It's a long way to the top if you have to climb a bole; vines and the rainforest

Campbell, Mason, and Magrach Gonzalez, Ainhoa (2013) It's a long way to the top if you have to climb a bole; vines and the rainforest. Australian Wildlife, 3. pp. 6-10.

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[Extract] We have all seen Tarzan swinging through the trees gracefully shifting from vine to vine whilst travelling to his next adventure, but have you ever stopped to wonder what he was actually hanging from? If not, you're not alone. In fact, as late as the mid 1970s, worldwide knowledge of the ecology of woody vines (lianas) was described by one researcher as a "virtual blank". This is despite a strong interest in vines by many early luminaries, including the great Charles Darwin himself who in 1867 wrote an article for the erudite Linnaean Society entitled "On the Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants". Unfortunately, after Darwin's era, the exclusive study of vines to any great extent abated for over a hundred years. However, by the early 1980s a renaissance of interest into vines had begun and this continues to grow into the present day as we attempt to glean a clearer understanding of how these "ropes of the jungle" operate.

Item ID: 37092
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 05:23
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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