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Marquette scientists find vines in tropical forest may significantly accelerate climate change

Lianas-in-PanamaThe three-year project by Marquette biologists found that the amount of carbon absorbed in a tropical forest in Panama decreased by 76 percent per year when the woody vines, called lianas, were present. The scientists said lianas could reduce storage of carbon by 35 percent in tropical forests over the next 50 years.

Tropical forests account for one-third of the carbon fixed by photosynthesis, acting as a major sink in the global carbon cycle.