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Hans Verbeeck ERC ERCcOMICS

Tropical forests play an essential role in the global carbon cycle - a well-known fact. Something that not many people know, however, is that lianas are key components of these forests, and furthermore, they have been increasing in abundance and biomass over the last two decades, but nobody knows why. Therefore, the ERC council awarded Prof. Hans Verbeeck a grant to discover the reason why. Liana proliferation might be a key adaptation mechanism of tropical forests to climate change, with large impacts on the long term tropical forest carbon balance, and until now no single terrestrial ecosystem model currently includes lianas!

published on 24/07/2018