and among compartments embedded in the community-level matrix. Liana and host abundance distributions were assessed across two contrasting habitats.

Results: Community-level analyses revealed negative co-occurrence patterns. Positive, neutral and negative co-occurrence patterns were found among compartments within the community-level matrix. Host species compartments were consistent with randomized expectations, while positive co-occurrence patterns were found within the host species matrix. Negative co-occurrence patterns were found inconsistently among lianas that share the same region of host space, and those that do not.

Overall, results indicate the liana community is structured non-randomly. Liana–host interactions appear to follow an opportunistic growth strategy and interactions are due mostly to habitat partitioning.
Keyword Compartments
Negative co-occurrence
Null model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation Publications
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