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Defaunation of large-bodied frugivores reduces carbon storage in a tropical forest of Southeast Asia

Chanthorn, Wirong ; Hartig, Florian ; Brockelman, Warren Y. ; Srisang, Wacharapong ; Nathalang, Anuttara ; Santon, Jantima


Recent studies have suggested that defaunation of large-bodied frugivores reduces above-ground carbon storage in tropical forests of South America and Africa, but not, or less so, in Southeast Asian tropical forests. Here we analyze the issue using the seed dispersal network (data of interaction between trees and animal seed dispersers) and forest composition of a 30-ha forest dynamics plot in ...


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