Vines Choking Out Trees in the Tropics

16:51 minutes

It’s a rivalry as old as forests themselves: the ancient battle between trees and their competitors, the vines. But now, ecologists say, the vines are winning. Bill Laurance, of Australia’s James Cook University, says increased forest fragmentation and a boost in carbon dioxide may be contributing to the vines’ domination.

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Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance is distinguished research professor at the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia.

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